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Friday February 7, 2020 8:00 PM

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Even as the Company draws deeply on its repertory, it has continually commissioned new works to create a living canon of contemporary ballets. “There are no new steps, only new combinations,” Balanchine once said. This annual program invokes that precept: Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia has, since its 2001 premiere, become a classic of contemporary ballet. It is presented here alongside Justin Peck’s Spring 2019 premiere Bright, set to a score by the American composer Mark Dancigers, and a premiere from Alexei Ratmansky, bringing together on one program three of today’s most acclaimed dance-makers.

Program runtime subject to change. 

David H. Koch Theater
Running Time:
2 hr 5 min


  • Polyphonia

    • Music by: Gy├Ârgy Ligeti
    • Choreography by: Christopher Wheeldon
    • Principal Casting:
      JAN 30, 31 & FEB 4: Lauren Lovette*, Megan Fairchild*, Allston Macgill*, Sara Mearns, Andrew Veyette*, Jovani Furlan*, Roman Mejia*, Silas Farley*
      FEB 7, 8 mat: Unity Phelan, Brittany Pollack, Emma Von Enck*, Indiana Woodward*, Peter Walker*, Harrison Ball*, Sebastian Villarini-Velez*, Christopher Grant*
      (*first time in role)

    Regarded as one of Wheeldon’s breakthrough contemporary works, Polyphonia’s four couples wind their way through ten eerily melodious Ligeti selections, including music made famous by Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.

  • Voices (New Ratmansky)

    • Music by: Peter Ablinger
    • Choreography by: Alexei Ratmansky
    • Principal Casting:
      JAN 30, 31 & FEB 4: Sara Mearns*, Megan Fairchild, Unity Phelan*, Georgina Pazcoguin*, Lauren Lovette*, Tyler Angle*, Joseph Gordon*, Adrian Danchig-Waring*, Roman Mejia*, Andrew Veyette*
      FEB 7, 8 mat: Teresa Reichlen*, Indiana Woodward*, Mary Thomas MacKinnon*, Megan LeCrone*, Alexa Maxwell*, Ask la Cour*, Jovani Furlan*, Peter Walker*, Davide Riccardo*, Harrison Ball* 
      (*first time in role)

    His first piece for NYCB since 2017’s Odessa, American Ballet Theatre Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky will contribute a new work to winter’s New Combinations program.

  • Bright

    • Music by: Mark Dancigers 
    • Choreography by: Justin Peck
    • Principal Casting:
      JAN 30, 31 & FEB 4: Mira Nadon*, Emilie Gerrity, Sara Adams, Peter Walker*, Andrew Scordato, Gilbert Bolden III
      FEB 7, 8 mat: Sara Mearns, Emilie Gerrity, Sara Adams, Preston Chamblee*, Andrew Scordato, Gilbert Bolden III
      (*first time in role)

    Justin Peck's Bright, his 18th ballet for NYCB, is set to Mark Dancigers' The Bright Motion: II as orchestrated by the composer. The ballet for six dancers features costumes by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung, and lighting by Brandon Stirling Baker.

  • Opus 19/The Dreamer

    • Music by: Sergei Prokofiev
    • Choreography by: Jerome Robbins
    • Principal Casting:
      JAN 30, 31: Unity Phelan*, Gonzalo Garcia
      FEB 4, 7: Brittany Pollack*, Gonzalo Garcia
      FEB 8 mat: Lauren Lovette, Taylor Stanley
      (*first time in role)

    Originally choreographed in 1979 for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Patricia McBride, Jerome Robbins’ Opus 19/The Dreamer focuses on the male protagonist’s elusive interactions with his ethereal counterpart. The ballet for 14 dancers is set to Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, which premiered in 1923 and has become one of the most beloved works for violin in the classical repertory.

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