A review of Pennsylvania Ballet by Alastair Macaulay in The New York Times.
The company, which has had a strong Balanchine association since its start in 1963, has just 32 dancers, most of whom danced two of Thursdays ballets each. Its orchestra played the three scores handsomely, skillfully conducted by Beatrice Jona Affron. The elegant, bright Arantxa Ochoa and the hunky, precise Ian Hussey led Raymonda Variations to Glazunovs music. Its wonderful to see again this astonishingly intricate and step-packed piece, with its staggering demands of footwork, turns and jumps for five supporting women, as well as the lead couple.
The Pennsylvania dancers dont have full Balanchinean turnout amid the highest-speed passages there were a few blurs and slips but their style is bright and lucid, with especially spacious arms. The steps shone: Audience members left the performance talking about them (and their awesome demands) above all. Ms. Ochoas deportment is one source of delight; Mr. Husseys command of rapidly beaten jumps another.
The Pennsylvania Ballet opened its 48th season with a black-tie affair on Wednesday night. After watching a performance at the Academy of Music, guests dodged rain drops to attend a reception at the Union League. Below: Alexandeiz Iziliaev, principal dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet, a guest, Arantxa Ochoa, also a principal dancer, and Dasha Yermakova and Richard Pruett, co-chairs for the evening.