Masterworks and Edgy Ventures at American Ballet Theatre

A stellar company wraps up a vibrant season

ABT dancers are constantly surprising me. Maybe it’s Tanatanit, suddenly more alive and self-confident onstage, or Misty Copeland, outstanding in a variety of styles. Or tall Stearns becoming princely. It’s Paloma Herrera, minus her usual tutu, showing some sass in Fancy Free, Jose Manuel Carreño’s doling out sly charm as the third sailor, and Murphy doing a fine acting job as the ballet’s second woman. I could go on. Attending several performances, you can feel you get to know these dancers. Even from City Center’s top balcony, they seem closer to us than they do during the company’s spring performances at the Met. And, while the stage may look slightly cramped for a work like Balanchine’s Ballo della Regina, that’s only a minor inconvenience. I could wish the season lasted longer, but maybe two weeks is a good length. It keeps us hungry for more freshly polished old gems to delight in and more new ballets to argue about.

Scene from Benjamin Millepied's From Here On Out.
Photo: Rosalie O'Connor
Scene from Benjamin Millepied's From Here On Out.


American Ballet Theatre
City Center
October 3 through November 4

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