Spring Gala featuring Justin Peck World Premiere
MAY 5 & MAY 6-20
Emily and Len Blavatnik, Lead Benefactors
Acclaimed filmmaker Sofia Coppola directs a film that will be the centerpiece of NYCB's first-ever virtual gala on May 5, shot on location at the David H. Koch Theater with acclaimed cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd.
Coppola’s film, supported by CHANEL, will feature members of the Company performing five works: a world premiere from Resident Choreographer and Artistic Advisor Justin Peck featuring NYCB Principal Dancer Anthony Huxley set to Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings; excerpts from three works by Balanchine — Duo Concertant, featuring NYCB Principal Dancers Ashley Bouder and Russell Janzen; Liebeslieder Walzer, featuring NYCB Principal Dancers Maria Kowroski and Ask la Cour; and the finale of Divertimento No. 15, featuring NYCB Principal Dancers Tiler Peck and Andrew Veyette, Soloists Emilie Gerrity, Lauren King, Ashley Laracey, Unity Phelan, and Daniel Applebaum, and corps de ballet member Andrew Scordato — and a solo from Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, featuring NYCB Principal Dancer Gonzalo Garcia.
The musical soundtrack for the film will be performed by New York City Ballet Orchestra members and Company pianists under the direction of NYCB Music Director Andrew Litton.
Following the Gala event, the Coppola's film will be released on May 6 at 8 PM and will be available to view for two weeks on the homepage of nycballet.com and on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/nycballet.
George Balanchine's Vienna Waltzes
As a finale to the 2021 digital season, NYCB will stream a complete performance of Balanchine’s Vienna Waltzes. Created in 1977 and set to waltzes by Johann Strauss II, Franz Lehár, and Richard Strauss, this work of grand scale featuring more than 50 dancers is only performed by New York City Ballet.
Through Rouben Ter-Arutunian’s evolving scenery, Ronald Bates’ lighting, and Karinska’s costumes, the last that the famed designer created for the Company, the ballet transforms from a sylvan forest glen to a dance hall to a glittering society café to, at last, a majestic mirrored ballroom.
This performance, which will be available to stream for two weeks on the homepage of nycballet.com and on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/nycballet, was filmed in 2013 and features Rebecca Krohn, Tyler Angle, Megan Fairchild, Anthony Huxley, Erica Pereira, Sean Suozzi, Teresa Reichlen, Ask la Cour, Maria Kowroski and Jared Angle in the principal roles.
City Ballet The Podcast
Listen at podcast.nycballet.com or any podcast streaming platform.
The next season of City Ballet The Podcast kicks off with deep dives into Prodigal Son, Theme and Variations, and Stravinsky Violin Concerto as part of the Three Sides of Balanchine series, with additional episodes to follow.
February 22: Hear the Dance: Prodigal Son, hosted by Silas Farley and featuring Edward Villella, who first performed the title role in a 1960 revival of the ballet.
March 1: See the Music: Theme and Variations, with NYCB Music Director Andrew Litton discussing Tschaikovsky's score for this ballet.
March 8: Hear the Dance: Stravinsky Violin Concerto, hosted by Silas Farley and featuring Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, who originated the leading male role in the ballet's First Aria.
April 5: New Combinations with Wendy Whelan, focusing on the Kyle Abraham world premiere
May 3: New Combinations with Wendy Whelan, focusing on the Justin Peck world premiere
Three Sides of Balanchine
Inside NYCB and Performance Stream Events
FEB 23 - MAR 18
A three-week series exploring the narrative, classical, and neoclassical aspects of George Balanchine’s choreography in a group of works spanning more than 40 years of creation.
Access to both the Inside NYCB presentations and performance streams are free of charge, no ticket required and will be available to view on our YouTube channel and the homepage of this website. Presentations and performance streams will be available for one week after the weekly performance stream airs.
INSIDE NYCB: TUESDAYS AT 8 PM
Hosted by Principal Dancer Russell Janzen, each week's Inside NYCB presentation will feature onstage rehearsal sessions and conversations with NYCB artists and repertory directors, offering unique access and insights into each each week's featured ballet.
February 23: A look at The Siren, the leading female role in Prodigal Son, featuring a rehearsal and conversation with Principal Dancer Maria Kowroski, who has performed the role for many years, NYCB Repertory Director Lisa Jackson, and corps de ballet member Christina Clark, who will be learning the role. Available to view through March 4
March 2: Focusing on a virtuosic male solo from Theme and Variations, this event will feature a conversation and rehearsal session with NYCB Principal Dancers Andrew Veyette and Joseph Gordon, both of whom have performed the ballet’s principal male role, and Repertory Director Kathleen Tracey. Available to view through March 11
March 9: Showcasing one of the female solos from Stravinsky Violin Concerto, this event will feature a conversation and rehearsal session with Principal Dancer Sara Mearns and Soloist Claire Kretzschmar, both of whom have performed the leading female role in the ballet’s First Aria, and Repertory Director Rebecca Krohn. Available to view through March 18
PERFORMANCE STREAMS: THURSDAYS AT 8 PM
Featuring previously-recorded full performance streams.
WHEN WE FELL
APRIL 8 - 22
Choreographer Kyle Abraham returns to premiere his third creation for NYCB, created at a three-week COVID-compliant residency bubble at the Kaatsbaan Cultural Park in Tivoli, NY.
After the residency period, this new work – featuring dancers India Bradley, Jonathan Fahoury, Christopher Grant, Claire Kretzschmar, Lauren Lovette, Taylor Stanley, KJ Takahashi, and Sebastian Villarini-Velez – was filmed on the Promenade and stage of the David H. Koch Theater.
The resulting film and behind-the-scenes documentary were available to view until April 22, 2021.