"Acheron", "Afternoon of a Faun", "Walpurgisnacht Ballet", "La Valse"
New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater
New York, New York
February 26, 2014
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2014 by Mary Cargill
The evening was an all-French affair, featuring a quartet of Gallic composers; it was also the last chance I had of seeing Janie Taylor, whose official farewell will be covered later, but whose iridescent presence couldn't help but haunt the dancing. "Acheron", the new ballet by the Royal Ballet based Liam Scarlett to the "Concerto in G for Organ, Strings, and Timpani" by Francis Poulenc, was the somewhat gloomy opening work; it was named after one of the rivers of Hades, across which Charon ferried the dead. There was certainly a lot of ferrying in the ballet, as the men carted, lifted, supported, twined, and spun the women, who seemed completely unable to stand on their own two feet. Lovely though some of the images were, it was hard not wish that they would just stop lifting and dance. But the three main couples (Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild, Sara Adams and Andrew Veyette, and Ashley Bouder and Amar Ramasar) flowed through the music wrapped together; it was a bit like watching ice dancing in a lava lamp.