City Ballet’s superb “Nutcracker” features bravura dancing by the principals, sets and costumes created with loving detail, and a decent orchestra. But, having watched this company progress one small step at a time, I’m eager to see it make a grand jeté to the next level.
Since forever, ballets have been minefields for political and social commentary, and it is impossible not to read politics into Esmeralda and the Hunchback, City Ballet’s exceptional season opener
For a number of recent dances, Malashock has picked contemporary classical music with wide-ranging moods, dynamics, and tempi, and it’s led to some of his richest, most complex work. That’s the happy case with “yKNOT.” set to several pieces performed by the sextet yMusic Ensemble.
Fasten your seat belts. Jared Nelson, the new assistant artistic director, embraces bold blended styles and gives the company a blast of jet fuel.
The performance of “Finding Center” that I saw featured one of those magical Trolley Dances movements: Shannon was zooming toward us, to the sound of the amplified whiz of his skateboard wheels, and in a direct line behind him, a trolley was coming into the station.