The Boston Ballet brought their 50th year party to Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater with two alternating programs of varied masterworks. The oldest choreography was from the Vaslav Nijinsky oeuvre, and the newest from José Martinez which had its world premiere at their home in February of this year.
The Boston Ballet’s rendering of George Balanchine’s “Symphony in Three Movements” is as perky and fresh of face as the expert youngsters in the company. The dancers are skilled; their presentation is precise and fluid. In a beautifully executed version of the Balanchine classic, John Lam is a standout.
Also commendable are the orchestra, under the leadership of conductor Jonathan McPhee, whose vigorous performance of the Igor Stravinsky score contributed to a magnificent production.
The wildly theatrical Nijinsky “Afternoon of a Faun” is brought to life by Altan Dugaraa’s marvellous titular beast. The costumes and sets by Leon Bakst hearken to the lavish original.
Resident choreographer, Jorma Elo fashioned “Plan to B” for the Boston Ballet in 2004 (a year before he took up his residency.) It is a powerful and exciting work set to the music of Heinrich von Biber.
“The Second Detail,” set to the electronic pulses of Thom Willems, has a rehearsal atmosphere at once casual and formalistic. The troupe, as always, gives a superb performance of the complicated movements.
José Martinez contributes a very classic and classy piece, set to Liszt and played by solo pianos (Alex Foaksman and Frieda Locker) with the music coming from both sides of the stage. “Resonance” is simply gorgeous to hear and watch.
In Boston? Visit the Boston Ballet website, http://www.bostonballet.org/ for tickets. For more about the history of the company, see their Wikipedia listing.