"Ballo della Regina", "Kammermusik No. 2", "Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3"
New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater
New York, NY
February 6, 2016, matinee
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2016 by Mary Cargill
NYCB's all Balanchine program opened with a bang (Tiler Peck's debut in "Ballo della Regina") and closed with a flourish, ending with "Theme and Variations", where Balanchine appears to have made a bet that he could to "The Sleeping Beauty" in 20 minutes, a bet which he won. "Ballo della Regina" is short on plot but packed with atmosphere, supported by the frothy melodies of Verdi's incidental music from "Don Carlo". Peck and Gonzalo Garcia danced the lead couple, an abstraction of the original story of a fisherman and the pearl he found among the gems of the ocean.
Corps in "Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3". Photo © Paul Kolnik.