"Theme and Variations," "Pillar of Fire," "Fancy Free"
American Ballet Theatre
Metropolitan Opera House
New York, NY
May 13, 2015
by Leigh Witchel
© 2015 by Leigh Witchel
American Ballet Theatre opened their opera house season with the best of intentions and mixed results. The company commem- orated its 75th anniversary season starting with a week of seminal one-act works, including this triple bill of commissions from the 1940s. All masterworks, none of which looked their best on the cavernous stage of the Met. Happily, everything moved in the right direction; the show steadily improved and finished with a bang-up conclusion.
James Whiteside, Sterling Baca and Daniil SImkin in “Fancy Free.” Photo © by Marty Sohl