September 30, 2016
“Women Fill New York City Ballet’s Season With Splendor”
by Alastair Macaulay
“It’s hard to tear yourself away from New York City Ballet just now, in particular from its many excellent ballerinas…Two in particular — Tiler Peck and Sara Mearns — set peak standards of musicality that enrich the entire art, showing the mysterious connection between space and music at its most fascinating.
In Ms. Mearns, the company has a Romantic-dramatic ballerina of such intensity, depth and bravura that people often overlook her musicality…Her dancing’s scale is always immense, its texture rich, its phrasing magisterial. She, better than any other dancer today, unlocks the larger dimensions of Balanchine dance theater. Her movement seems to charge great blocks of air with energy throughout both stage and auditorium, energy that seems channeled directly from the music.”