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Opening Night


Celebrating NYCB’s Return to the Stage

Following an unprecedented hiatus from live performances, New York City Ballet makes its long-awaited return to the stage with a one-time-only Opening Night program kicking off the 2021-22 Season. There is perhaps no more fitting work to mark this historic homecoming than George Balanchine’s landmark creation Serenade, with its familiar Tschaikovsky score heralding the end of a long journey back as the curtain rises on ballerinas in iconic blue tulle, hands raised to the sky in reverence. The quiet intimacy of Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain Pas de Deux achieves new poignancy following more than a year of enforced separation, and the Theater’s reopening culminates in the season’s only performance of Balanchine’s glittering Symphony in C, amassing over 50 dancers onstage to commemorate the joyous occasion.

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