"Divertimento from 'Le Baiser de la Fée'", "Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux", "Bal de Couture", "Diamonds"
New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater
New York, New York
January 27, 2013
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2013 by Mary Cargill
All Tchaikovsky all the time (with Stravinsky channeling Tchaikovsky) is a gimmick, yes, but the Tschaikovsky (as NYCB spells it) Celebration does include some wonderful music and powerful dancing, so as gimmicks go, there are certainly worse ideas to warm up a bitter winter. The "Divertimento from 'Le Baiser de la Fée'" is not a warm ballet, and it is a slightly downbeat opener. But Tiler Peck, with Robert Fairchild (who made his debut earlier in the week) found the soul of this oddly disturbing work, using her incisive musicality to dance inside the music, almost to disappear at times, so that Fairchild gave the impression of dancing with a cloud or a memory, as he reached for her in vain. Their pas de deux had a hushed privacy that was hauntingly beautiful, and Peck's timing, as she reached for him and fell back was simply shattering. Fairchild, one of NYCB's most imaginative dancers, gave his twisting, turning solo a fierce urgency, and the final group of turns and bends, as he scooped his hand from the ground to the sky managed, in a few seconds, to convey so many unrealized dreams.