NEW YORK CITY BALLET ANNOUNCES 2011-2012 SEASON FEATURING WORLD PREMIERE BALLETS BY PETER MARTINS, BENJAMIN MILLEPIED AND CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

May 25, 2011

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NEW YORK CITY BALLET ANNOUNCES 2011-2012 SEASON FEATURING WORLD PREMIERE BALLETS BY PETER MARTINS, BENJAMIN MILLEPIED AND CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

Four Week Fall Season Begins on September 13 Highlighted by the September 22 World Premiere of

Sir Paul McCartney and Peter Martins’ Ocean’s Kingdom The Fall Season Will Also Include a Farewell Performance for Principal Dancer Charles Askegard on October 9 Annual Season of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ To Take Place from November 30 through December 31

Six-Week Winter Season to Begin on January 17

Highlights Include NYCB First-Ever All-Wheeldon Program Featuring a World Premiere Ballet, and the NYCB Premiere of Wheeldon’s DGV: Danse À Grande Vitesse

Six-Week Spring Season Opens May 1 Highlighted by the May 10 Spring Gala Performance Featuring World Premiere Ballets by Martins, Millepied, and a Major Revival of George Balanchine’s Symphony in C

New York City Ballet will open its 2011-2012 season at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, September 13, with the return of Peter Martins’ full-length production of Swan Lake. The season will feature four weeks of performances in the fall, September 13 through October 9, 2011; five weeks of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, November 30 through December 31, 2011; six weeks of performances in the winter, January 17 through February 26, 2012; and six weeks of performances in the spring, May 1 through June 10, 2012.

The longest home season of any dance company in the world, over the course of 21 weeks NYCB’s 91 dancers and 62-piece orchestra will present a total of 159 performances, featuring 55 different ballets from its unparalleled repertory, including 29 works by George Balanchine and 10 works by Jerome Robbins. The season will also feature five full-length favorites, including George Balanchine’s Jewels and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peter Martins’ Swan Lake and Romeo + Juliet, and Susan Stroman’s Double Feature.

2011 FALL PERFORMANCES – September 13 through October 9 FEATURING THE WORLD PREMIRE OF OCEAN’S KINGDOM

New York City Ballet will open its four-week fall season on Tuesday, September 13 with the return of Peter Martins’ full-length staging of Swan Lake. Set to Tschaikovsky’s beloved score, and featuring sets and costumes designed by the acclaimed Danish artist Per Kirkeby, the Company will present six performances of Swan Lake, which was last performed to sold-out houses during NYCB’s 2011 winter season.

The highlight of the fall season will be the September 22 Fall Gala, which will feature the World Premiere of Ocean’s Kingdom, a collaboration between Sir Paul McCartney and NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins. The production will mark the first time that Sir Paul has written an original orchestral score for dance, and will also feature costumes designed by the acclaimed fashion designer Stella McCartney, who will be designing costumes for the theater for the first time ever. Ocean’s Kingdom will also feature projections designed by S. Katy Tucker, and lighting designed by Mark Stanley.

In addition to the September 22 gala performance, which will also include George Balanchine’s Union Jack, Ocean’s Kingdom will be performed four additional times during the fall (September 24, 25, 27, and 29), and five times during the 2012 winter season (January 19, 21, 24, 27, and 29).

Other highlights of the fall include two all Balanchine Black and White performances on Friday, September 16 and Tuesday, September 20, featuring Episodes, Apollo, and The Four Temperaments, as well as five performances of Balanchine’s full-length Jewels on September 28, October 1, 2, 4 and 7.

On Sunday, October 9, the final day of the fall season, NYCB will also present a special farewell performance for Principal Dancer Charles Askegard who will retire after 25 years as a dancer, first at American Ballet Theatre, where he began his career in 1987, and then at NYCB which he joined as a soloist in 1997, becoming a principal dancer the following year. The program for Askegard’s farewell performance will consist of Jerome Robbins’ In Memory Of…, and George Balanchine’s Diamonds (pas de deux), Episodes, and Western Symphony.

GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER™ November 30 through December 31, 2011

This year New York City Ballet will present 47 performances of the holiday classic George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, from Friday, November 30, through Saturday, December 31.

Balanchine’s beloved production, which premiered on February 2, 1954, at the City Center of Music and Drama in New York, helped to establish The Nutcracker and its score as perennial favorites in the United States, evident by the now countless versions of the ballet performed all over the country. NYCB’s acclaimed production is seen by more than 100,000 people annually and has been performed more than 2,000 times.

Set to Tschaikovsky’s glorious score, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ features choreography by Balanchine, scenery by Rouben Ter-Arutunian, costumes by Karinska, and lighting by Mark Stanley, after the original design by Ronald Bates. The production includes the Company’s entire roster of more than 150 dancers and musicians, as well as two alternating casts of 50 children from the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet.

2012 WINTER PERFORMANCES – January 17 through February 26 FEATURING A WORLD PREMIERE BY CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

New York City Ballet will present six weeks of winter performances beginning Tuesday, January 17 with an all Balanchine program consisting of The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Le Tombeau de Couperin, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Who Cares?

