“Symphonic Dances,” “The Cage,” “Andantino,” “Cortège Hongrois”
New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater
New York, New York
January 21, 2015
By Michael Popkin
Copyright © 2015 by Michael Popkin
The second night of New York City Ballet’s winter season (a program of ballets to Russian music marketed by the company as “Hear the Dance: Russia”) opened with a well-rehearsed performance of a poor ballet by Peter Martins and closed with a poorly rehearsed performance of a good ballet by Balanchine. In between Lauren Lovette – the company’s rising ballerina – provided thirteen minutes of riveting drama in a show-stopping debut in Jerome Robbins’ “The Cage.” But as “The Cage” was paired with “Andantino” - a saccharine Robbins’ composition – the audience had to make do with those thirteen minutes in what was otherwise a long night at the theater.
Sara Mearns in “Cortège Honrgois.” Photo ©Paul Kolnik.