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Ratmansky world premiere engages with the Voices

Sara Mearns and Company in Alexei Ratmansky’s Voices © Erin Baiano
Alexei Ratmansky draws out exceptional individual qualities of each of five ballerinas in his intriguing world premiere for New York City Ballet, set to spoken word and live piano.

Balanchine's Nutcracker remains a timeless holiday gift

New York City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker © Erin Baiano
Balanchine’s Nutcracker may have premiered in 1954, but every year tickets sell out for this festive treat. 
*****
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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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Dreamy Midsummer ends NYCB's spring season

Teresa Reichlen (Titania) © Paul Kolnik
Yet the audience loved it, just as they love every performance of A Midsummer's Night DreamI've ever attended. This ballet is a tribute to Shakespeare, a tribute to love, a tribute to dance. One walks out feeling as if one's "soul is in the sky."
****1
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Ratmansky's Namouna stands out in NYCB's Here/Now

New York City Ballet in Ratmansky's Namouna A Grand Divertissement © Paul Kolnik
Alexei Ratmansky and Justin Peck are all the more impressive among choreographers working today because of how many of their works seem destined to stay in the repertoire for a long time to come.
***11
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