"Bournonville Divertissements", "La Sylphide"
New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater
New York, NY
May 7, 2015
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2015 by Mary Cargill
The New York City Ballet gala featured works by the 19th century Danish choreographer, August Bournonville, with a revival of the 1977 potpourri "Bournonville Divertissements" concocted by Stanley Williams, and the first performance of Peter Martins' staging of the full-length "La Sylphide". The pieces included in the divertissements have varied slightly over the years, as the luminously youthful pas de deux from "Kermesse in Bruges" and the fiendishly difficult "La Ventana" pas de trios vanished too soon, replaced by the pas de six from "Napoli". The current version has, inexplicably, dropped the witty "Jockey Dance", for two men (why, when it would give two younger dancers a chance to shine) so most of what remains comes from "Napoli", that eternally joyful salute to Italy.
Photo © Paul Kolnik. NYCB in "Bournonville Divertissements".