As we approach the fourth week of the six-week winter season for the New York City Ballet we have seen some outstanding performances. The ballet has already performed 21 times this season. 7 directors have all had their shot at least directing one of the performances.
The terrific density of New York City Ballet's repertory, without parallel anywhere in the world, is something its audience often takes for granted. We're now less than halfway into the fourth week of the company's six-week winter season. Already it has presented 21 ballets. These include 12 by George Balanchine, 2 each by Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins and the promising young choreographer Justin Peck, as well as one each by William Forsythe, Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon.
The spectrum runs from some essentially 19th-century ballets to 21st-century ones; such a season can alter and enrich anyone's sense of the history of the art form. While the 10 Tchaikovsky ballets by Balanchine, seen together, deepen our view of both composer and choreographer, the revival of the rarely seen "Variations pour une Porte et un Soupir" complicates the Balanchine picture.