NYCB Spring 2012 Season
Posted 12 June 2012 - 12:27 PM
Posted 16 June 2012 - 11:22 AM
It’s fair to say that New York City Ballet has begun a renaissance. The recent season at the David H. Koch Theater kept supplying evidence of this, not least at Sunday’s closing performance of George Balanchine’s two-act “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” led by Teresa Reichlen as Titania and, even better, with Tiler Peck in the Act II divertissement.
Paradoxically, it’s also fair to say that the company’s doldrums, so evident in the 1990s and well into this century, show no sign of abating. The company still fields in prima roles a number of women who dance as twinkle-toed soubrettes, devoid of adult decisiveness, musicianly phrasing or linear beauty.
They have their male counterparts too: men who are amiably, efficiently and dully blank. Such dancers have reduced the company’s founding choreographers to Balanchine and Robbins Lite.
And yet such dancers have been consistently promoted by the company’s ballet master in chief, Peter Martins, for over two decades. Who can solve this conundrum in chief? ...
It does not help to look to Mr. Martins’s taste in new choreography.
Posted 16 June 2012 - 07:45 PM
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