"La Sonnambula," "Prodigal Son," "'Firebird"
New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater
New York, NY
January 17 and January 20, 2017
By Carol Pardo
copyright ©2017 by Carol Pardo
New York City Ballet opened its 2017 winter season with an all-Balanchine program which, like the recently ended run of "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker," includes sets, costumes and narrative. But this triple bill privileges the dark, the perverse, the tragic -- about as far from the Gemütlichkeit and sweetness of "The Nutcracker" as it is possible to get -- and even further from the pared down plotless works with which the choreographer is often identified.