New York City Ballet Announces 2013-14 Season
New York City Ballet's 2013-14 Season at Lincoln Center will feature performances of 50 ballets in celebration of New York City Ballet's 50th anniversary at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, which has been the Company's home since the New York State Theater (now the David H. Koch Theater) opened in April of 1964.
Designed by the renowned architect Philip Johnson especially for George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet, the theater is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest venues for dance performances. The New York State Theater was the second major venue to open at Lincoln Center, following Philharmonic Hall (now Avery Fisher Hall), which opened in 1962.
The 50 ballets will be presented during 21 weeks of programming, featuring 159 performances designed by NYCB's Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins to showcase NYCB's vast and unparalleled repertory of music and dance. Highlights of the season will include world premiere ballets by Angelin Preljocaj on September 19, 2013, Liam Scarlett on January 31, 2014, Peter Martins on February 21, 2014, and Justin Peck on May 8, 2014. The season will also include two original scores commissioned by NYCB from Marc-André Dalbavie for The Martins premiere, and from Sufjan Stevens for the Peck premiere.
Other highlights of the season include 22 works by Balanchine and 7 by NYCB Co- Founding Choreographer Jerome Robbins, as well as works by Mauro Bigonzetti, William Forsythe, Benjamin Millepied, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon; and additional works by Martins, Peck, and Preljocaj. The season will also feature an extraordinary array of musical scores by more than 40 different composers performed by the 62-piece New York City Ballet Orchestra.
The 2013-14 Season will also feature NYCB's annual holiday season of George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM, which will open on Friday, November 29 and continue for 47 performances through Saturday, January 4, 2014. Performed in New York City every year since 1954, George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM is one of the treasures of the city's holiday season, and is seen by more than 100,000 people annually.
New York City Ballet will open Fall 2013 with six performances of Peter Martins' full-length production of Swan Lake. Set to Tschaikovsky's score, the production, which NYCB first performed in 1999, features sets and costumes by the acclaimed Danish painter Per Kirkeby, and was last performed by NYCB in the fall of 2011 to sold-out houses.
The opening week of fall will also feature a one-time-only Fall Gala performance on Thursday, September 19, that will feature a world premiere ballet by the internationally-acclaimed choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, and other works to be announced.
The French-born Preljocaj is the Artistic Director of Ballet Preljocaj which has been based in Aix-en-Provence since 1996. This will be the second work that Preljocaj has created for New York City Ballet. The first, La Stravaganza, was created for the Diamond Project in 1997, and will return to the repertory during NYCB's 2014 winter performances.
The remaining three weeks of the fall season will include five different programs featuring fifteen ballets. Highlights include an all-Balanchine Black & White program consisting of The Four Temperaments, Episodes, Duo Concertant, and Symphony in Three Movements; an all-Balanchine Short Stories program consisting of La Sonnambula, Prodigal Son, and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue; a Contemporary Choreographers program consisting of Christopher Wheeldon's Soirée Musicale, Alexei Ratmansky's Namouna, A Grand Divertissement, and the Preljocaj world premiere; and a final program that will feature Mauro Bigonzetti's Vespro, created for NYCB in 2002 and last performed in 2003, Balanchine's Duo Concertant, and Jerome Robbins' Dances at a Gathering.
The fall will also feature a special program designed for family audiences, which will be highlighted by the return to the repertory of Christopher Wheeldon's Carnival of the Animals, created in 2003 and last performed by NYCB in 2005. Set to the score by Camille Saint-Saëns, the production features a narration written, and originally performed by the actor and writer John Lithgow. For the Fall 2013 performances, the role of the narrator will be performed by stage and screen actor Jack Noseworthy, who along with Lithgow starred in the Broadway musical version of Sweet Smell of Success, which also featured choreography by Wheeldon. The family program, which will debut on Friday, September 27, will also feature Martins' Jeu de Cartes, and Robbins' The Four Seasons.
See the Fall 2013 calendar for a complete schedule of programs.
George Balanchine'S THE NUTCRACKERTM November 29, 2013 through January 4, 2014
New York City Ballet will open its annual engagement of George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM on Friday, November 29, and will continue for 47 performances through Saturday, January 4, 2014.
Balanchine's beloved production, which premiered on February 2, 1954, at the City Center of Music and Drama in New York, helped to establish The Nutcracker and its score as perennial favorites in the United States. NYCB's acclaimed staging of the holiday classic is seen by more than 100,000 people annually and has been performed more than 2,000 times.
Set to Tschaikovsky's glorious score, George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM features choreography by Balanchine, scenery by Rouben Ter-Arutunian, costumes by Karinska, and lighting by Mark Stanley, after the original design by Ronald Bates. The lavish production is performed by NYCB's entire roster of more than 150 dancers and musicians, as well as two alternating casts of 50 children from the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet.
New York City Ballet will open its Winter 2014 performances on Tuesday, January 21 with an all-Balanchine program consisting of Concerto Barocco, Kammermusik No. 2, and Who Cares?, with the second night of winter devoted to the return of Balanchine's full-length Jewels, which will be performed for six performances.
The opening week will also feature NYCB's annual birthday celebration for George Balanchine, "Saturday at the Ballet with George," on January 25, which will feature a day of all- Balanchine programming at both the matinee and evening performances, as well as a series of free pre- and post-performance events at the David H. Koch Theater to honor the 110th anniversary of Balanchine's birth. Balanchine, who co-founded NYCB with Lincoln Kirstein in 1948, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia on January 24, 1904.
Other highlights of winter include a World Premiere by the young British choreographer Liam Scarlett, which will premiere at the Company's annual New Combinations Evening on January 31. A former dancer with The Royal Ballet, Scarlett made his first work for the British company in 2010, and in November 2012 was named the company's Artist in Residence. In 2009, Scarlett participated in the autumn session of the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet, and his new work will be the first ballet he has created for NYCB. The score and additional information about the Scarlett premiere will be announced at a later date.
The second World Premiere of winter will be a new ballet by Peter Martins which will premiere as part of an evening of all-French music on February 21. Martins' new ballet will be set to a commissioned score by the acclaimed French composer Marc-André Dalbavie, whose music Martins previously used for Mes Oiseaux, which premiered at NYCB's 2012 Spring Gala. The other ballets on the French music program will include Jerome Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun, set to a score by Debussy, and Balanchine's' La Valse, to the music of Ravel, and Walpurgisnacht Ballet, set to music by Gounod.