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Saturday February 9, 2019 2:00 PM

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Two world premieres – from Justin Peck, in his fourth collaboration with Oscar-nominated composer Sufjan Steven, and on-the-rise dance-maker Emma Portner, creating her first ballet for the Company – are presented in the annual program honoring the birthday of George Balanchine. This year's premieres are joined by encore viewings of a new work from Fall 2018, and the first full performances of the internationally renowned choreographer William Forsythe’s Herman Schmerman since 1994.

David H. Koch Theater
Running Time:
2 hrs. 10 min.


  • Herman Schmerman

    • Music by: Thom Willems (commissioned for The Diamond Project)
    • Choreography by: William Forsythe

    Forsythe’s angular, contemporary choreography, paired with an electronic score by his long-time collaborator Thom Willems, is on full display in the first complete staging of this ballet in over two decades.

  • New Peck 1 (Winter 2019)

    • Music by: Sufjan Stevens
    • Choreography by: Justin Peck

    Set to a commissioned score for full orchestra, this will be Justin Peck’s fourth collaboration with Oscar-nominated composer Sufjan Stevens.

  • The Runaway (New Abraham)

    • Music by: Nico Muhly, Kanye West, Jay-Z, James Blake, with additional artists
    • Choreography by: Kyle Abraham in collaboration with NYCB

    Kyle Abraham’s choreographic perspective takes center stage in a work fusing modern and classical technique, accented by dramatic lighting, imaginative costumes by Giles Deacon, and an eclectic soundtrack mixing composer Nico Muhly, singer James Blake, and hip-hop artists Jay-Z and Kanye West.

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