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Work: Dances at a Gathering

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ComposerChopin, Fryderyk Franciszek (1810-1849)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeDance
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New York CityRobbins and Peck

Chopin, Stevens
Jerome Robbins; Justin Peck; New York City Ballet
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NYCB's eclectic program worth the three hours

Harrison Ball in Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes © Erin Baiano
The ending of Stars and Stripesis a sure-fire applause machine. The lowering of the flag while all the regiments march and salute onstage is so corny that only Balanchine could have choreographed it with a straight face. And yet it worked in 1958 and it works in 2019. 
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All Robbins at NYCB

When de Luz reached down and laid his hand on the floor in the final Nocturne, it suggested to me that, on this night and with these dancers, the stage was sacred ground.
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NYCB: Masters at work

Teresa Reichlen in George Balanchine's Firebird © Paul Kolnik
Dances at a Gathering is a ballet that we never get tired of because it speaks to enduring truths and its pull of nostalgia only gets stronger as the years pass.
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Double Robbins at NYCB

Sara Mearns and Adrian Danchig-Waring in Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering © Paul Kolnik
An all Robbins program at New York City Ballet is one of my favorite things.
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San Francisco Ballet: Robbins / Possokhov

Yuan Yuan Tan and Davit Karapetyan in Robbins' Dances at a Gathering © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco Ballet pairs Possokhov’s irresistible multimedia dazzler “Swimmer” with Robbins’ elegant “Dances at a Gathering”, for a compelling night of dance.
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