NCDT opening new season with ‘ballets by Balanchine'

For the first show of its new season, N.C. Dance Theatre offers works by three choreographers – all named George Balanchine. “ Timeless Ballets by Balanchine,” which premieres on Thursday, Sept. 18, showcases the versatility of the man called Mr. B by those who knew him.

He is “the Picasso or Stravinsky of the dance world,” said Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, NCDT president. “He is an absolute genius.”

Fortunately, one of the late choreographer's protégées is N.C. Dance associate artistic director Patricia McBride, former New York City Ballet star. She is restaging the dances she once performed, from notes, videos and memories of working with Balanchine.

The Russian-born Balanchine, a pioneer of ballet in the United States, was co-founder and balletmaster of New York City Ballet.

The program will be a traditional contrast to upcoming programs of Innovative Works, “Othello” and a variety of dances inspired by the movies.

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