Last zigzags in New York City

The American Ballet Theatre was performing in New York City Center in early November, after touring in Oman and before performing in Washington D.C. The ballet theatre, which was established in 1939, had at first become known for its impressive repertoire of classical ballets. After the initial launch with classical works, the company started commissioning pieces created by modern choreographers. Known as one of the world’s great dance companies, ABT was now performing in New York a repertory of contemporary rather than classical ballet.

The cross-section of modern dance offered in New York included modern and jazz choreographies from some of the most celebrated artists of our time. The highlight of the program for the Saturday 12 November 2 p.m. matinee that I had the privilege to enjoy  was Demis Volpi’s new piece, Private Light. The matinee show consisted of:

Duets (Merce Cunningham)

Known By Heart (“Junk”) Duet (Twyla Tharp)

Private Light (Demis Volpi)

Company B (Paul Taylor)

To get a taste of the program, why not watch ABT on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lcllw7l_XKI

Before leaving New York City, I tried to find some time to visit the city’s Museums:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art had an exhibition closing October 23 on “A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Summer and Autumn in Japanese Art” and another one opening on “Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O’Keeffe”

Absolutely worth a visit is also the Cloisters Museum and its gardens (this time I ran out of time but luckily had visited the Cloister during my previous NY zigzags)

99 Margaret Corbin Drive
Fort Tryon Park
New York, New York 10040
Phone: 212-923-3700

The Frick Collection, which is one of my favorites, had an exhibition of Picasso’s drawings

1 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Phone: 212-288-0700

And all too soon, so suddenly, it seemed, it was time for a last look at New York’s majestic skyscrapers, last taste of that vibrant energy so characteristic to this city of contrasts…

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