New York City Ballet
“For Clara,” “The Dreamers,” “ten in seven,” “Unframed,” “Bal de Couture”
David H. Koch Theater
New York, NY
September 20, 2016
by Leigh Witchel
copyright © 2016 by Leigh Witchel
New York City Ballet's fall gala was different, only the same. The annual event featured new com-missions by choreo-graphers paired off with fashion designers, and finally, two of the four new works were choreo- graphed by women. For decades, the company has seemed tone-deaf to issues of both gender and race, so that any move towards diversity goes beyond refreshing to relief. All the new works were consistent, in good ways and not-so-good ones. No ballet fouled out, but none batted it out of the park either.
Indiana Woodward in “For Clara.” Photo © Paul Kolnik.