New York City Ballet’s medley of George Balanchine’s works, “Black and White,” Sunday, October 12 with The Four Temperaments (1946), Episodes (1959), Duo Concertant (1972) and Symphony in Three Movements (1972) was a delight. True to form, each work offered precious memories of Balanchine at his neo-classical best. There was the hip thrusting, flexed wrists and a taste of the Lindy Hop in The Four Temperaments; the off-centered, harlequinesque shapes and flung leaps in Episodes; the coy, light and lively characters in Duo Concertant, and the playful precision of moving large groups as one in Symphony in Three Movements screamed timeless excellence. Sara Mearns, indeed a technician, commanded the stage with effortless artistry in Episodes. The season is over, but the winter season runs January 21-March 2.
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