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Balanchine joins Tchaikovsky in New York City Ballet’s big season

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For nearly 30 years, New York City Ballet has been muscling its way back into the cultural calendar in September, with performances of hits like “Swan Lake” and “Sleeping Beauty” at Lincoln Center and elsewhere. This fall, the ballet season has returned, starting with Balanchine’s “Autumn Variations” in June, and ending in September with three shows, two full, of new work.

October will see two performances of “Dances at a Gathering,” a work by Wayne McGregor, a former New York City Ballet dancer who, like Balanchine, has become a principal at the Royal Ballet in London. The first performance is Oct. 19 at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.

On Oct. 23, the orchestra conducts the premiere of Sean Mathias’s piece, “Six Combinations,” at the Koch Theater.

The company is back in town for its blockbuster season, which opens Oct. 27 with George Balanchine’s “Romeo and Juliet,” then shifts to Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” on Oct. 28, and concludes with Balanchine’s “Apollo” on Nov. 1 and “Swan Lake” on Nov. 4.

For the first time in decades, the company will not return to Lincoln Center until Sept. 20. Its first new performances will be of “Swan Lake” and Balanchine’s “Romeo and Juliet” in August 2019, then add an expanded three-act “Don Quixote” the next year.

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