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Ellington music inspires Susan Stroman dance

New York City Ballet to perform romantic tale during gala night at SPAC

From left, New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck, Sara Mearns and Amar Ramasar appear in the “Frankie and Johnny ... and Rose” section of Susan Stroman’s “For the Love of Duke.” (photo: Paul Kolnik)
From left, New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck, Sara Mearns and Amar Ramasar appear in the “Frankie and Johnny ... and Rose” section of Susan Stroman’s “For the Love of Duke.” (photo: Paul Kolnik)
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Susan Stroman is a storyteller.

So naturally, when the Broadway director/choreographer was asked by Peter Martins to create a companion piece to her “Blossom Got Kissed” for New York City Ballet, she sought more than artistically compatible dancers and music. Stroman sought characters and a story that could be served by dance.

“For me, it has to be about the story,” said the five-time Tony Award winner whose new work marks her third creation ...

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