Stars of the Royal Danish Ballet and the New York City Ballet
Palace Theatre Stamford, Connecticut
September 11, 2015
By Carol Pardo
copyright © 2015 by Carol Pardo
Fans of August Bournonville can thank the Stamford Denmark Friendship Weekend, celebrating the 50 years of friendship between Stamford and Denmark, for the presence of dancers (intended to be five each) from the Royal Danish and New York City Ballets. The group danced works from both repertories. The pas de deux from Bournonville's "Flower Festival at Genzano" and the ‘Tarantella" from "Napoli" were no less welcome for being familiar. Balanchine was well represented, as one would expect, but in place of the originally announced work, or works, by Christopher Wheeldon, the program was rounded out by a grab bag of unexpected excerpts. The evening was a lesson in what can happen away from the safeguards of a large institutional company, and a tribute to the professionalism, spunk and gumption of all concerned.