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Performer: American Ballet Theatre

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New York CityABT: Manon

Massenet: Manon
Sir Kenneth MacMillan; American Ballet Theatre

New York CityABT: Swan Lake

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; Kevin McKenzie; American Ballet Theatre

New York CityThe Sleeping Beauty

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty
Marius Petipa; Alexei Ratmansky; American Ballet Theatre
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Wildly offensive, but wildly entertaining too: ABT's Le Corsaire

Skylar Brandt in Le Corsaire © Rosalie O’Connor
Perhaps ABT's disclaimer in the program notes should have simply said: "When you watch Le Corsaire, prepare to be both offended and entertained. We hope you'll be more entertained than offended."
****1
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ABT's damp, dreary Jane Eyre disappoints

Devon Teuscher and James Whiteside © Gene Schiavone
If you love Jane Eyre, stick to the novel. There's more female empowerment in those pages than in Cathy Marston's choreography.
**111
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ABT pays tribute to a ballet maverick

The Brahms-Haydn Variations © Marty Sohl
As the wonderful Tharp trio program proves, all these years later Twyla Tharp can still make ballet look cool.
****1
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Ratmansky triple bill celebrates ten years with ABT

Summer from The Seasons © Marty Sohl
The Seasons is overstuffed, uneven and way too busy. There are so many steps, but they rarely made me "see the music". It was a frustrating ballet, with so many lovely moments that were less than the sum of its parts.
****1
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Ratmansky's Harlequinade reconstruction already showing its age

Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside in Harlequinade © Rosalie O’Connor
Harlequinade shows Ratmansky's usual scrupulous care when reconstructing Petipa's ballets. His attention to detail and obvious love for the art form are to be admired. But these ballets are also living, breathing works and they need strong performances to be viable in the repertory.
***11
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