It has been a few years since New York City Ballet danced Balanchine’s “Symphony in Three Movements,” so its return as part of the company’s Stravinsky Festival is particularly welcome. Created the same year (1972) as his “Stravinsky Violin Concerto,” it represents the pinnacle of Balanchine’s response to Stravinsky’s music. The ballet’s confidence, from start to finish, is monumental.
Brittany Pollack and Taylor Stanley in “Scherzo Fantastique” by Justin Peck. Photograph by Paul Kolnik
When a choreographer takes on volcanic and iconic works from American musical giants like Leonard Bernstein and John Adams one move they could take is to cool them down with a couple of more soothing European works in between.Continua a leggere