Peter Martins’ City Ballet Problem (Or Is It The Other Way Around?)

“Numerous well-placed critics have expressed their dismissive doubts about Mr. Martins. No one, including Mr. Martins, claims that he is Balanchine’s equivalent. The gamut of opinion seems to range from those who think he is doing an honorable job, as good as could be expected, to those who proclaim, often stridently, that he has presided over the erosion of the Balanchine repertory without finding new sources of choreographic talent, that he has failed to school and develop his younger dancers properly, that he has robbed Balanchine’s ballets of their soul. “