By late summer in NYC the big hometown ballet troupes have followed their well-heeled supporters to their summer playgrounds in Vail, Nantucket, the Hamptons, and Saratoga Springs. What a treat then to have stars of the Royal Ballet present four different programs at the Joyce Theater in the doldrums of August. Kevin O’Hare, the company’s artistic director, curated the opening lineup and also invited current principals Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson as well as former dancer/current designer Jean-Marc Puissant to arrange the other three—an interesting and generous idea. The first two bills ran last week, and though they were rather lightweight that was not such a bad thing; they were a nice counterpoint to the seasonal haze.
Aran Bell and Devon Teuscher in Gemma Bond's ”Seventy Two Hours.” Photograph by Maria Baranova