Anyway, tonight was the all Jerome Robbins program, and it was GREAT. The first piece was ... oh man, it was like that first time you heard an album you'd been listening to on your grungy old boom box for years, and then suddenly you're getting to experience it on a CD on a good stereo, and you're all amazed because it's ten times better and you'd never noticed there were strings and stuff in the background, and you can hear the singer breathing? Yeah, that was the first piece, "The Four Seasons," with an utterly fantastic faun in the Autumn scene. The second piece was done without music, and I think it kind of freaked the audience out a bit; but the third piece was completely comic and the audience laughed their heads off (ballet does lend itself to being made fun of, really). I think the section where the ballerinas were dancing with umbrellas (theme: "It doesn't really seem to be raining, but everyone else has THEIRS open ...") really had to resonate with this audience.
Now I am so excited that I want to go see them again on Sunday even though I'm already going to see them on Tuesday. I just hope I can get someone to go with me (and that I can afford tickets). Sure, it's Balanchine, and I've seen all those pieces again, but THIS time it will be perfect. Aaaaaaah. I love it.