Posted 03 April 2003 - 11:12 AM
You should definitely see Les Sylphides (aka Chopiniana). You'd probably enjoy La Sylphide as well. It's difficult to choose companies that do good versions of the classics in North America; few have the resources to really pull them off and those that do don't always try very hard. It's probably best to see the Royal Ballet, Maryinsky, Bolshoi, or Paris Opéra when they tour if you really want to see the best. Otherwise, the truncated versions on this side of the Atlantic still give a pretty good idea of the important choreographic points. ABT gives vague sketches of the classics, but don't bother with McKenzie's Nutcracker. You should also perhaps try and see Symphony in C by Balanchine and might like the Diamonds section from his ballet "Jewels." It will be much easier to find a good version of those, though the corps will probably not be very synchronized ;).