Ratmansky’s “Odessa” is back at NYCB for just a few performances. I wasn’t allowed to review it last season because I’d watched a couple of rehearsals (company policy). So I was glad to revisit the ballet—which caused some controversy—and get to think about it again.

Sterling Hyltin and Joaquin de Luz, Odessa. Photo by Paul Kolnik

New York City Ballet held a gala evening with premieres of dances by young choreogarphers. I particularly enjoyed Justin Peck’s new “Pulcinella Variations,” his first stab at a real “classical” ballet. My review is here.

Sara Mearns and Jared Angle in Justin Peck’s Pulcinella Variations. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

I got to watch Julio Bocca and Alessandra as they coached a group of students of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis school in a scene from Kenneth MacMillan’s “Romeo and Juliet,” a ballet they danced together countless times. I wrote about it for the New Yorker Culture Blog.

Teen-age dance students at a ballet workshop led by the former stars Julio Bocca and Alessandra Ferri, in New York City.

 

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