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The New Orleans Ballet Theatre (NOBT) will continue its Summer of Love series Thursday with three performances. The company, founded by the husband-and-wife team of Gregory Schramel and Marjorie Hardwick, will perform George Balanchine's Apollo. The NOBT will restore the piece, the renowned choreographer's first great work, to its full length, including the rarely seen "Birth of Apollo" sequence. The sequence, removed by Balanchine in 1979 when the work was recreated for Mikhail Baryshnikov, shows the choreographer's modern-dance influence with segments that "are not meant to be completely beautiful," according to Schramel. The NOBT performed Apollo without the sequence in 2003, and now that the company is more established, it is able to perform this most difficult and emotional piece. The company will also perform two numbers designed by the founders themselves: Hardwich's Between 4 and 6, and a world premiere of The Colony, choreographed by and starring both Schramel and Hardwick (pictured). "This is what makes New Orleans Ballet Theatre really special," Schramel says. "We're creating the works that you see, and this one is really something. It's very cultural, definitely something good to bring your date to." Tickets $30.

8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, July 28-30; 2 p.m. Sunday, July 31

NOCCA/Riverfront, Freda Lupin Hall, 2800 Chartres St., 835-6002

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