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The New York City Ballet production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker.

A Tree Grows Onstage With Nutcracker season in full swing, an exploration of the meaning of the ballet, and the story behind it, intensifies the mystery of the Christmas tree

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"The Wooster Group," installation view, Carriage Trade, 2019-20.

Change of Scene

Gallery displays of performance materials walk a line between highlighting and fetishizing, documenting and memorializing, but in a thoughtful new exhibition—the first ever on the acclaimed experimental theater troupe, The Wooster Group—the objects that once appeared onstage, in performance, are compelling in their own right. “It’s a balance between context and aesthetics,” says Carriage Trade gallery curator Peter Scott, “but this is unapologetically an art show.” Read On

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About a Girl

When Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the music director of the Metropolitan Opera and an occasional pianist, proposed teaming up for Franz Schubert’s 70-minute Winterreise (Winter Journey), the mezzo-soprano superstar Joyce DiDonato had her doubts. Each of the cycle’s 24 songs is in its own way a station on a jilted lover’s descent into alienation. Again and again, he finds his state of mind reflected in images of wintry desolation: a weathervane whipped around in the wind, one last leaf trembling on a branch, a crow winging overhead. Not once does the poet Wilhelm Müller—a minor romantic who but for Schubert would be forgotten—abandon the wayfarer’s point of view. But what went wrong with his love affair? READ ON

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Kusama Ad Infinitum

Once the haunt of the avant-garde, installation art has matured into a 21st-century mass-culture phenomenon. There is no better evidence of this evolution than the immense popularity of Yayoi Kusama’s mirrored “infinity rooms.” READ ON

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