NEW YORK CITY BALLET ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 SEASON

May 23, 2012

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NEW YORK CITY BALLET ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 SEASON

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE THREE MUSIC FESTIVALS – STRAVINSKY, TSCHAIKOVSKY, AND AMERICAN MUSIC

WORLD PREMIERE BALLETS BY PETER MARTINS, JUSTIN PECK AND CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON AND ORIGINAL SCORES BY MARC-ANDRÉ DALBAVIE AND SUFJAN STEVENS

Twenty-One Weeks of Performances to Feature 65 Ballets and Scores by 44 Composers

Four-Week Fall Season to Open September 18 with Stravinsky/Balanchine: The Collaboration NYCB’s First-Ever All Stravinsky/All Balanchine Festival. Annual Season of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ to Take Place from November 23 through December 30

Six-Week Winter Season to Open January 15 Featuring Four Weeks of Ballets to the Music of Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky including NYCB’s First Ever All Tschaikovsky/All Balanchine Celebration

Two Weeks of Peter Martins’ Full-Length Production of The Sleeping Beauty

Six-Week Spring Season to Open April 30 with a Three-Week 25th Anniversary American Music Festival and Concluding with a Retrospective of the Entire 2012-2013 Season Showcasing Thirty Ballets in Three Weeks.

 

New York City Ballet will open its 2012-2013 season at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, September 18 with a two-week celebration of the landmark partnership between Igor Stravinsky and NYCB’s co-founder George Balanchine, consisting of performances of 12 different ballets that Balanchine created to Stravinsky’s music over a period of more than 40 years.

The four-week fall season will continue through Sunday, October 14 and will also include a world premiere ballet by NYCB corps de ballet dancer and choreographer Justin Peck, that will debut on Friday, October 5, as well as a special on-time-only Fall Gala performance that will take place on Thursday, September 20. The Fall Gala program will be announced at a later date.

The year will continue with NYCB’s annual holiday classic, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, with performances from Friday, November 23 through Sunday, December 30, 2012; followed by six weeks of winter repertory performances, from Tuesday, January 15 through Sunday, February 24, 2013.

The winter season will open with a two-week Tschaikovsky Celebration, featuring performances of nine works by George Balanchine to Tschaikovsky’s music, as well as a new ballet by Peter Martins set to selections from Eugene Onegin. The Tschaikovsky Celebration will close with 13 performances of Peter Martins’ full-length production of The Sleeping Beauty.

The winter season will also include a new Martins ballet set to a commissioned score by the French composer Marc-André Dalbavie that will premiere Thursday, January 31 as part of NYCB’s annual New Combinations Evening.

The 2012-2013 season will continue with six weeks of performances in the spring, from Tuesday, April 30 through Sunday, June 9. The season will begin with a 25th Anniversary tribute to NYCB’s 1988 American Music Festival, which will feature 24 different ballets with scores by 16 American composers. The spring season will also feature a world premiere ballet by Christopher Wheeldon, and will conclude with a retrospective of the Stravinsky, Tschaikovsky, and American Music festivals, featuring 30 different ballets presented during the final three weeks of the season.

In all NYCB’s 2012-2013 season will feature more than 150 performances programmed by NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins to showcase NYCB’s vast and unparalleled repertory of music and dance. The season will showcase 65 different ballets, including 39 works by George Balanchine, and 13 works by Jerome Robbins, the Company’s co-founding choreographers, as well as an extraordinary array of musical scores by 44 different composers, performed by the 62-piece New York City Ballet Orchestra.

2012 FALL PERFORMANCES – September 18 through October 14 FEATURING STRAVINSKY/BALANCHINE: THE COLLABORATION

THE FALL SEASON WILL ALSO FEATURE WORLD PREMIERE BALLET BY JUSTIN PECK TO A SCORE BY SUFJAN STEVENS

New York City Ballet opens its 2012-2013 season with Stravinsky/Balanchine: The Collaboration, a two-week tribute to one of the 20th Century’s greatest creative collaborations, featuring performances of 12 landmark works created by George Balanchine to the music of Igor Stravinsky. This special series of performances will also mark the 30th and 40th anniversaries of NYCB’s historic 1972 and 1982 Stravinsky Festivals.

The Stravinsky/Balanchine performances will begin on Tuesday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. with the “Greek Trilogy,” consisting of Apollo, Orpheus, and Agon, which will also be given four additional performances on Wednesday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, September 21 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, September 22 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, September 23 at 3 p.m.

