New York City Ballet's Docu-Series 'city.ballet.' Launches Today
AOL On Originals, AOL's premium video platform, launched its newest documentary series, city.ballet, today, offering a rare behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day lives of the elite roster of artists who perform with the New York City Ballet.
Conceived by executive producer and NYCB board member Sarah Jessica Parker, and produced by Pretty Matches Productions and Zero Point Zero Production, city.ballet. offers fans an all-access pass into the country's largest and most prominent Dance Company. Each 6-8 minute episode in the 12 episode series, narrated by Parker, takes viewers through a dancer's journey both on and off the stage. The series is now available at cityballet.com and bonus footage and content, including one-on-one interviews with the dancers and Parker, will also be available throughout the season.
"The dancers of the New York City Ballet are some of the greatest artists, and athletes, in the world, and as a former dancer and life-long fan of ballet, I am thrilled to be able to open the door to this remarkable institution to viewers of the AOL On Network," said Parker. "By inviting people into this very special and rarely seen world, I hope the dancers' own passion and dedication to ballet, one of the most demanding and difficult pursuits in all of the arts, will help to cultivate the next generation of ballet audiences,"said Parker.
The series is brought to you by Citi, the ThankYou Preferred Card, which rewards cardmembers for doing what they love by offering 2 points per dollar spent on dining out and entertainment. The series began filming during NYCB's annual summer residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in July 2013. Shooting continued through NYCB's 2013 fall season rehearsal period and performances at Lincoln Center's Rose Building rehearsal studios and David H. Koch Theater, which has been the home of the New York City Ballet since 1964.
In addition to rare footage of NYCB Company Class and rehearsals the series will provide unprecedented access to many of the more than 90 dancers who perform with the Company, including visits to their apartments, physical therapy sessions, and a glimpse into their day-to- day lives in New York City. Also included in the series are interviews with NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins and dancers such as Principals Jared Angle, Tyler Angle, Ashley Bouder, Megan Fairchild, Robert Fairchild, Chase Finlay, Sara Mearns, Tiler Peck, Amar Ramasar, Teresa Reichlen, Jenifer Ringer, and Andrew Veyette; Soloists Craig Hall, Megan LeCrone, Lauren Lovette, and Georgina Pazcoguin; and Corps de Ballet members Harrison Ball, Silas Farley, Gretchen Smith, Giovanni Villalobos, and Claire Von Enck.
New York City Ballet's 2013-14 season will continue with the Company's annual performances of the beloved holiday classic George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM, which will take place from November 29, 2013 through January 4, 2014 at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. For more information on New York City Ballet and its performance schedule visit www.nycballet.com.
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About New York City Ballet: New York City Ballet is one of the foremost dance companies in the world, with a roster of more than 90 dancers and an unparalleled repertory of modern masterpieces. The Company was founded in 1948 by the legendary choreographer George Balanchine and arts patron Lincoln Kirstein, and quickly became world-renowned for its athletic, contemporary style, and a repertory of original ballets that has forever changed the face of classical dance. Now under the artistic direction of Peter Martins, NYCB is committed to promoting creative excellence and nurturing a new generation of dancers and choreographers.
About Pretty Matches Productions: Pretty Matches Productions is a Production Company founded by Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress and producer Sarah Jessica Parker with a first look deal at HBO. Pretty Matches produces scripted and unscripted television as well as narrative and documentary feature films, including Bravo's Work of Art: The Next Great Artist which sold into multiple territories internationally, and the award-winning documentary Pretty Old. Pretty Matches is lead by Parker and Executive Producer Alison Benson.
About Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.: Zero Point Zero Production, Inc. is a television, digital and live content Production Company founded in 2003 by Executive Producers Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia, with partner and Managing Director Joe Caterini coming aboard in 2009. Since its inception, the company has produced hundreds of hours of television in over 80 countries around the world, including the critically acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning series Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and Diary of a Foodie. 2013 brings a fresh audience to the Bourdain franchise with the new CNN series, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. ZPZ is also in production on another new series The Getaway, which will anchor the launch of the newly rebranded Esquire Channel (formerly G4).