We are loving the streamed programs provided by our major cultural institutions. A case in pointe, er, point is the New York City Ballet’s digital spring season, whose Goldilocks offerings – not too short, not too long – are just the right taste of the company’s continuing versatility and dynamism. Tonight at 8, it’s Jerome Robbins’ “Afternoon of a Faun” and the “Spring” section of his “The Four Seasons,” along with excerpts from George Balanchine’s “Divertimento No. 15,” “The Four Temperaments” and “Western Symphony.” On Friday, May 15, NYCB will release Justin Peck’s “Pulcinella Variations.” Each program will be available for 72 hours after it premieres on NYCB’s website, Facebook and YouTube pages.
NYCB’s digital season also includes “Ballet Essentials” classes for all ages on Mondays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.; “Wednesday with Wendy,” ballet-inspired movement classes held on Instagram Live on Wednesdays at 5 p.m.; “BalletBreaks,” 20-minute workshops for children ages 3 to 8 held on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m.; and new episodes of “City Ballet The Podcast” on Mondays. All offerings are available free of charge on several platforms, including at nycballet.com.
– Georgette Gouveia