New York City Ballet Kicks Off Spring Season

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New York City Ballet's spring season opens tonight with a program featuring George Balanchine's Stars and Stripes and Union Jack and ballet master in chief Peter Martin's Barber Violin Concerto.

Highlights of the nine-week season include the NYCB premiere of Jerome Robbins' 1958 N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz, which was created for Ballets: U.S.A., the choreographer's short-lived touring company, in 1958.

The company's spring gala, on May 4, will include three world-premiere ballets: Martins' Tala Gaisma, set to music by Peteris Vasks; Christopher Wheeldon's An American in Paris, set to the Gershwin work; and a new work by principal dancer Albert Evans. The gala will also include the NYCB premiere of principal dancer Benjamin Millepied's Double Aria. All four works will be repeated several times in May.

NYCB will revive several recent premieres, including Boris Eifman's Musagte, Wheeldon's After the Rain, and Susan Stroman's Double Feature, which premiered in 2004 and returned earlier this year. According to the company, the popular dance will be not be seen again at NYCB for several seasons.

In June, two longtime NYCB principals will give their final performances with the company. Peter Boal, a member of the company since 1983, becomes artistic director of Pacific Northwest Ballet next season. In his last appearance on June 5, he will dance Robbins' Opus 19/The Dreamer. Jock Soto, who first appeared with the company in 1981, bids farewell on June 19 with a program featuring excepts from Robbins' West Side Story Suite and Balanchine's Union Jack; Martin's Barber Violin Concerto; Wheeldon's Liturgy; and Lynne Taylor-Corbett's Chiaroscuro.

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