NEW YORK CITY BALLET
Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief
TWO PROGRAMS with the New York City Ballet Orchestra
"A whirlwind of exhilaration… is any other ballet company as fit and athletic as this one?"
--The Washington Post
"The unequaled richness of City Ballet's repertory becomes the envy of the world."
--The New York Times
Critics are raving: New York City Ballet is performing at an incredible peak right now, with world-renowned dancers enriching an ever-expanding repertory created by today's most innovative choreographers. Through the Kennedy Center's unique relationship with the company, Washington audiences can experience major new NYCB commissions before others outside New York get to see them--and this season is no exception.
Balanchine, Peck & Ratmansky
June 6, 7 & 10 at 7:30 p.m. | June 11 at 1:30 p.m.
Square Dance (Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli / George Balanchine)
NYCB’s legendary co-founder offers high-spirited fun by joining the traditions of American folk dance with classical ballet.
Odessa (Leonid Desyatnikov / Alexei Ratmansky) D.C. PREMIERE
Critics have acclaimed Ratmansky’s NYCB works as resounding hits; his latest creation premieres in NYC in May, danced to Desyatnikov’s “Sketches to Sunset.”
Tarantella (Louis Moreau Gottschalk, orch. by Hershy Kay / George Balanchine)
This virtuosic, Italian-flavored pas de deux showcases two pyrotechnical dancers in an ever-growing profusion of steps.
Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes (Aaron Copland / Justin Peck) D.C. PREMIERE
This highly praised 2015 work from NYCB’s Resident Choreographer pairs a lone woman with 15 energetic and charming men performing to Copland’s Americana score.
Balanchine, Peck & Wheeldon
June 8 & 9 at 7:30 p.m. | June 10 at 1:30 p.m.
A new work by Justin Peck D.C. PREMIERE
To be announced, one of Justin Peck’s newest ballets created this season will begin the program.
The Four Temperaments (Paul Hindemith / George Balanchine)
NYCB recalls its early years with Balanchine’s classic evocation of the humours of the body.
American Rhapsody (George Gershwin / Christopher Wheeldon) D.C. PREMIERE
The Tony Award® winner for An American in Paris draws upon his recent Broadway success in his latest NYCB creation, set to Gershwin’s popular Rhapsody in Blue.
Performance Timing: TBA