New York City Ballet 2021 Season in New York City Ballet Posted February 23 What a remarkable coincidence that Teresa Reichlen should have given birth just a few days before being featured in the stream of a ballet based on a tremendous story about—at least in part—the nature of parenthood! Furthermore, this is happening under the worldwide tribulation of a pandemic, which adds even greater resonance to the phenomenal parable of Jesus! Whatever criticism one may proffer about Balanchine's treatment of the tale, and particularly how he handles its climax, Prodigal Son nonetheless remains a spectacular achievement for the choreographer and serves splendidly as a monument to the great parable. Needless to say, it should never be absent from the repertory for long. Noticing it on schedule for performance at the theater a year from now naturally elicits, therefore, a nod of approval and the hope that things are reasonably back to normal by then. In the meantime ... NYCB, in my opinion, has carried out the streaming of works last spring and fall elegantly, especially considering there was no intention to show the ballets filmed publicly. Consequently, the expectation that the upcoming streams of Prodigal Son, Theme and Variations, Stravinsky Violin Concerto and (later) Vienna Waltzes will be generally superb is hardly unwarranted.