“Scènes de Ballet,” “The Cage,” “Eight Easy Pieces,” “Scherzo Fantastique,” “Stravinsky Violin Concerto”
New York City Ballet
The David H. Koch Theater
New York, New York
January 22, 2017
by Michael Popkin
copyright © 2017 by Michael Popkin
While the New York City premiere of Justin Peck’s new ballet from last summer might have looked like the highlight on the bill, a crisp and focused performance of Jerome Robbins’ perennial classic “The Cage,” driven by the company’s youngest female principal dancer Lauren Lovette, stole the show. Peck’s “Scherzo Fantastique” certainly provided an entertaining 20 minutes. But on this program of all-Stravinsky ballets, NYCB’s revivals of works by Christopher Wheeldon and Peter Martins, and performance of Balanchine’s “Stravinsky Violin Concerto,” also proved more substantial.
Photo © Paul Kolnik of Anthony Huxley in "Scherzo Fantastique"