Pictures at an Exhibition

‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ at New York City Ballet

Peformance view of Joseph Gordon and Tyler Angle in the 2019 staging Alexei Ratmansky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (2014), at New York City Ballet.

PAUL KOLNIK

Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday.

Today’s show: As part of its spring programming the New York City Ballet is currently staging performances of Alexei Ratmansky’s ballet Pictures at an Exhibition, originally created for the company for its fall 2014 season. The work will be staged three more times, this Thursday through Saturday. (Click here for more information.)

Ratmansky’s ballet is a nod to Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s 1874 10-suite piano composition of the same title, which is also the namesake of this column. Ratmansky’s production features 10 ballet dancers who wear costumes by Adeline Andre and dance in front of animated projections of Wassily Kandinsky’s Color Study Squares with Concentric Circles (ca. 1913).

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