Dance: A Ballade to Celebrate

Balanchine returns to choreography

The merest suggestion that he has been away makes him bristle. "For eight hours only" is the retort, that being the length of his 1979 heart bypass surgery. But though he continued to supervise the New York City Ballet, for two years George Balanchine, now 76, was too weak to create new works. The operation restored his vigor, making 1980 a joyful spring for his company. There are two new Balanchine creations on the schedule. Ballade, to music by Gabriel Faure, received its premiere last Thursday; next month a dance...

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