Classic NYCB

New York City Ballet. May 29th at the Koch Theater.

My favorite of the night goes to “Not Our Fate” by Lauren Lovette. The piece showing the relationships between five couples (including same-sex couples) was emotional and moving. I love Lauren’s distinctive movement vocabulary: the way the dancers jumped, the way they turned and twirled, and the curved paths in the air that the dancers went through during assisted lifts. The piece feels dynamic. Everything is evolving. Nothing is ever straight. Altogether, the dancers filled the stage with tangled stories and their innermost desires for love.

Here/Now Festival

Spring time romance at New York City Ballet.

Went to today’s matinee to watch “Carousel” again. Such a beautiful and fun choreography by Christopher Wheeldon. The dance (and love story!) is still so mesmerizing and heart warming the second time around. The leaps at the end by Chase Finlay are absolutely amazing. Of course Lauren Lovette is lovely as usual.

(Next goal: See Lauren Lovette’s choreographies)

Finally saw “Year of the Rabbit” after hearing Justin Peck speak about it at the Inside NYCB seminar. Beautiful choreography. Delighted to see Teresa Reichlen, one of my favorite dancers, starring in the piece.

The black horse of the 5-choreography program goes to “The Inferno Machine” by Peter Martins. Bravos to Ashley Laracey and Craig Hall for the eccentric, sinister, at-times jarring, but powerful ballet. Wow!

Here/Now Festival: Christopher Wheeldon

Had a wonderful time tonight at New York City Ballet Here/Now Festival featuring works by Christopher Wheeldon. Thrilled to see many of my favorite dancers on stage.

My favorite piece goes to American Rhapsody. Set to the music of George Gershwin, the choreography reminds me of An American in Paris: a love story filled with playful moments, cheerful music, and non-stop movements that make everything feel larger than life.

Unity Phelan was absolutely amazing in the lead role in American Rhapsody. Also loved her duets in Polyphonia especially the 9th piano piece. How is Unity only a soloist?????

Tiler Peck was incredible in Mercurial Manoeuvres with so much control, so much speed, and yet perfect stillness when the music demands it. So beautiful.

Finally saw Lauren Lovette in a lead role after two seasons with NYCB. Loved watching Maria Kowroski again. Bravos to Amar Ramasar and Russell Janzen as well.