New York City BalletIn 1934, Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine started their historic partnership by opening the School of American Ballet. Kirstein was a rich young Bostonian, while Balanchine was a young, acclaimed choreographer from the Georgian region of Russia. At the School, Balanchine trained dancers in an innovative style and technique that matched his idea of a new, unmannered classicism. The two then started and ran several short-lived ballet companies, before founding Ballet Society in 1946, which became New York City Ballet (NYCB) two years later. The Company, which was based at City Center, quickly became known for its linear purity, sharpness of attack, and overall speed and musicality.
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A wonder of propulsive angularity, the Black & White ballet Agon balances structural symmetry with choreographic ingenuity.
Highlighted by Peck's distinctive use of the corps de ballet, the bracing Everywhere We Go features 25 dancers in a nine-part exploration of Sufjan Stevens' cinematic score, the indie-pop icon's first original orchestral work.
Originally crafted as a training exercise for the School of American Ballet and now performed by companies the world over, Serenade is a romantic work of immense sweep with a transcendent score.
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