Critical Disagreement…

It’s always interesting when two critics have completely opposite takes on something. A recent (and entertaining) example was the discussion of costumes used in Troy Schumacher’s new ballet “Common Ground” during New York City Ballet’s 2015 designer fashion-themed gala…

“Common Ground,” by corps de ballet member Troy Schumacher to a pulsing and sometimes eerie score by Ellis Ludwig-Leone, included marvelously cut and colorful flyaway costuming from Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida for a cast of three women and four men. Its often breezy and fleet choreography tells of a gathering animated by eye-catching bursts of energy and color reminiscent of shooting stars or fireworks.”

-Robert Greskovic, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 14, 2015, “‘Polaris,’ ‘The Blue of Distance,’ ‘Common Ground,’ ‘New Blood’ and ‘Jeux’ Reviews”

“Troy Schumacher’s Common Ground may be as capable as several of his earlier pieces have been (he’s an experienced NYCB corps member), but the over-vibrant colors of the Marques’Almeida costumes, and their aggressively distracting shapes, both in and out of motion, make it hard to tell. The effect was of flailing M&Ms in human form.”

-Robert Gottlieb, New York Observer, Oct. 6, 2015, “Justin Peck’s ‘New Blood’ the Best of the Bunch at NYCB’s 2015 Gala”

Fireworks or failing M&Ms? You decide:


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