“The Winter’s Tale” is everything I’ve come to expect from a Christopher Wheeldon story ballet — clever, innovative and well-thought steps and movements with highly imaginative — almost magical — sets, costumes, props and lighting that are very much integral to the production as are the dancers. But like one or two of his other story ballets, I find the choreography emotionally detached and not till the reunion scene in the final act that I experience any tension for a Shakespearean tale that is known for its psychological drama.

Nonetheless, the performances were impressive, with Edward Watson’s rapid descent into madness as Leontes very convincing and Zenaida Yanowsky flawless in matching timing and expression to technique in critical storytelling moments.