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New York City Ballet Reclaims Lincoln Center to Start the Season


Sara Mearns of New York City Ballet in “Swan Lake” in 2015.

Andrea Mohin/The New York Times

It’s never truly fall until New York City Ballet reclaims Lincoln Center. Before the company hosts its fashion-forward gala evening on Sept. 28 — with designers and choreographers collaborating on new works — there will be two weeks of Peter Martins’s “Swan Lake.” It’s all about the dancers, and Sara Mearns, who is scheduled to perform opening night opposite Tyler Angle, should start the run off right: Her rendition of the dual role of Odette/Odile is extraordinary. As the season continues, there will be three premieres by company members, the principal Lauren Lovette and the soloists Troy Schumacher and Justin Peck, City Ballet’s resident choreographer. There’s one wild card in the mix: Gianna Reisen, a 2017 graduate of the City Ballet-affiliated School of American Ballet, will create her first work for the company. Ms. Reisen, 18, and now an apprentice at Ballet Semperoper Dresden, is the youngest choreographer the company has ever featured. And the season bids farewell to a principal when, on Oct. 7, Rebecca Krohn takes her final bow. (Tuesday, Sept. 19, through Oct. 15 at the David H. Koch Theater; nycballet.com.)

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