Just want to weigh in on the one program I saw on Tues opening night and Thu matinee. I really enjoyed all three ballets and I enjoyed seeing them twice, which occurs with frequency at SPAC now due to the very short residency at SPAC. I agree with FNP about Elizebeth Sobol. She seems to have no interest in ballet and her comments were perfunctory. And why didn’t Jonathan Stafford and Wendy Whelan come out and welcome the season? It was very disappointing. Is anyone having the feeling I am having? Is this the end of a 50+ year privilege? I couldn’t help but think this with the lukewarm welcome our beautiful company received. The audience was responsive, I’m happy to say.
I was in the balcony Tues and in the Orchestra on Thu. I think I got more out of seeing Serenade these two times more than ever. I’ve seen it a number of times but it was very special to me this week. I was in awe of the patterns and choreography. My eyesight plays tricks on me, though. Was Lauren Lovette Waltz Girl? And Megan LeCrone the Dark Angel?
Likewise, Mozartiana. What a complex and provocative ballet. I love the choreography in this ballet, too. The three leads were terrific and Sarah’s Preghiera was full of drama and gravitas, beautifully danced. Daniel ‘s Gigue, the Menuet and T and V were wonderful, too.
I had never seen Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto #2! I just loved it. Although I read Nancy Goldner’s essay AFTER seeing both performances (kicking myself that I didn’t read it BEFORE), I appreciate the Petipa homage and traditional choreography, ala Balanchine. The dancing was terrific (the dancing the whole evening was terrific, in my opinion) and Tess Reichlen and Russell Janzen were just fabulous. The orchestra sounded great and I love the acoustics at SPAC.
All in all, a great evening and afternoon, despite the heat. And a tribute to the variety and genius that is George Balanchine.
On that note, I’m very sad about tomorrow, both for the dancers and for the attendees. I wish I’d known earlier that tomorrow was being cancelled; I think I’d have jumped in the car and driven up for tonight ‘s Coppelia. So I probably won’t see NYCB’s Coppelia for a long time. So sad.
Did anyone get an email from SPAC re the cancelled performance? I didn’t.