5 Ballets in 10 Days Part 4: I Lean In to My Unexpected Romanticism

In this 4th of 5 ballet performances, I tried to set aside thoughts from the other night about the politics of ballet (and politics generally).

I saw this Classic NYCB program on a Saturday afternoon. It was cool and raining, and I’m sure that contributed to my romantic sensibilities that day, which colored my experience.

The first piece, Serenade was airy and elegant, just as I’d imagined it would be. There were a group of women on the stage dancing gently and looking ethereal and the epitome of grace — the opposite of everything I am, which is probably why I liked it so much!

The next two pieces — American Rhapsody and Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux— were lovely, but they didn’t leave much of an impression for me. And they should have, at least American Rhapsody: I love Gershwin’s music, I was looking forward to seeing a piece choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, and the leads that day were Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild, whose dancing I’ve really come to like. And it was some old-school, jazzy, Sinatra-like stuff. But whatever it was, I just wasn’t feeling very inspired.

Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux

By the time Western Symphony rolled around, I’ll admit, I was pretty tired. However, I think it was Teresa Reichlen’s exuberant dancing that roused me at the very end, and I surprised myself by really getting into this Bonanza-esque piece.

A sidenote: For the previous performances, I was sitting in the 2nd ring balcony, but I decided for one performance — this one — that I was going to splurge and sit in the orchestra section so that I could experience what that was like.

I liked being able to see the dancers more closely. But from the balcony, you can get a better feel for the choreography when there are a group of dancers on stage, and you can see the orchestra in the pit, which I like (because I am always and forever a band geek).

See for yourself:

2nd ring balcony

So that was Part 4, and I can’t believe this ballet adventure is nearly over! I’ve just seen the 5th performance, and Part 5 is nearly finished, so stay tuned — boy, do I end on a high note!

(If you’re wondering why I’m going to 5 ballet performances in 10 days, read this intro first. Here is Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 5, and Part 6.)

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