ARTS & CULTURE
07/06/2010 09:30 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

What Will Make a Ballet's Life Less Brief?

Ballets are written on air. Few live longer than a year or two. Yet it's standard practice in the ballet world to refer to new choreography as "lifeblood." Peter Martins, ballet master in chief of New York City Ballet, used the term in his opening-night speech when introducing the company's just-ended Architecture of Dance season, the series of programs featuring seven commissioned premieres.

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