NEW YORK CITY BALLET PRESENTS BALANCHINE BLACK & WHITE WEEK

April 20, 2011

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NEW YORK CITY BALLET PRESENTS BALANCHINE BLACK & WHITE WEEK

MAY 3 – 10, 2011

NYCB opens its spring repertory season with Balanchine Black & White Week, a full week of performances of George Balanchine’s “black and white” ballets, as well as a series of Pre-Performance Talks, demonstrations, and events. This opening week of performances will feature 12 of Balanchine’s iconic, modernist works including Agon, Apollo, Concerto Barocco, Duo Concertant, Episodes, The Four Temperaments, Monumentum Pro Gesualdo, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, Square Dance, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Symphony in Three Movements, and Le Tombeau de Couperin, as well as scores by Bach, Corelli, Hindemith, Ravel, Stravinsky, Vivaldi, and Webern. Additional events throughout the week will include Pre-Performance Talks, a Children’s Workshop and an onstage demonstration with NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins and NYCB Dancers. A full schedule of the week’s events follows.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

6:15-7:00 pm

PRE-PERFORMANCE TALK: Balanchine’s Journey (FREE)

Discussion will focus on the progressive nature of the Ballets Russes and how it led Balanchine to America and to become one of the greatest choreographers of the 20th Century. Panelists will include Lynn Garafola (Dance Historian and author, Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes), Peter Rand (Senior Lecturer, Boston University and President, Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership), and John Malmstad (Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature, Harvard University).

7:30 pm

PERFORMANCE: Balanchine Black & White Program (Tickets start at $20)

Square Dance, Agon, and Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

6:15-7:00 pm

PRE-PERFORMANCE TALK: The Essence of Black & White (FREE)

Discussion will examine Balanchine’s streamlined approach to choreography. Panelists will include NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins, and NYCB Ballet Master Richard Tanner.

7:30 pm

PERFORMANCE: Balanchine Black & White Program (Tickets start at $20)

Episodes, Le Tombeau de Couperin, and Symphony in Three Movements

Thursday, May 5, 2011

8:00 pm

PERFORMANCE: Balanchine Black & White Program (Tickets start at $20)

Monumentum Pro Gesualdo, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, Apollo, and The Four Temperaments

Friday, May 6, 2011

6:45-7:30 pm

PRE-PERFORMANCE TALK: Balanchine and Music: The Ultimate Collaboration (FREE)

Discussion will explore the long and mutually fruitful relationship between Balanchine and Stravinsky. Moderated by Daniel Ott (Juilliard Professor and composer), discussion panelists will include Fayçal Karoui (NYCB Music Director) and Charles M. Joseph (Professor Emeritus, Skidmore College and author, Stravinsky and the Piano, Stravinsky Inside Out, and Stravinsky and Balanchine: The Journey of Invention). A violinist from the NYCB Orchestra will perform selections throughout the discussion.

8:00 pm

PERFORMANCE: Balanchine Black & White Program (Tickets start at $20)

Symphony in Three Movements, Duo Concertant, Le Tombeau de Couperin, and Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Saturday, May 7, 2011

12:00-1:00 pm

PRE-PERFORMANCE TALK: Why Black and White?: Modernism in the Arts in America (FREE)

A discussion with dance and arts professionals about the evolution of art and design during this creative period. Panel will include cultural historian Nicholas Fox Weber (Executive Director, Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and author, Patron Saints), and Nancy Reynolds (Director of Research, The George Balanchine Trust and author, Repertory in Review: 40 Years of the New York City Ballet) as well as additional panelists to be announced.

12:45-1:30 pm

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP: Do Si Do, Here We Go! (Tickets $10)

Special event for children ages four and above that will explore Balanchine’s Square Dance.

2:00 pm

PERFORMANCE: Balanchine Black & White Program (Tickets start at $20)

Apollo, Square Dance, and Agon

4:45-5:45 pm

ONSTAGE DEMONSTRATION: Apollo: Birth of a Choreographer (FREE)

An onstage demonstration and discussion of Apollo and how it continues to be representative of Balanchine’s timeless aesthetic. Nancy Goldner (author, Balanchine Variations) will moderate with NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins rehearsing NYCB dancers onstage.

8:00 pm

PERFORMANCE: Balanchine Black & White Program (Tickets start at $20)

Episodes, Concerto Barocco, and The Four Temperaments

Sunday, May 8, 2011

3:00 pm

PERFORMANCE: Balanchine Black & White Program (Tickets start at $20)

Concerto Barocco, Monumentum Pro Gesualdo, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, Duo Concertant, and Symphony in Three Movements

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

7:30 pm

PERFORMANCE: Balanchine Black & White Program (Tickets start at $20)

Square Dance, Agon, and Episodes

Tickets will be required for all free events. Tickets to all performances, workshops and free events are available at the David H. Koch Theater Box Office, www.nycballet.com and via Center Charge at 212-721-6500. All performances will take place at the David H. Koch Theater (located at Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street) with all Pre-Performance Talks taking place on the theater’s Promenade. The Children’s Workshop will take place at New York City Ballet’s Rehearsal Studios located on the 7th floor of the Samuel B. and David Rose Building at 165 West 65th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues). For additional information on NYCB call 212-870-5570, or visit www.nycballet.com.

Major annual 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

Denise Sobel and Norman Keller

The Rockefeller Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Solomon

John L. and Barbara Vogelstein

John L. and Sue Ann Weinberg Foundation

Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin

Public support for NYCB is provided by:

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

National Endowment for the Arts

New York State Council on the Arts

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.

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 the official airline of New York City Ballet.

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