New York City Ballet

1617-season-opener-promo580x660September is the time when so many organizations and institutions offer their new season to the public.

The New York City Ballet began with a longer than usual Gala performance that included a number of exciting new sounds by composers plus works by young choreographers. Many of whom were principal dancers who now concentrate solely on choreography. Annabelle Lopez Ochoa from Colombia, Lauren Lovette from NYC Ballet and Peter Walker, a member of the Corps de Ballet. Justin Peck is a more seasoned choreographer, as is of course Peter Martins.

The continuing news on Opening Night was the emphasis on fashion. Each new work introduced a fashion designer on film first: Narciso Rodriguez, Dries Van Noten, Jason Wu and Rosie Assoulin. Each explained their modus operandi for designing the costumes in keeping with the theme of the ballet. Together they formed a partnership that has kept the look of dancers collaborative with the music and the motion.

Peter Martins is obviously pleased with this visual harmony and intends to continue the theme as new ballets are created.

The finale, a crowd pleaser called Bal de Couture, was pure Tschaikovsky hoopla with huge skirts, red petticoats and lots of kicks to show them off. They were designed by Valentino. It was a happy ending to an inventive evening.

Barbara Tober


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