August 5, 2011

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Sir Paul McCartney’s Ocean’s Kingdom to Premiere at NYCB’s Fall Gala on Thursday, September 22


Principal Dancer Charles Askegard to Give Farewell Performance on Sunday, October 9

New York City Ballet will open its 2011-2012 season at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, September 13, with four weeks of fall performances through October 9, featuring 16 ballets including works by George Balanchine, Peter Martins, Jerome Robbins and Christopher Wheeldon.

The four-week fall season opens 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.

The September 22 gala performance will also include a special “See the Music…” presentation featuring NYCB Music Director Fayçal Karoui and the New York City Ballet Orchestra, which will open the evening with a unique exploration of the Ocean’s Kingdom score.

Following the World Premiere performance, Ocean’s Kingdom will be performed four additional times during the fall season on September 24, 25, 27, and 29 (as well as five additional performances during the 2012 winter season on January 19, 21, 24, 27, and 29).

The opening week of fall will also feature a special Balanchine Black & White performance on Friday, September 16, featuring Episodes, Apollo, and The Four Temperaments. For this specially priced program all tickets will be $50 and $25.

Other highlights of the fall include a second Balanchine Black & White performance on Tuesday, September 20, 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 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.

Subscription series packages for the 2011-2012 season, which provide savings of up to 20% off single ticket prices, are available through the NYCB subscription office at 800-580-8730, and online through the NYCB website. Single tickets for all 2011-2012 repertory performances go on sale August 8 at the David H. Koch Theater box office, by phone at 212-496-0600, and online (link above).

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 online (link above).


Major programmatic funding for New York City Ballet is provided by:

Harriet Ford Dickenson Foundation/Miss Gillian Attfield

The Florence Gould Foundation

The William Randolph Hearst Foundations

Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin

Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin

Mrs. Ralph Kern

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 Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation

The Shubert Foundation

Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Foundation

Denise Sobel and Norman Keller

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Solomon

John L. and Barbara Vogelstein

The John L. and Sue Ann Weinberg Foundation

Members of the New Combinations Fund

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 funding for Ocean’s Kingdom is provided by the Harriet Ford Dickenson Foundation and the Carl Jacobs Foundation, with additional support from The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

New York City Ballet gratefully acknowledges the generosity of Fall Gala 2011 corporate sponsors Movado and F.D.

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.


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