The highlight of the winter season will be NYCB’s first-ever all Christopher Wheeldon program, consisting of three works by the British-born choreographer and former NYCB Soloist and Resident Choreographer. The program will consist of a World Premiere ballet, the NYCB premiere of DGV: Danse À Grande Vitesse, and Polyphonia. The all Wheeldon program will debut on Saturday, January 28 at NYCB’s annual New Combinations Evening. Created to honor of George Balanchine’s legacy of new choreography, each year since 1992 NYCB has presented a world premiere ballet as part of the New Combinations Evening,

In addition to the new work, which will be the choreographer’s 18th ballet created for NYCB, the all Wheeldon evening will also include the NYCB Premiere of DGV: Danse À Grande Vitesse. Created for Britain’s Royal Ballet in 2006, the ballet features 26 dancers and is set to a score by composer Michael Nyman, with sets and costumes by Jean-Marc Pussiant. The all Wheeldon program will also feature Polyphonia, set to ten piano pieces by György Ligeti, and created for NYCB in 2001.

In addition to the January 28 performance, the all Wheeldon program will be repeated on Saturday, February 4 at 2 p.m.

Other highlights of the winter season include the return of Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s The Seven Deadly Sins, Peter Martins’ full-length production of Romeo + Juliet, and Balanchine’s Tschaikovsky’s Suite No. 3, last performed by NYCB in 2009.

The season will also feature five all Balanchine programs, including a special performance consisting of Who Cares? and Union Jack which will be performed on Sunday, January 22, the 108th anniversary of George Balanchine’s birth.

2012 SPRING PERFORMANCES – May 1 through June 10 FEATURING WORLD PREMIERES BY PETER MARTINS AND BENJAMIN MILLEPIED

New York City Ballet will begin six weeks of spring performances on Tuesday, May 1 with an all Balanchine program consisting of Serenade, Kammermusik No. 2, last performed in 2004, and Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet. Highlighting the season will be a Spring Gala celebration on Thursday, May 10, featuring world premiere ballets by NYCB’s Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins and Principal Dancer Benjamin Millepied, as well as a major revival of George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, featuring new costumes designed by Marc Happel, NYCB’s Director of Costumes.

The one-time-only gala performance has been designed as a salute to France, with the new Martins ballet set to a commissioned score by the young French composer Marc-Andre Dalbavie. French-born Milllepied will create a work to a commissioned score by composer Nico Muhly, one of his frequent collaborators, and the final ballet on the program will be the revival of Symphony in C, set to French composer Georges Bizet’s classic score. Balanchine created the work for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1947, and it was originally titled Les Palais de Cristal

The spring season will also feature seven all Balanchine programs, featuring such works as Concerto Barocco, Firebird, and Liebeslieder Walzer, as well as Balanchine’s full-length production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will close the spring season with a week of performances from June 5 through 10.

The season will also include three all Robbins programs featuring In the Night, The Cage, Andantino, and In G Major; as well as the return of Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons, the choreographer’s first work for NYCB, which was created in 2006.

Susan Stroman’s full-length Double Feature will also return to the NYCB repertory for five performances from May 24 through 27. Created for NYCB in 2004, Double Feature is Stroman’s homage to the silent film era, and consists of The Blue Necklace, a classic melodrama set to the music of Irving Berlin; and Makin’ Whoopee, a slapstick comedy set to songs by Walter Donaldson.

TICKET PURCHASES

Subscription series packages for the 2011-2012 season, which provide savings of up to 20% off single ticket prices, are now available through the NYCB subscription office at 800-580-8730, and beginning May 31 will also be available online through the NYCB website at www.nycballet.com. Single tickets for all 2011-2012 repertory performances will go on sale August 8 at the David H. Koch Theater box office, by phone at 212-496-0600, and online at nycballet.com Single tickets for George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ will go on sale in September. Once again this season the lobbies of the David H. Koch Theater will open one hour prior to curtain time. In addition, for repertory performances, all Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m., and whenever possible will include only one intermission.

All performances will take place at the David H. Koch Theater, which is located on the Lincoln Center Plaza at Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street. For general information on tickets for any New York City Ballet performances, call 212-870-5570, or visit www.nycballet.com.

SPECIAL THANKS

Major funding for New York City Ballet is provided by:

Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Foundation

Harriet Ford Dickenson Foundation/Miss Gillian Attfield

Mary P. Oenslager Foundation Fund of the New York Community Trust

Lincoln Center Corporate Fund

Denise Sobel and Norman Keller

John L. and Barbara Vogelstein

The John L. and Sue Ann Weinberg Foundation

Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin

The Shubert Foundation

The Florence Gould Foundation

The Ambrose Monell Foundation

The Jerome Robbins Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Solomon

LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust

Public support for New York City Ballet programming is provided by:

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

National Endowment for the Arts

New York State Council on the Arts

Major support for new work is provided by:

Members of the New Combinations Fund

The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation

New York City Ballet gratefully acknowledges the Lila Acheson and DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund, which provides support for new work and audience development.

New York City Ballet’s musical leadership is endowed in part by the Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro Fund for Musical Excellence.

The creation and performance of works by Peter Martins is funded in part by an endowment gift from the Solomon family, given in loving memory of Carolyn B. Solomon.

New York City Ballet’s performances of works by George Balanchine are supported in part by the Balanchine Production Fund, an endowment created through The Campaign for New York City Ballet.

American Airlines is New York City Ballet’s Official Airline.

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