A report from the Vail International Dance Festival
by Alastair Macaulay in The New York Times.
On Tuesday evening Damian Woetzel, the director of the Vail International Dance Festival, and Peter Martins, the ballet master in chief of New York City Ballet, presented an evening of talk and dance about Balanchine and the male dancer. Both men’s experience of the subject is extensive: Mr. Martins danced leading Balanchine roles from the late 1960s until his retirement in 1983 (the year of Balanchine’s death); Mr. Woetzel, who retired as a City Ballet principal in 2008, was prominent among the first generation of post-Balanchine men to join the company. The psychological dynamics were striking. Mr. Woetzel was clever, informative but overly loquacious; Mr. Martins was judicious, sage, wry, supportive of his dancers and a source of Balanchine lore.