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New York press reviews of the "Passages" program, which includes Christopher Wheeldon's "American in Paris," Peter Martins' "Valse Triste," the world premiere of Mauro Bigonzetti's "Oltremare," and Alexei Ratmansky's "Russian Seasons." Alastair Macauley reviews the Wednesday, January 23, 2008 performance in the New York Times:

NY Times

Clive Barnes in the New York Post:

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Joel Lobenthal in the New York Sun:

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Deborah Jowitt in the Village Voice:

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Jennifer Dunning reviews the "Spirit of Discovery" program, including Jerome Robbins' "Goldberg Variations," Balanchine's "Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux" and "Western Symphony," on Friday, January 25, 2008 in the New York Times:

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Jennifer Dunning reviews Susan Stroman's "Double Feature" at City Ballet on Thursday, January 31, 2008 in the New York Times:

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Clive Barnes in the New York Post:

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Joel Lobenthal in the New York Sun:

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The next resident choreographer may be... Alexei Ratmansky

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/05/arts/ ... 5ball.html


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Tobi Tobias talks about Ratmansky and Wheeldon on bloomberg.com:

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Tobi Tobias reviews Christopher Wheeldon's "Rococo Variations," and previews the program for Nicolaj Hubbe's farewell program in bloomberg.com:

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Alastair Macauley reviews the "Inspirations" program of "Divertimento from Le Baiser de la Fee," "The Chairman Dances," "Rococo Variations," and "Stars and Stripes" in the New York Times:

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Hilary Osterle reviews the program in the Financial Times:

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Alistair Macaulay on Nikolaj Hübbe's farewell performance:


http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/12/arts/ ... 2hubb.html


(Hübbe, one assumes, is off shortly to Denmark to prepare for this season's opening of his 'La Sylphide', the performance of which on April 2nd will mark his final farewell as a dancer).


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Reviews of the "American Songs and Dances" program: Peter Martins' "Thou Swell," Jerome Robbins' "Ives, Songs" and "West Side Story Suite."

Jennifer Dunning in the New York Times:

NY Times

Joel Lobenthal in the New York Sun (which also includes a review of Christopher Wheeldon's "Rococo Variations."

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Gia Kourlas interviews Principal Dancer Sterling Hyltin in TimeOut New York:

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In the Village Voice, Deborah Jowitt reviews several programs, including Christopher Wheeldon's "Rococo Variations," the "Balanchine's World" program and the Nicolaj Jubbe farewell program:

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Reviews of Nicolaj Hubbe's farewell performance on Sunday, February 10, 2008 ("Apollo," "West Side Story Suite" [excerpt], "Zakouski" and "Western Symphony," plus "Flower Festival Pas de Deux").

Alastair Macaulay in the New York Times:

NY Times

Joel Lobenthal in the New York Sun:

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And it looks like someone spoke too early about Ratmansky:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/13/arts/ ... 3ball.html


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Quick report from the road.

"American Songs And Dances"----Wonderful !

"Thou Swell"----absolutely charming !

"Ives, Songs"----clearly defined, interesting Robbins' choreography, beautifully done. Lovely somewhat Alvin Ailey-esque Americana scenario.

"West Side Story Suite"----Wonderful performing ! Woetzel can sing. Uplifting, tears of emotion inducing ending.

Faye Arthurs as Maria (also a lead in "Thou Swell")----great dancing, classical long lines and flow, a bit of Suzanne Farrell in her facial expressions but also her own vocabulary. Someone to watch for.

Georgina Pazcoguin as Anita (in purple dress) ("West Side Suite")----50's NYC latina to the core and would do Broadway proud.

Also saw "Stars Of The 21st Century". A few of the standouts for me were Svetlana Lunkina, Lucia Lacarra and Anastasia Matvienko.


"American Songs And Dances"----To all you folks in or near NYC, as we would say back then----" Be there or be square ! ".

Or at least be there to add a few hours of real charm and beauty into your life.


[Later corrected above. Georgina Pazcoguin as Anita (in any case the woman in the purple dress) and not Gretchen Smith as Rosita ("West Side Suite") is probably the person that I had in mind.)


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"Matters Of The Heart"

February 14, 2008


Of the four works last evening I liked the first most for it's totality and the others for some of their extremely fine elements.

In the first, "Raymonda Variations", one of the highlights for me was the corps of women dancers, who presented such a beautiful entirety in their group presence, their lovely costumes and their embracing and harmonious dancing.

In "The Steadfast Soldier" I was totally charmed by Megan Fairchchild's endearing characterization and the way she handled the wonderful choreography, changing back and forth between a lovely dancer and a mechanical toy. Daniel Ulbright, as the stone faced toy soldier, didn't blink an eyelash as he did split jumps, sailing through the air, and performed his delightful array of courting gestures. Megan Fairchild's toy doll took complete pleasure in the entire ritual as well as in herself. George Balanchine once again created a wonderfully entertaining and endearing sequence of situations in his understated and brilliantly controlled manner.

"The Nightengale and the Rose" was an exceptional exhibit of Wendy Whelen's excellent talent and some very fine choreography for her by Christopher Wheeldon. What I liked most of this choreography was the way in which Wendy Whelen would be transformed from a fascinating abstraction in motion or some kind of psychological entanglement into a ravishly sensual women. Wendy Whelen for her part handled her dancing superbly and touched my heart with the inner beauty of the nightingale that she was portraying.

For me "Robert Schumann's Davidsbundlertanze" in almost it's entirety is a masterpiece of delicate magnetic beauty. It was like poetic air. I just wanted to drift along in it's dreamlike gentle currents. Sara Mearns won me over completely with her handling of what seemed to be some rather demanding dancing, her compelling dramatic rendering and her attempt to reach into the essence of what her part might be. I also liked the young Janie Taylor for her long lined, finely graceful and committed dancing.

For me there was a great deal of artistic excellence and highly moving beauty to be found in all these performances.


[spelling correction made--and later typo corrections]


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