The second Stravinsky/Balanchine program will consist of Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée,” Danses Concertantes, and Firebird. The program will also include Scherzo à la Russe, which will be performed by students from the School of American Ballet. This program will debut on Saturday, September 22 at 2 p.m., with additional performances on Tuesday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m.; and Friday; September 28 at 8 p.m.

The final program of Stravinsky/Balanchine: The Collaboration will consist of five of NYCB’s signature black and white ballets — Monumentum pro Gesualdo, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, Duo Concertant and two ballets that premiered on the opening night of NYCB’s historic Stravinsky Festival in 1972 – Stravinsky Violin Concerto and Symphony in Three Movements.

Nine additional ballets, including works by Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, Benjamin Millepied and Christopher Wheeldon, will also be performed in the final two weeks of the fall season.

On Friday, October 5 at 8 p.m. NYCB will present a World Premiere by corps de ballet member Justin Peck, set to American singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens’ Enjoy Your Rabbit, an electronica album and song cycle based on the Chinese zodiac. For the new ballet, Stevens and Peck are currently collaborating on all aspects of the production, including a new orchestration of Enjoy Your Rabbit, created specifically for the ballet.

See fall season calendar for complete programming information.

GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER™ November 23 through December 30, 2012

New York City Ballet will present its annual engagement of the holiday classic George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, from Friday, November 23, through Sunday, December 30. 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 Nutcrackerfeatures 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.

2013 WINTER PERFORMANCES – January 15 through February 24

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE A FOUR WEEK TSCHAIKOVSKY CELEBRATION FEATURING NINE WORKS BY GEORGE BALANCHINE, A NEW BALLET BY PETER MARTINS TO SELECTIONS FROM EUGENE ONEGIN AND NYCB’S FULL-LENGTH PRODUCTION OF THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

SIX-WEEK WINTER SEASON WILL ALSO INCLUDE A NEW BALLET BY PETER MARTINS TO A COMMISSIONED SCORE BY MARC-ANDRÉ DALBAVIE

NYCB will open its six-week winter season on Tuesday, January 15 with a two-week celebration of the music of Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky, featuring nine ballets by George Balanchine on three separate programs, as well as a new work by Peter Martins set to selections from Tschaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. This will mark the first-time ever that during two weeks of programming NYCB has presented all of the ballets currently in the Company’s active repertory that were created by Balanchine to Tschaikovsky’s music. In 1981 NYCB presented a Tschaikovsky Festival which featured new works by Balanchine, Robbins, Martins and others, as well as existing repertory.

The first program will include Balanchine’s first work made in America, Serenade, his last major work, Mozartiana, and Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2. This program will debut on Tuesday, January 15, at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances on Wednesday, January 16 at 7:30p.m., Friday, January 18 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, January 19 at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, January 26 at 2 p.m.

The second all Tschaikovsky/Balanchine program will consist of Swan Lake, Allegro Brillante, and Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3, and will debut on Thursday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances on Saturday, January 19 at 2 p.m.; Sunday, January 20 at 3 p.m.; Tuesday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m., and Wednesday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m.

The third program will feature Balanchine’s Diamonds, from the full-length Jewels, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée,” which Balanchine created to excerpts from Stravinsky’s full-length ballet score, which Stravinsky composed as an homage to the music of Tschaikovsky, using several of the composer’s melodies and early piano pieces. This program will also feature the new ballet by Peter Martins set to selections from Tschaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. This program will debut on Thursday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances on Friday, January 25 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, January 26 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, January 27 at 3 p.m.

In a continuation of the Tschaikovsky Celebration, the 2013 winter season will close with two weeks of performances of Peter Martins’ acclaimed full-length production of Tschaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty, from Wednesday, February 13 through Sunday, February 24. Created in 1991, The Sleeping Beauty was last performed by NYCB in 2010. This production includes Balanchine’s choreography for The Garland Dance, which will also be performed separately on Saturday, January 19 as part of a special day of All Tschaikovsky/All Balanchine programming.

The middle two weeks of the winter season, January 29 to February 10, will feature 13 additional works by Balanchine, Robbins, Martins, Peck, William Forsythe, and Alexei Ratmansky, including a special “Symphonic Balanchine” program featuring Western Symphony, Symphony in Three Movements, and Symphony in C, which will be performed on Thursday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 9 at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, February 10 at 2 p.m.

