The Kennedy Center

New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - Sunday, December 13, 2009

Ballet Holidays

New York City Ballet performs two programs of mixed repertory with works by Balanchine, Robbins, Martins, and Wheeldon, including Mozartiana, Les Gentilhommes, Dances at a Gathering, and more.

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New York City Ballet
Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief
"An impressive new generation of dancers" 
--The New York Times
"Dancing in its most glorious, spare simplicity"
--The Washington Post
Two Mixed Repertory Programs
One of the country's most highly respected and healthiest ballet institutions, New York City Ballet returns to the Kennedy Center Opera House for seven performances comprised of two stunning mixed repertory programs. The company will perform works ranging from the classic grace of NYCB's most legendary choreographers, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, to today's inventive strides made by Peter Martins and Christopher Wheeldon. The programs have been personally selected by Martins for the tremendous soloists and principals of New York City Ballet.
Balanchine ballets play a feature role in both programs. His Mozartiana is a work of both art and mirth. One of Balanchine's influential "black and white" ballets, Stravinsky Violin Concerto exists without plot or narrative, but shows ballet at its purest and most brilliant. His Concerto Barocco likewise asks the audience to appreciate movement for its own value, contrasting with his famed Liebeslieder Walzer, where every small gesture conveys a story.
Also to be performed is Dances at a Gathering, a landmark work by Balanchine's longtime creative partner, Jerome Robbins. Former NYCB principal dancer and now Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins offers his Les Gentilhommes, tying the company's storied past to the present. The meditative and sublimely entrancing Liturgy from Christopher Wheeldon shines amidst the Company's repertoire.
Performances accompanied by the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
Wed., Dec. 9, Thu., Dec. 10, Sat., Dec. 12, & Sun. Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.  (2 hours, 38 min.)
Mozartiana (Tchaikovsky/Balanchine): Whelan, J. Angle, Ulbricht  (29 min.)
--Intermission - 20 min.
Dances at a Gathering (Chopin/Robbins): Borree, Ringer, Fairchild, Kowroski, A. Stafford, Millepied, T. Angle, Danchig-Waring, Carmena, Tworzyanski  (63 min.)
--Intermission - 20 min.
Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Stravinsky/Balanchine): Krohn, Ramasar, Hyltin, R. Fairchild  (26 min.)
Fri., Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 12 & Sun., Dec. 13 at 1:30 p.m.  (2 hours, 19 min.) 
Concerto Barocco (Bach/Balanchine): Kowroski, A. Stafford, Hanna  (20 min., Pause - 3 min.)
Liturgy (Pärt/Wheeldon): Whelan, Evans  (13 min., Pause - 3 min.)
Les Gentilhommes (Handel/Martins): Suozzi, Applebaum, Tworzyanski, Ulbricht, Hendrickson, Carmena, Scordato, Danchig-Waring, Peiffer  (24 min.)
--Intermission - 20 min.
Liebeslieder Walzer (Brahms/Balanchine): Kistler, Ringer, Somogyi, Taylor, Askegard, J. Angle, Martins, T. Angle  (Part I - 27 min.; Pause - 3 min.; Part II - 26 min.)