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Performer: Sterling Hyltin

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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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Fall season's new works fall short at NYCB

Mary Thomas MacKinnon and Company in Lauren Lovette’s The Shaded Line © Erin Baiano
Disappointing new creations in NYCB's Fall Fashion Gala, leaving Balanchine's Symphony in C as a surefire closer. 
***11
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Union Jack makes a welcome return to NYCB's repertoire

Teresa Reichlen and New York City Ballet in George Balanchine’s Union Jack © Paul Kolnik
Union Jack isn't a Balanchine masterpiece – it's more of a fun-sterpiece, which is even better.
*****
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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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Barber, Broadway and Balanchine bring a buzz to New York City Ballet

Sara Mearns in Balanchine's Slaughter on Tenth Avenue © Paul Kolnik
Maria Kowroski and Tyler Angle at the top of their game in Diamonds. A smoking performance from Sara Mearns in Slaughter on 10th Avenue. Strong debuts from Emma Von Enck and Taylor Stanley and a memorable classical turn by Aaron Sanz in the Barber.
****1
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