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A New Look at New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet costume director Marc Happel often plays the role of a conservationist — repairing and rebuilding historical designs by Karinska, costumer-of-preference for George Balanchine, the company’s founder.
Tonight, however, Happel will flip the switch — unveiling original costumes of his own design to accompany Balanchine’s “Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2,” a work which had originally premiered in 1941.
A cast of 29 dancers will rally across the Lincoln Center stage, dressed in Happel’s vision of beaded, French brocade bodices, languid blue-chiffon skirts and custom-made tiaras.
“A big part of my job typically is to basically make ballets, when the curtain comes up, look like they did the day it premiered,” Happel said of his day-to-day work, which often references ballet costumes dating back to the early 1900s.
“It’s very difficult and intimidating,” Happel said of breaking from his typical mode and stepping into the role of costume designer. Having joined City Ballet in 2006, Happel has designed looks for new ballets by choreographers including Benjamin Millepied, Peter Walker, Peter Martins, Mauro Bigonzetti and Nicolas Blanc. Only once has he revised costumes for a Balanchine work — tackling “Symphony in C,” a grand ode to classical Russian ballet, in 2012.
“It’s not something

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