NYCB's April 2014 Kennedy Center-DC season
Posted 08 May 2013 - 04:27 AM
(4/2 & 4/3)
Soirée Musicale (Wheeldon/Barber)
Year of the Rabbit (Peck/Stevens)
Namouna, A Grand Divertissement (Ratmansky/Lalo) One of my fave Ratmanskys - Woohooo!!!!!
Posted 08 May 2013 - 05:55 AM
Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:13 AM
That mixed bill almost makes up for NYCB bringing Jewels again. Thanks for the news, Natalia!
You make it sounds bringing Jewels is a disappointment. I, on the other hand, cannot have enough Jewels.
Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:27 AM
I travel a fair bit and I try to attend the ballet where ever I can, and Jewels is overstaged right now, IMO. I assume companies like it because it's a full length Balanchine, and it probably sells well. But I've seen NYCB, Miami, RB, POB and the Mariinsky do it, all in the past couple of years, plus Washington Ballet in Rubies .
I do like Jewels (and I wish we would get a GOOD recording of it, from NYCB or Miami), but it is possible to see it too often (especially with mediocre, not-very-Balanchinian interpretations).
Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:42 AM
Posted 09 May 2013 - 07:38 AM
While I'm glad they feel sure enough of the audience here to bring a mixed bill of contemporary work, I'd prefer to see rare and demanding Balanchine - Ivesiana and Variations Pour une Porte et un Soupir, for example. (I can dream). Depending on casting, I may skip the mixed bill and double down on Jewels.
Posted 09 May 2013 - 08:07 AM
Posted 09 May 2013 - 08:34 AM
Year of the Rabbit and Namouna are both very strong works.
So I've read. I'd still prefer to enrich my understanding of Balanchine by seeing rare works, even if in themselves they're not as strong as new contemporary ones.
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