On Thursday, January 31 as part of NYCB’s annual New Combinations Evening, the Company will present a World Premiere ballet by Peter Martins set to a commissioned score by the French composer Marc-André Dalbavie, whose music Martins previously used for Mes Oiseaux, which premiered at the Company’s 2012 Spring Gala. The New Combinations program will also include Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH, and Balanchine’s rarely performed Variations Pour une Porte et un Soupir.

2013 SPRING PERFORMANCES – April 30 through June 9

FEATURING A THREE WEEK AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND A WOLRD PREMIERE BALLET BY CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON
New York City Ballet’s 2013 Spring Season will open with a three-week American Music Festival featuring 24 ballets and music by 16 American composers. This festival will also mark the 25th anniversary of the 1998 American Music Festival, during which NYCB presented more than 20 new works to the music of American composers.

The season will open on Tuesday, April 30 with an All Balanchine program consisting of Who Cares? (music by George Gershwin), Ivesiana (music by Charles Ives), Tarantella (music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, reconstructed and orchestrated by Hershy Kay), and Stars and Stripes (music by John Philip Sousa). This program will be repeated on Wednesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 4 and Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m.

The American Music Festival will also feature a special Spring Gala performance on Thursday, May 9 featuring a world premiere by Christopher Wheeldon, music to be announced, and Jerome Robbins’ Glass Pieces.

Other programs making up the American Music Festival include an All Richard Rodgers program consisting of Martins’ Thou Swell, Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance), and Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, which will debut on Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.; and an All Robbins program consisting of Interplay (music by Morton Gould), Fancy Free (music by Leonard Bernstein), and I’m Old Fashioned (music by Morton Gould, based on a theme by Jerome Kern), which will debut on Friday, May 3 at 8 p.m.; and a “Founding Choreographers” program featuring Balanchine’s Western Symphony (traditional American melodies, orchestrated by Hershy Kay), and Robbins’ N. Y. Export: Opus Jazz (music by Robert Prince) and Glass Pieces (music by Philip Glass), which will debut on Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m.

The final week of the American Music Festival will feature an All Martins program showcasing NYCB’s Ballet Master in Chief’s long-standing commitment to the music of American composers. The program will include Calcium Light Night (music by Charles Ives), River of Light (music by Charles Wuorinen), Barber Violin Concerto (music by Samuel Barber), and Fearful Symmetries (music by John Adams). The American Music Festival will conclude with two additional programs featuring ballets by Robbins, Martins, Benjamin Millepied, and Christopher Wheeldon.

On Wednesday, May 29, NYCB will also present the New York City premiere of a new ballet by Justin Peck that will have its world premiere on Saturday, July 14, 2012 during the Company’s annual summer season at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The new Peck ballet will be set to composer Philip Glass’ Four Movements for Two Pianos.

New York City Ballet will end the 2012-2013 season with a three-week retrospective of highlights from the Stravinsky, Tschaikovsky and American Music festivals, featuring performances of 30 different ballets with no two performances alike.

TICKET PURCHASES

Subscription series packages for the 2012-13 season, which provide savings of up to 20% off single ticket prices, are now available through the NYCB subscription office at 800-580-

8730. Single tickets for all 2012-2013 repertory performances go on sale August 6 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 212-496-0600, or visit www.nycballet.com.

Major funding for New York City Ballet is provided by:

Harriet Ford Dickenson Foundation/Miss Gillian Attfield

Booth Ferris Foundation

The Ford Foundation

The Florence Gould Foundation

David W. Heleniak

Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin

Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation

The Leon Levy Foundation

Lincoln Center Corporate Fund

Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue

LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust

The Ambrose Monell Foundation

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

The Jerome Robbins Foundation

The Shubert Foundation

Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Foundation

Denise Sobel

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Solomon

Michael and Sue Steinberg

John L. and Barbara Vogelstein

The John L. and Sue Ann Weinberg Foundation

Major support for new work is provided by:

Members of the New Combinations Fund, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.

Christopher Wheeldon’s new work for New York City Ballet’s 2012-2014 seasons is made possible with a leadership gift from Michele and Lawrence Herbert.

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.

New York City Ballet’s student matinees are generously underwritten by Mrs. Ralph Kern.

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

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

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