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NYCB does Cunningham ... and Balanchine

New York City Ballet in Merce Cunningham’s Summerspace © Erin Baiano
Judging by the enthusiastic audience reactions to this program one might have to rethink the modern/ballet divide. Maybe there’s only two types of dance – good dance and bad dance. 
****1
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A hit and a miss from Justin Peck and epic Balanchine

Adrian Danchig-Waring and Sterling Hyltin in George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements © Paul Kolnik
Ballets live and die by their scores – as Balanchine knew when he kept returning to Stravinsky. His Symphony in Three Movements will live forever, as will Justin Peck's The Times are Racing, to Dan Deacon's America.
***11
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Order and disorder: Balanchine and Tanowitz square off at NYCB

New York City Ballet in Pam Tanowitz’s Bartók Ballet © Erin Baiano
Modern dance choreographer Pam Tanowitz' first commission for New York City Ballet proved unruly yet fascinating, sandwiched between George Balanchine's enduring Valse-Fantaisie and Western Symphony.
***11
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NYCB: All Balanchine

Dancers of NYCB in George Balanchine's Divertimento No. 15 © Paul Kolnik
Judging by this show, New York City Ballet is doing fine in the aftermath of Peter Martins’s departure.
***11
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Midsummer Night's Dream, NYCB

As the season closer, you want something like this that lets everyone have some fun.
***11
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