It’s their feeling for gender in which they’re at their most modern. No one has worked harder than Mr. Morris to give same-sex and heterosexual couples equal weight. Ballet, however, largely remains a sexist and exclusively hetero genre; so it was a signal event in May when Mr. Ratmansky’s "
Dumbarton" treated same-sex couples as if they were simply another reasonable ingredient of society. And both choreographers show unidealized views of men and women. The celesta music that Tchaikovsky wrote for the "Nutcracker" Sugar Plum Fairy usually speaks of enchantment; but these two men hear it in terms of modern women, both bewildered and amused by falling in love.
*updated from "fifty"