Reviews of New York City Ballet.The New York Times
The Faster Times
Last performed in 2010, “Liebeslieder” returned to the New York City Ballet repertory on Friday night at the David H. Koch Theater. (A second cast performed on Sunday afternoon.) The revival has been lovingly rehearsed, though some important problems remain. In particular, the room is insufficiently transformed in the second part. In Balanchine’s original production the translucent walls revealed a sky full of stars; in this version, first staged in 1984, there are no stars.
.....And then there is “In G Major,” set to Ravel’s Gershwin-like piano concerto in G and originally created for Suzanne Farrell and Peter Martins (in 1975). This sensual, Art-Deco-inflected ballet contains perhaps the most complete account of a summer romance—from flirtation to love in full bloom–ever seen in ballet. In one performance, Maria Kowroski was a sexy starlet at the beach; Tyler Angle her Adonis-like counterpart, a champion athlete perhaps, flirting with all the girls. The two sized each other up, in a series of sauntering walks toward and away from each other, then side by side, then hand in hand, until by the end of the pas de deux—the end of the summer—they were hopelessly in love. At another performance of “In G Major,” Sterling Hyltin and Robert Fairchild were the lovers; the two were less glamorous, but the crescendo of their attraction burned even more brightly.