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New York City Ballet (2015) (Everywhere We Go; Maria Kowroski and Robert Fairchild; Photo by ©2014 Paul Kolnik)

New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet performs two programs: 20th-Century Classics, featuring three of Balanchine's most iconic ballets, and 21st-Century Choreographers, which includes works by Peck, Ratmansky, Martins, and Wheeldon.

  • Apr. 7 - 12, 2015
  • Opera House
  • Running Time: TBA
  • $25.00 - $98.00

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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)
Serenade
(Tchaikovsky/Balanchine)
Agon
(Stravinsky/Balanchine)
Symphony in C
(Bizet/Balanchine)
 
21st-CENTURY CHOREOGRAPHERS (Wed., Fri., & Sat. Apr. 8, 10 & 11 at 7:30, Sun., Apr. 12 at 1:30)
Symphonic Dances
(Rachmaninoff/Martins)
This Bitter Earth
(Washington, Richter/Wheeldon)
Pictures at an Exhibition
(Mussorgsky/Ratmansky)
Everywhere We Go
(Stevens/Peck)

 
"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. 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. Critically acclaimed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky premieres his fourth ballet for the Company, Pictures at an Exhibition, danced to music by Mussorgsky, in fall 2014. 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 composer 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.



Performance Timing: TBA

Resources

Watch and Listen

Agon Trailer

A wonder of propulsive angularity, the Black & White ballet Agon balances structural symmetry with choreographic ingenuity.
Everywhere We Go Trailer

Highlighted by Peck's distinctive use of the corps de ballet, the bracing Everywhere We Go features 25 dancers in a nine-part exploration of Sufjan Stevens' cinematic score, the indie-pop icon's first original orchestral work.
Serenade Trailer

Originally crafted as a training exercise for the School of American Ballet and now performed by companies the world over, Serenade is a romantic work of immense sweep with a transcendent score.
Symphony in C Trailer

Symphony in C is a classical ballet that sparkles with over 50 dancers covered in Swarovski elements and a spectacular finale with the full cast onstage.
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