The fall seasons of 2010 and 2011, by contrast, have felt like merely more of the same: leftovers from the spring, supplemented each time by a premiere that generated no special sense of anticipation and proved forgettable. (Last year’s was by Benjamin Millepied, a recurrent choreographer whose next City Ballet premiere is in spring.)
A ballet company is forever a work in progress. Wouldn’t it make all the difference to give us at least one major revival of a big, full-throttle Balanchine ballet that hasn’t been seen in a while? Something to test the prowess and artistry of the company’s several remarkable younger principals? Isn’t it time for new casting in “Chaconne” and “Mozartiana”? When will “Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2,” “Raymonda Variations” or “Harlequinade” return? Will the new production of “Symphony in C” bring new casts as well as new costumes? isn’t Mr. Martins too cautious about exposing his best dancers to the highest challenges?