Diaghilev was amazing in the quality and quantity of talent he brought together: Picasso, Stravinsky, Balanchine, Nijinsky, Pavlova, Fokine, Chanel, Bakst, Ravel, Debussy, Satie, Cocteau, etc. The list of truly great 20th century artists that he worked with is mind-bogglingly huge, and that's what a true impressario does. I don't think anyone today is even remotely in the same ballpark in assembling this kind of talent. The last person who did anything close was probably Merce Cunningham who worked with John Cage, and Robert Rauschenberg.
I saw this summer ABT's production of The Bright Stream. It is really the best thing they've done in years, and Ratmansky (who just signed a 10-year contract with them as choreographer in residence) is going to change this company for the better. Isabella Boylston was amazing as the Ballerina. And they're bringing Ratmansky's new Firebird next summer --- I can't remember when the last time I was so excited about ABT!
NYCB Moves was here a few weeks ago, and there are some nice pieces and truly God awful ones (Peter Martins's A Fool For You, based on Ray Charles's music), but it was so nice to see them again especially in pieces like Dances at a Gathering, Polyphonia (which reminds us why everyone was so excited about Wheeldon back in the day when he made things that had soul and mystery instead of being a caricature of himself these days), and Martins's Hallelujah Junction. That last piece should be the calling card of the company because it shows off the unique qualities of the company that isn't found anywhere else: musicality fused to speed and virtuosity. No other company in the world has that same combination of attributes, and that's why they're special.
I also got to see for the first time Tiler Peck and Sara Mearns, and now I understand what all the fuss is about. Tiler has amazing musicality and can make anything look profound. Sara is like this super-intense performer who is perfect for all the Balanchine leotard ballets. We also saw Wendy Whelan (who is also just an absolute sweetheart) in Wheeldon's Polyphonia and After The Rain, and it was great to see her in what might be her valedictory years.