NYCB at SPAC 2021 in New York City Ballet Posted July 19 I went to both Saturday programs. It was my first time at SPAC and I loved the venue! At this point any ballet is good ballet but I wasn't crazy about the matinee Short Stories program. I understand that they were restricted in what they could do but I felt that the rep did not work well with the reduction of the scores to a single piano. Opening with the Bernstein - hard to imaging the Fancy Free score with a single piano accompaniment - it just fell so flat. Ditto for the Western Symphony finale. The piano worked better for the rest of the program but though well danced a lot of it still felt flat to me. Meaghan Dutton-O'Hara danced the Rose Adagio well & with charm but she didn't blow me away, I would not rush out to see her if she gets a debut in the full length. I liked Reichlin better in the Firebird than the White Swan. My takeaways from this program were that male ballet dancers should not be allowed to sport bald heads in classical works - it was really jarring. And I thought the knock out performance was Kitka in Western. She brought such pizazz to her role, even with a less than optimal accompaniment. And those legs! The Saturday night All Balanchine program worked better for me, I think that many of the selections were not harmed as much by the music. First and foremost - Miriam Miller was stunning in the Diamonds pdd. Absolutely spectacular. Her line, musicality and epaulment were superb and she had that mystifying je ne sais quoi that makes the role so special. She was mesmerizing. Its hard to believe she's still in the corps, she and Kitka need to be promoted to soloist immediately! I will run to get tickets if she's cast in Diamonds this winter. I enjoyed the 4Ts and Jewels demonstrations and really loved all of the Saturday night performances with the exception of the Who Cares finale. Ramasar & Miller were great in Agon, he brings a lot of sexual tension to this pdd, esp when he dances it with Kowroski and to a lesser degree here with Miller. It was nice that we also got to see him at his sunny best in Who Cares, but I thought this also fell flat because of the music.