2 exciting premieres livened NY ballet season

July 10, 2013 • Entertainment

In this undated photo provided by American Ballet Theater, Alban Lendorf and Xiomara Reyes perform in “The Sleeping Beauty,” which will be performed by the American Ballet Theater at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. (AP Photo/American Ballet Theater, MIRA)

NEW YORK (AP) — It may be sweltering summer out there, but the spring ballet season has just officially ended in New York, with the last frothy performances of “The Sleeping Beauty” at American Ballet Theater.

And while dance fans often seek out the same classics, again and again, this season’s highlights included brand new productions by two of the most exciting choreographers working today: Alexei Ratmansky at ABT and soloist Justin Peck at NYCB.

A look back at these and other standout moments of a busy spring season:

AN AMBITIOUS TRILOGY: Ratmansky, ABT’s artist in residence and a former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, has been in hot demand now for years, and has choreographed a number of much-discussed works for both of New York’s major ballet companies.

But his “Shostakovich Trilogy,” a full-length evening choreographed entirely to the music of that Russian composer, was the most ambitious thing he’d done yet, and it was rapturously received by the crowd at the Metropolitan Opera House.

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