New York City Ballet’s spectacular bill “Balanchine x Vienna” presented during the company’s fall season at David H. Koch Theater in New York comprised three ballets: the effervescent “Divertimento #15,” the astringent and haunting “Episodes,” and the theatrically engrossing “Vienna Waltzes.” This stylistically diverse program revealed various facets of the choreographer’s genius, giving us Balanchine the classicist, the modernist and the showman. As the title suggests, the program also paid homage to Vienna, featuring music of five composers—Mozart, Webern, Johann Strauss II, Franz Lehár and Richard Strauss—whose life and career had close ties to the city that for centuries has been regarded as the musical capital of the world.
New York City Ballet in Balanchine's “Vienna Waltzes.” Photograph by Paul Kolnik
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