Music: Grownup Nutcracker

"I'm running a restaurant." says the New York City Ballet's Choreographer George Balanchine. "I have to serve a different dinner every night, and I can't overburden the kitchen. But once a year I want to give a banquet." Last week Balanchine served up the biggest banquet of his career to an audience that paid up to $100 a head. The occasion: the premiere of Balanchine's most ambitious ballet, A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Although Balanchine has created 55 works for his City Ballet, and by his own count "made up enough steps to feed the world for 100 years.'' he had never before...

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