"Russian Seasons", "Namouna, a Grand Divertissement"
New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater
New York, New York
April 26, 2017
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2017 by Mary Cargill
The Ratmansky evening of New York City Ballet's heartily advertised "Here/Now Festival" (ballets created for the company in the last thirty years) had two works, both featuring a generous supply of fine and striking dancing. "Russian Seasons" from 2006 with its color-coded costumes and folk-inflected weighty choreograph looks a bit as if the peasants of Nijinska's "Les Noces" decided to produce "Dances at a Gathering" but it is in no way copy or a reduction of those two great works. It is powerful, haunting, and timeless, an unsentimental sculpture of the eternal peasant.
Sara Mearns and Amar Ramasar in "Russian Seasons photo © Paul Kolnik.