Although Raymonda boasts a glorious score by Alexander Glazounov
, a picturesque medieval setting, and much gorgeous dancing, the ballet has almost no story.
Left unfinished at Borodin's death, the score was completed by Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazounov
. For this production, however, a further reworked version by Yuri Falik was used.
He has performed more than fifty principal roles with NYCB, is a choreographer (Ebony Concerto and Glazounov
Pas de Deux for NYCB, among other productions), has appeared in film and on TV, is a member of the guest faculty at SAB, and has been the director of the ballet program at the New York State Summer School for the Arts since 1994.
Ward's choice of music, selections by Alexander Glazounov
and Frederick Delius, does not help create continuity.
Opening night included the New York premiere of Damian Woetzel's Glazounov
Pas de Deux.