Year of the Rabbit

Choreography by: Justin Peck

Music by: Sufjan Stevens, Orchestrated by Michael P. Atkinson

Set to an orchestration of Sufjan Stevens’ 2001 electronica album Enjoy Your Rabbit, Justin Peck’s acclaimed Year of the Rabbit presents an ever-changing kaleidoscope of visually arresting shapes, weaving six featured dances into the corps de ballet.

NYCB Resident Choreographer and Artistic Advisor Justin Peck’s second work for New York City Ballet, Year of the Rabbit, is a collaboration with American singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens. The ballet is set to Stevens’ Enjoy Your Rabbit, an electronica album and song cycle based on the Chinese zodiac, and the orchestration of the score by Michael Atkinson was created specifically for the ballet. Year of the Rabbit is an elaboration of Peck’s Tales of a Chinese Zodiac, which was created in 2010 for the New York Choreographic Institute.


The new production of Year of the Rabbit was made possible in part by generous contributions from members of the New Combinations Fund, with additional major support provided by Maria-Cristina Anzola and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Commissioning support for Year of the Rabbit was also provided by the New York Choreographic Institute and the Rudolf Nureyev Fund for Emerging Choreographers, established through a leadership grant from the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation, with additional grants from the Harriet Ford Dickenson Foundation and the Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Foundation.

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Enjoy Your Rabbit
October 5, 2012, New York City Ballet, David H. Koch Theater
Original Cast
Ashley Bouder, Teresa Reichlen, Janie Taylor, Joaquin de Luz, Robert Fairchild, Craig Hall

30 Min.
Costumes by
Justin Peck; Costumes supervised by Marc Happel
Lighting by
Brandon Stirling Baker