"Raymonda Divertissements", "Seven Sonatas", "Thirteen Diversions"
American Ballet Theatre
David H. Koch Theater
New York, NY
November 1, 2014, evening
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2014 by Mary Cargill
Plotless abstractions ruled this program, as each work explored the choreographers' reactions to different music. Petipa's "Raymonda Divertisse- ments", of course, originally had a story, but the current version lets the audience float along on that velvet river of music passing through various jewel-like dances, though it is a shame that the river doesn't pass through some scenery. Paloma Herrera and Cory Stearns made their debuts as the hosts of this glorious confection. Other than the opening adagio and the rousing ending for the entire company, the happy couple don't actually dance together, as the traditional pas de deux is reduced to two solos, but Herrera and Stearns, with an openhearted graciousness, were able to show that they were dancing for each other while including their court and their audience.
Scene from "Raymonda Divertissements" Photo © Rosalie O'Connor