I'd like to pose a side question to this -
Instead of ballets that should not be revived because they aren't good enough, does anyone feel there are ballets that are so dated/have outlived their purpose that they no longer merit revival at all?
I'd put Bolender's Souvenirs in that category. And I think NYCB has dumped Balanchine's one-act Swan Lake there as well.
To me, for instance, Les Patineurs feels incredibly dated and pursues no aesthetic purpose--I can't imagine the gain it confers on any company performing it. I'm sure others feel differently!
I think perhaps there's a subsection of this side question -- ballets that need to take a break and come back after they've shifted from "dated" to "retro" (or whatever titles are appropriate at the time)
For ages "Western Symphony" made me cringe, the cultural cliches grated on my sensibilities like chalk on a blackboard. But the last couple of times I've seen it, in the Pacific Northwest Ballet staging, I've been able to get beyond the stereotypes (and the pastiche score) to appreciate the wit and facility of the choreography.
But then, I still love Patineurs in all its coy glory.
I adore Les Patineurs, as well as Western Symphony. WS doesn't work well unless the dancers get the wittiness in the piece, which is hard when they try to oversell it. I would love to see PNB perform it. I haven't seen it on stage in over 10 years.
When Michael Vernon staged Patineurs at IU last year I saw it twice, just for the sheer glory of seeing Ashton performed 40 miles from my house (in Bloomington, Indiana no less - one seldom gets to see Ashton of any sort performed in the Midwest). They actually did rather well. Alas, my ancient tape of ABTs PBS performance with Fernando Bujones, one of my favorite tapes of all time, has disintegrated.