NYCB Fall Season Wrap-Up
|NYCB dancers in Summerspace, photo @ Erin Baiano|
1) For the Merce Cunningham Centennial, NYCB revived Summerspace. This enchanting work entered the NYCB repertoire in 1966 and what a treat it was to see it again, even if NYCB dancers will never be idiomatic in Cunningham choreography. Adrian Danchig-Waring acquitted himself admirably in the Cunningham role. My full review is here. A quote:
With that being said the performance was not idiomatic. The dancers kept betraying their ballet origins by turning out at the hips. They also seemed all too aware of each others’ presence instead of giving the feeling that they are a random group of creatures dancing in their own niches in the Summerspace ecosystem. A problem when Cunningham’s whole art was based on the concept of randomness. But what a work! As Cunningham dissolved his own company upon his death revivals by other companies will be his legacy.Here is a brief snippet of NYCB dancers in Summerspace:
2) The two new works that debuted at the Fall Fashion Gala. One was by Lauren Lovette, the other Edward Liang. I reviewed it here. Long story short -- both new works were pretty bad. A quote:
The Fall Fashion Gala has become a recent tradition at New York City Ballet: high end fashion meets ballet. But with a few exceptions both the high fashion costumes and the ballets end up disappointing. Last night's program of the Fall Fashion Gala's new works was Exhibit A of this phenomenon.
|Meghan Fairchild and a furry friend in Union Jack, taken from her IG account|
The final stage tableau is something only Balanchine in his open-hearted ability to embrace different idioms could have done: all the Navy are onstage. Rule Britannia plays in the background, the Navy signals “God Save the Queen” with their semaphore flags, and the British flag lowers as the backdrop. Union Jack isn't a Balanchine masterpiece – it's more of a fun-sterpiece, which is even better.Meanwhile I also attended some regular repertory shows. A few thoughts on the highlights and lowlights of the season:
|Baryshnikov, Garcia, Hyltin, photo @ Daniel Arnold|
2) Ballet on Endangered Species List: Raymonda Variations. Saw an absolutely dreadful performance of this. Sara Adams did well with the hops-on-pointe variation but otherwise this charming ballet has become slack and twee, with no Imperial Ballet grandeur AND no Balanchine crispness.
|Joseph Gordon in Symphony in C, photo @ Andrea Mohin|
|Unity Phelan in Emeralds, photo @ Andrea Mohin|
|Garcia and Hyltin in DAAG, photo @ Paul Kolnik|
Last night, Megan Fairchild and Roman Mejia performed the giggle pas de deux, which is a playful game of cat and mouse, in Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering.— New York City Ballet (@nycballet) October 4, 2019
See it again on the Robbins + Peck program OCT 5 mat, 8, 9, 11: https://t.co/fbBfuoQdTk pic.twitter.com/bDCEfmBax3
Now here is Gonzalo Garcia announcing that these are his last Brown Boys. He's always been a wonderful Brown Boy and if he is retiring soon then he will be missed.
Getting ready to dance my last Dances at a Gathering can’t help to think how lucky I have been for so many years dancing this incredible role The Brown boy. I was so blessed to find myself at barely 21 years old in a studio learning this masterpiece from the Great Víctor Castelli and Susie Hendl!! God they had so much patience with crazy young Gonzo.. at the time I didn’t know how special this piece was, but it didn’t take long for me to realize this will be a role of a lifetime forever. So many beautiful cast from my beginnings at @sfballet to the later and present days @nycballet to so many incredible Pink ladies Joanna Berman , Lucia Lacarra , Julie Diana,Yan Yan Tan, Yvonne Borree, @jeniferringer , @tilerpeck @shyltin and @laurenlovette !!!!!! I’m a lucky man!! The incredible pianist that have given such a life to this incredible music @susanpalmtree Thank you to @jeanpierrefrohlich for all the work in the studio, always pushing me to go farther and keeping the Genius of Mr Robbins a life. Let’s Dance