A & B Go To The Ballet

abtspanYesterday, I went with Alastair Macaulay, the New York Times dance critic, to see “On the Dnieper,” a new piece choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky and performed by American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House. The score is by Prokofiev, and, as Alastair says in his review, “this is not stage-friendly music.” Marcello Gomes, in one of the lead roles, was splendid, as was David Hallberg. Hallberg is a fine classical partner. The emotional connections between the characters — Paloma Herrera (pictured) and Veronika Part were the other leads — made no impact on me. Yet I was happy to see this work, which has not gotten the reception that Ratmansky’s spectacular “Concerto DSCH” (known in the trade as “Concerto Dishy”) got last year at New York City Ballet.

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