Dance: Instant Festival

Leave it to the New York City Ballet to come up with something novel in the way of dance spectaculars: instant festivals of new works inspired by the music of a single composer. In one heady, hectic week of June 1972, the company presented 21 original ballets, all shaped by Igor Stravinsky compositions. Last week, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Maurice Ravel's birth, City Ballet offered a unique "Homage" to that composer, with the first of three programs that will provide New York City audiences with 16 brand-new pieces of choreography (plus one...

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