New York City Ballet
Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief
with the New York City Ballet Orchestra
20th-CENTURY CLASSICS (Tue. & Thu., Apr. 7 & 9 at 7:30, Sat., Apr. 11 at 1:30)
Tue. & Thu. Eves.: Hyltin, Bouder, Reichlen, Catazaro, la Cour
Sat. Mat.: Mearns, Isaacs, LeCrone, J. Angle, la Cour
Tue. & Thu. Eves.: Kowroski, Ramasar, Huxley, King, Laracey, Krohn, Alberda, Applebaum
Sat. Mat.: Reichlen, Danchig-Waring, Suozzi, Hod, Phelan, Lowery, Peiffer, Scordato
Symphony in C (Bizet/Balanchine)
Tue. & Thu. Eves.: First Movement: T. Peck, Veyette; Second Movement: Mearns, J. Angle; Third Movement: Pereira, De Luz; Fourth Movement: Pollack, Danchig-Waring
Sat. Mat.: First Movement: Bouder, Veyette; Second Movement: Kowroski, T. Angle; Third Movement: Pereira, Carmena; Fourth Movement: King, Stanley
Program A Timing: Approximately 2 hours, 20 minutes, with two 20-minute intermissions
Tuesday, April 7: Free Post-Performance Discussion with NYCB principal dancers Ashley Bouder and Adrian Danchig-Waring and artist Dustin Yellin. Following the discussion, Dustin Yellin will participate in a Book Signing in the Grand Foyer in front of the Opera House; copies of his book heavy water are available for purchase.
21st-CENTURY CHOREOGRAPHERS (Wed., Fri., & Sat. Apr. 8, 10 & 11 at 7:30, Sun., Apr. 12 at 1:30)
Symphonic Dances (Rachmaninoff/Martins)
All perf.: Reichlen, Catazaro
Pictures at an Exhibition (Mussorgsky/Ratmansky)
Wed. & Fri. Eves.: Mearns, Lovette, Hyltin, Woodward, Smith, T. Angle, Danchig-Waring, Garcia, Ramasar, Gordon [Solo Piano: Grant]
Sat. Eve. & Sun. Mat.: Pazcoguin, Lovette, Krohn, Woodward, Smith, Hall, Suozzi, Stanley, Ramasar, Prottas [Solo Piano: Grant]
This Bitter Earth (Washington, Richter/Wheeldon)
Wed. & Fri. Eves.: T. Peck, Hall
Sat. Eve. & Sun. Mat.: Mearns, T. Angle
Everywhere We Go (Stevens/Peck)
Wed. & Fri. Eves.: Kowroski, Hyltin, T. Peck, Reichlen, Janzen, Veyette, Ramasar
Sat. Eve. & Sun. Mat.: Krohn, Hyltin, Isaacs, Reichlen, Danchig-Waring, Veyette, Ramasar
Program B Timing: 2 hours, 45 minutes, with two 20-minute intermissions
"Contains enough whirring, propulsive energy to power a small town."
--The Washington Post
"The dancing… is so exuberantly sharp and exacting you might cut yourself on its edges."
--The Washington Post
George Balanchine created New York City Ballet in 1948 as a distinctly American company, forging a new style of movement that shaped 20th-century dance. In honor of this history, New York City Ballet performs two programs: 20th-Century Classics, featuring three of George Balanchine's most iconic ballets, and 21st-Century Choreographers, which includes works by Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Peter Martins, and Christopher Wheeldon.
Serenade, the first ballet Balanchine choreographed in America, is a romantic work of immense sweep, set to a transcendent Tchaikovsky score. The Wall Street Journal calls it "the ballet that changed everything." Agon, which came at the climax of the Balanchine-Stravinsky collaboration in 1957, is an intense, modernist masterwork, ever contemporary in its athletic competitiveness. A dance for twelve dancers clad in simple black and white costumes, it "remains one of the treasures of the New York City Ballet's repertory…ceaselessly inventive and often surprising" (The New York Times). Featuring sparkling costumes created in collaboration with Swarovski, Symphony in C boasts a cast of more than 50 dancers and a spectacular finale that includes the full cast on stage. Set to Georges Bizet's exuberant score, it is "the most exhilarating piece in world repertory" (The New York Times).
Grounded by Rachmaninoff's colorful melodies, Peter Martins's Symphonic Dances alternates between powerful ensemble sections and wistful pas de deux for its lead couple. Critically acclaimed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky premiered his "fresh, complex, many-chambered" (The New York Times) fourth ballet for the Company in fall 2014, Pictures at an Exhibition, danced to music by Mussorgsky. Christopher Wheeldon's 2012 pas de deux, This Bitter Earth, explores Max Richter's electronic remix of Dinah Washington's popular song by the same name. Everywhere We Go, which received its world premiere on May 8, 2014, features Justin Peck's distinctive use of the corps de ballet and is highlighted by a commissioned score by American singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens.
Balanchine said, "The music is always first." The New York City Ballet Orchestra celebrates this dedication, accompanying all of the performances this season.