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New York City Ballet: 2 Programs of Works by Balanchine, Peck, Ratmansky & Wheeldon

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - Sunday, June 11, 2017

Ballet & Contemporary Dance Ballet

The acclaimed company's annual visit brings two programs featuring works by today's hottest choreographers--Justin Peck, Christopher Wheeldon, and Alexei Ratmansky--along with George Balanchine's Square Dance, Tarantella, and The Four Temperaments.

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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.
Performance Timing: approx. 2 hours 8 minutes

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. 
CASTING: M. Fairchild, Finlay (June 6 & 7); Bouder, Ball (June 10 & 11)
Approx. 25 minutes, intermission following

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. 
CASTING: Pereira, Hoxha (June 6 & 7); Woodward, De Luz (June 10 & 11)
Approx. 8 minutes

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.”
CASTING: Mearns, Bouder, Hyltin, T. Angle, Stanley, De Luz (June 6 & 7); Phelan, T. Peck, M. Fairchild, T. Angle, Stanley, Ulbricht (June 10 & 11)
Approx. 24 minutes, intermission following

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. 
CASTING: T. Peck, J. Peck, Ulbricht, Garcia, Veyette (June 6 & 7); Mearns, J. Peck, Ulbricht, Garcia, Veyette (June 10 & 11)
Approx. 24 minutes

Balanchine, Peck & Wheeldon

June 8 & 9 at 7:30 p.m. | June 10 at 1:30 p.m.
Performance Timing: approx. 2 hours

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
CASTING: Lovette, Janzen, Phelan, Stanley (all performances)
Approx. 19 minutes, intermission following

The Four Temperaments (Paul Hindemith / George Balanchine)
NYCB recalls its early years with Balanchine’s classic evocation of the humours of the body. 
CASTING: Wellington, Scordato, King, Alberda, Laracey, Sanz, Garcia, Mearns, J. Angle, la Cour, Reichlen (June 8 & 9); Wellington, Scordato, King, Alberda, Laracey, Sanz, Garcia, Scheller, T. Angle, la Cour, Reichlen (June 10)
Approx. 32 minutes, intermission following

The Times Are Racing (Dan Deacon/Justin Peck) D.C. PREMIERE
Dancers perform in street wear and sneakers to rock music from Dan Deacon's America, capturing a mood of modern protest.  
CASTING: T. Peck, Pollack, Lowery, Woodward, Isaacs, Stanley, Applebaum, Suozzi (all performances)
Approx. 24 minutes

Watch and Listen

New York City Ballet's "Square Dance"

New York City Ballet's "Rodeo" - 2nd Movement

In Rehearsal with NYCB: "Tarantella"