Music: Balanchine's Big Season

The agile, accomplished New York City Ballet, which often dances in practice costumes to spare its skintight finances, shot the works last week on a brash, brassy premiere, Stars and Stripes, set to the marches of John Philip Sousa. The works were well shot, thanks largely to George Balanchine, at 54 not only the world's most prolific choreographer (the Sousa ballet was his 93rd), but its finest.

Beneath a striped canopy, Balanchine marshaled 41 dancers wearing spangled tutus and brass-buttoned coats loaded with a fruit salad of stars, medals and epaulets (famed Costumer...

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