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A review of Sofia Coppola's short movie of New York City Ballet's gala by Ivy Lin for Bachtrack.

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There was one original work. Resident Choreographer Justin Peck created a solo for Anthony Huxley, set to Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings. Huxley is always worth watching; he might be the company’s purest classicist and most skilled virtuoso – how often does that happen? The solo Peck created is really a love letter to Huxley, showcasing the airy jumps, soft landings, effortless turns and humble persona. Huxley is one of the few dancers who never draw’s attention to his own skill. Peck has Huxley mirror a move from Apollo near the end of the solo, and ends with Huxley folding himself up and touching the stage. Is this a masterpiece? Probably not, but it’s an excellent showcase for an extraordinary dancer.

 

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