"Liebeslieder Walzer", "Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3"
New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater
New York, NY
October 1, 2015
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2015 by Mary Cargill
For its first non-gala program of the Fall New York City Ballet honored Balanchine, and its audience, with two of the choreo- grapher's most potent works: "Liebeslieder Walzer" and "Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3". "Liebeslieder Walzer" is an ensemble piece which works only when all four couples (Sterling Hyltin and Jared Angle, Ashley Laracey and Justin Peck, Sara Mearns and Ask la Cour, and Jennie Somogyi and Tyler Angle) create a unified, harmonious, civilized nineteenth-century world. The program doesn't list the coach, unfortunately, but the performance was rich, nuanced and captivating; though the ballet never gets a raucous ovation, its gentle candlelight aura lingered.
Jennie Somogyi and Justin Peck in "Liebeslieder Walzer". Photo © Paul Kolnik.