The Week in Arts: Idris Elba Revives Luther; Margaret Thatcher Sees the Queen

June 1, 3;

No, this isn’t your everyday dance recital. Once a year, the New York City Ballet-affiliated School of American Ballet parts the curtain on its talented students, many of whom go on to grace dance companies here and abroad. This year’s program highlights three ballets by George Balanchine — “Concerto Barocco,” “Bourrée Fantasque” and the Garland Dance from “The Sleeping Beauty” — as well as William Forsythe’s “New Sleep,” a 1987 work set to an electronic score by Thom Willems. It’s the first time a Forsythe work has been included in a workshop performance. On Monday, Arthur Mitchell, an alumnus of the school who died last year, will be honored with a performance of the pas de deux from Balanchine’s “Agon.” But the main attraction is the students: It’s always a joy to see who is waiting in the wings. GIA KOURLAS

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