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What would Balanchine say? New York City Ballet, at Sadler's Wells, reviewed

16 March 2024

9:00 AM

16 March 2024

9:00 AM

New York City Ballet

Sadler’s Wells

The Sleeping Beauty

Birmingham Hippodrome, and touring until 27 April

It’s been 16 years since New York City Ballet appeared in London, and its too-brief visit to Sadler’s Wells offered a welcome chance to encounter a previously unseen range of repertory and personnel. Perhaps the company can never be what it was when I first saw it as a youngster – its founder George Balanchine still in charge, the likes of Suzanne Farrell and Edward Villella in their prime – but one cannot live off misty memories and what has emerged now certainly has living, evolving force.

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