"Why I Am Not Where You Are", "Namouna, a Grand Divertissement"
New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater
New York, NY
April 29, 2010
By Mary Cargill
Copyright © 2010 by Mary Cargill
The Spring Gala featured two new ballets, both to French music, and both, according to interviews published in the playbill, based on stories. The evening opened with an intriguing film (by former NYCB dancer Kirstin Sloan) focused on the designs that the architect Santiago Calatrava has done for several of the new ballets scheduled for the season, a tantalizing glimpse of what look to be stunning architectural effects. One of these was featured in Benjamin Millepied's "Why Am I Not Where You Are", to music by Thierry Escaich. The design, silver slats set in a large cut-out semicircle, was the most original and striking aspect of the work. The music, while certainly danceable, sounded very much like "The Firebird" without the folk-tune flavor, and the story was "La Valse" with the sexes exchanged.