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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.

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

Featuring previously-recorded full performance streams.

February 25: Prodigal Son, featuring Daniel Ulbricht and Teresa Reichlen
Available to view through March 4

March 4: Theme and Variations, featuring Andrew Veyette and Tiler Peck
Available to view through March 11



March 11: 1972 neoclassical masterpiece Stravinsky Violin Concerto, featuring Sterling Hyltin, Ask la Cour, Sara Mearns, and Taylor Stanley
Available to view through March 18

Kyle Abraham World Premiere

APRIL 8 - 22

Choreographer Kyle Abraham returns to premiere his third creation for NYCB, beginning with a three-week COVID-compliant residency bubble at the Kaatsbaan Cultural Park in Tivoli, NY. Subsequently, this new work will be filmed onstage at the David H. Koch Theater and digitally released in early spring. It will be available to view for two weeks.

Spring Gala featuring Justin Peck World Premiere


NYCB's first-ever virtual gala will be take place May 5, highlighted by a world premiere from NYCB Resident Choreographer Justin Peck, who is creating a solo for Principal Dancer Anthony Huxley to a string quartet arrangement of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings. The event will also include excerpts of ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins newly filmed for the occasion.

MAY 6-20

Following the Gala event, the program will be released on May 6 and will be available to view for two weeks.

George Balanchine's Vienna Waltzes

June 3-17

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, 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.

Virtual Public Programs

Explore our digital movement workshops and classes for dancers of all ages and abilities, offered via Zoom.

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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