We’re streaming landmark works by George Balanchine from rarely seen New York City Ballet performances. The program includes three highlights from the 2004 broadcast of the Balanchine 100 Centennial Celebration: the fourth movement of Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet with Wendy Whelan and Damian Woetzel; an excerpt from Concerto Barocco with Maria Kowroski, Rachel Rutherford, and James Fayette; and “The Man I Love“ pas de deux from Who Cares? with Alexandra Ansanelli, Nilas Martins, and featuring a special performance of the Gershwin score by Wynton Marsalis. Rounding out the program is Act III of an excerpt from the 1978 broadcast of George Balanchine and Alexandra Danilova’s Coppélia, with featuring Patricia McBride and Helgi Tomasson in the leading roles. The performances also feature the New York City Ballet Orchestra.
A note on this performance of Coppélia
The decision was made by New York City Ballet and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to stream the third act of Coppélia instead of the full-length production. The production from that time included, in the second act, the character of a Chinese doll wearing a mask and making movements that were ethnically and racially insensitive. In recent years, New York City Ballet has changed the costume, make-up design, and movements for this character to eliminate the Yellowface signifiers. The program that will stream on Monday better aligns with the values of NYCB and Lincoln Center. We commit to continued examination of this alignment moving forward.
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