"The Sleeping Beauty"
New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater
New York, New York
February 12, 2017, evening
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2017 by Mary Cargill
Peter Martins' version of "The Sleeping Beauty" is a bit like the girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead -- when it is good, it is very, very good, and when it is bad it is, not horrid certainly, but certainly disappointing. Both aspects were on view Sunday night. Tiler Peck and Tyler Angle as the Prince and Princess were in the very good column, though Peck did take an unfortunate tumble during her entrance. She seemed to recover nicely, though this may have contributed to the sightly muted Rose Adagio. She was musical, exact, and beautiful but not especially spontaneous and seemed to be acting young rather than being young. There were certainly charming details, though, and I especially enjoyed her quick survey of the four suitors to choose which one got to lift her, and her pause to smell the roses before giving them to her mother.
Photo of the Garland Dance from "The Sleeping Beauty" © Paul Kolnik.