By Norm Robins
It’s a ballet-lover’s delight in this program of excerpts from some of the most beloved Balanchine and Robbins ballets in the NYCB repertory, introduced by Principal Dancer Sterling Hyltin.
First up, it’s a breath of fresh air with Jerome Robbins’ “Spring” from The Four Seasons, filmed on May 3, 2018 and featuring Sara Mearns and Tyler Angle.
The “Theme and Variations” movement from George Balanchine’s sparkling Divertimento No. 15, filmed on September 22, 2016 follows, featuring Lauren King, Sterling Hyltin, Ana Sophia Scheller, Abi Stafford, Tiler Peck (in her debut), Andrew Veyette, Daniel Applebaum, and Andrew Scordato (in his debut).
It’s a quite change of pace next, with the moody “Phlegmatic” variation from Balanchine’s modern masterpiece, The Four Temperaments, filmed on January 18, 2017 and featuring Ask la Cour and pianist Stephen Gosling.
A sweet flirtation sweeps across the stage in Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun; this performance was filmed on October 11, 2018 and features Joseph Gordon in his debut opposite Sterling Hyltin.
Finally, we send you off into the sunset with the rousing “Rondo” from Balanchine’s Western Symphony, filmed on May 9, 2019, featuring Teresa Reichlen and Roman Mejia in his debut, with Lauren King, Taylor Stanley, Megan Fairchild, and Jared Angle. All performances on this program are accompanied by the New York City Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Litton.
Balanchine and Robbins started at 5 PM Reno time and will be posted for 72 hours. It is light-hearted fun and well worth a little bit of viewing. Since it’s in 5 segments you can watch some of it and pick up the rest later. You can see it on YouTube at