American Ballet Theatre
“The Sleeping Beauty”
Metropolitan Opera House
New York, NY
June 27, 2016
by Leigh Witchel
copyright © 2016 by Leigh Witchel
Don’t you love happy endings? A year ago, Alexei Ratmansky’s reconstruction of “The Sleeping Beauty” looked historically important, but not like a work of living theater. American Ballet Theater’s dancers looked uncomfortable and stilted; some of the technique looked uncongenial to current technique, as if you insisted that a pianist play a harpsichord with no training.
Isabella Boylston and Joseph Gorak in “The Sleeping Beauty.” Photo © Rosalie O’Connor.