SATURDAY AT THE BALLET
WITH GEORGE

Join us on January 25 as we celebrate NYCB Founder George Balanchine’s birthday with a day of activities and two all-Balanchine performances showcasing the mastery of this 20th-century choreographer.




11 AM – 12:15 PM // Adult Movement Workshop — SOLD OUT

Ticket Required: $15
Location: NYCB Rehearsal Studios, Rose Building, 7th Floor
NYCB dancers will lead this special movement workshop intended for adults with little or no prior dance training. The workshop will begin with a ballet warm up and then participants will learn movement combinations with choreography inspired by George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco and Jewels.


12:45 – 1:30 PM // Children’s Workshop — SOLD OUT

Ticket Required: $12 (children and adults)
Location: NYCB Rehearsal Studios, Rose Building, 7th Floor
Appropriate for families with children ages 5 to 8.
Join the artists of NYCB in an interactive workshop exploring the music, movement, and themes of George Balanchine’s Who Cares?


12:45 – 1:30 PM // In Motion Workshop

Ticket Required: $12 (children and adults)
Location: NYCB Rehearsal Studios, Rose Building, 7th Floor
Appropriate for families with children ages 9 to 12.
During this unique experience, participants first hear from a NYCB Company member who will share personal experiences about the journey to becoming a professional dancer. Then, the children will participate in a ballet warm-up and learn a movement combination inspired by a ballet featured in the matinee performance.


1:40 PM // First Position Discussion

Free Event with Matinee Performance Ticket
Location: Fourth Ring Theater Right Side
Gather on the theater’s Fourth Ring for an informative pre-performance discussion. NYCB docents will provide details on the all-Balanchine matinee program, including background about the ballets, as well as insights into the music and George Balanchine’s choreographic process.


2 – 4:30 PM // Matinee Performance

Ticket Required: $29 – $149
Location: Auditorium
Beginning with a curtain welcome marking the occasion, this all-Balanchine program opens with two neoclassical ballets to contrasting scores then turns to Gershwin for an upbeat finish. One of Balanchine’s greatest masterpieces, Concerto Barocco is the sublime embodiment of Bach’s double violin concerto, making his music visible through movement. Set to music by the same composer as Balanchine’s seminal The Four Temperaments, Kammermusik No. 2 echoes its modernist Hindemith score with jagged lines and stylized gestures, requiring great speed and precision of its two principal couples and an uncommonly seen all-male corps de ballet. Who Cares? brings the curtain down, using some of Gershwin’s most well-known melodies as the basis for syncopated group dances and balmy, romantic duets.


4:15 – 5:15 PM // From the Studio to the Stage

Free Event, Ticket Required
Location: Auditorium
Enjoy a rare, inside look at the training of a NYCB dancer during this special onstage demonstration. NYCB alumni and current artists, along with School of American Ballet teachers  — including Kay Mazzo (co-chairman of the faculty), Darci Kistler, Arch Higgins, and NYCB principal dancer and SAB faculty member Jonathan Stafford — will explore the various levels and distinct technique taught at the School of American Ballet, highlighting the audition process, pointe work, men’s class, and partnering. The program will also feature a coaching session led by NYCB’s Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins, demonstrating how the Balanchine legacy is passed from one generation to the next.


7 – 7:45 PM // Live Music by Members of the NYCB Orchestra

Free Event with Evening Performance Ticket
Location: Promenade


7:40 PM // First Position Discussion

Free Event with Matinee Performance Ticket
Location: Fourth Ring Theater Right Side
Gather on the theater’s Fourth Ring for an informative pre-performance discussion. NYCB docents will provide details on Balanchine’s Jewels, the first full-length plotless ballet in history, including background on each section of the ballet (Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds), as well as insights into the music and George Balanchine’s choreographic process.


8 – 10:10 PM // Evening Performance

Ticket Required: $29 – $149
Location: Auditorium
Opening with a special curtain welcome to celebrate the occasion, Jewels is a masterpiece in a league of its own: the world’s first-ever plotless full-length ballet. Inspired by a visit to Van Cleef & Arpels, Balanchine linked each section to a precious stone through music and movement. Emeralds floats at FaurĂ©’s mesmerizing pace, evoking an underwater setting, while Rubies races like lightning through Stravinsky’s jazz-inflected piano capriccio. With its symphonic Tschaikovsky score, Diamonds venerates the order and regality of Imperial Russia — a magnificent climax to a grand display.

 

Programs subject to change. Facility and handling fees are waived on tickets for Free Events when ordered by phone, online, or in person at the David H. Koch Theater. Standard fees apply when ordering performance tickets.