NEW YORK CITY BALLET TO PRESENT SIX WEEKS OF REPERTORY PERFORMANCES MAY 3 – JUNE 12, 2011
Opening Week Will Showcase Balanchine’s Signature “Black and White” Ballets
Featuring 12 of the Iconic Works as Well as a Special Series of Pre-Performance Talks, Demonstrations, and Events New Production of The Seven Deadly Sins Choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett Featuring Patti LuPone To Premiere at Special Gala Performance on May 11
“See the Music…” Series Closes Out Inaugural Season With Two Performances Highlighting NYCB’s Musical Repertory and 62-Piece Orchestra One-Time-Only Dancers’ Choice Program To Conclude 2010-2011 Season With All Seats Specially Priced at $25 and $50
Spring Repertory Will Also Feature 19 Works by George Balanchine Including Jewels as well as works by Jerome Robbins, Susan Stroman, Christopher Wheeldon, and NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins
New York City Ballet’s 2011 spring repertory performances will begin on Tuesday, May 3, kicking off with a special opening week of performances dedicated entirely to George Balanchine’s signature “black and white” ballets. The spring performances continue through Sunday, June 12 and will include more than 30 different ballets featuring choreography by George Balanchine, Peter Martins, Jerome Robbins, Susan Stroman, Christopher Wheeldon, and a world premiere production by Lynne Taylor-Corbett. All performances will take place at the Company’s home, the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Balanchine Black & White Week
NYCB opens its spring repertory performances with Balanchine Black & White Week, a full week of performances of George Balanchine’s “black and white” ballets, as well as a special series of Pre-Performance Talks, demonstrations, and events, from May 3 – 10. 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.
In addition to the seven performances of “black and white” programming, the week will also feature a series of free Pre-Performance Talks on the theater’s Promenade, May 3 at 6:15 pm, May 4 at 6:15 pm, May 6 at 6:45 pm, and May 7 at 12 pm, with each discussion examining a different realm of Balanchine and his work. On May 7 at 12:45 pm NYCB will hold a Children’s Workshop for children four and older that will explore Balanchine’s classic ballet Square Dance (tickets $10). Also on May 7 at 4:45 pm NYCB will offer a special inside look at the Company with a free onstage demonstration featuring NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins rehearsing NYCB dancers in Balanchine’s iconic work, Apollo.
The Seven Deadly Sins
On May 11 NYCB will present the world premiere of a new production of The Seven Deadly Sins, choreographed by Tony Award nominated director and choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett and featuring two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone in her NYCB debut, with set designs by Beowulf Boritt, lighting by Jason Kantrowitz, and costumes by Judanna Lynn. The world premiere on May 11 will be part of a special Gala program that will also include Balanchine’s Vienna Waltzes.
A sung ballet in seven scenes, The Seven Deadly Sins was composed by Kurt Weill to a German libretto by Bertolt Brecht in 1933, and was the last major collaboration between the two artists. The ballet was first performed at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris on June 7, 1933, and was produced, directed and choreographed by NYCB co-founder George Balanchine. An ironic morality play, The Seven Deadly Sins tells the story of a character named “Anna,” who is portrayed by both a singer and a dancer, with the original production starring Lotte Lenya as the singer, and Tilly Losch as the dancer. In 1958 Balanchine revived the production for New York City Ballet with Lenya recreating her original role, and Allegra Kent as the dancer.
The Seven Deadly Sins will be Taylor-Corbett’s third work for the Company. Her previous work has included Mercury in 1992 and Chiaroscuro in 1994. In addition to her work with NYCB, Taylor-Corbett has also created ballets for American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Carolina Ballet, where she is principal guest choreographer. Taylor-Corbett’s Broadway credits include choreography for Chess and Titanic, and direction and choreography for Swing!, for which she received two Tony nominations and a Drama Desk nomination.
LuPone, who was last seen on Broadway in her award-winning performance as Rose in the 2008 production of Gypsy, will make her New York City Ballet debut with The Seven Deadly Sins. It will also mark a Lincoln Center homecoming for the actress who trained with the first class of the Juilliard School’s Drama Division, and began her career as a founding member of John Houseman’s “The Acting Company,” which was based at Lincoln Center. She subsequently returned to Lincoln Center to star as Reno Sweeney in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Anything Goes and to make her debut with the New York Philharmonic as Mrs. Lovett in their concert production of Sweeney Todd.
On May 9 at 6 pm, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Patti LuPone, and NYCB Principal Dancer Wendy Whelan will discuss the creation of Taylor-Corbett’s new work in a NYCB Seminar titled The Seven Deadly Sins: Creating a Ballet, which will take place in the theater’s auditorium (tickets $15).
“See the Music…”
“See the Music…” wraps up the 2010-2011 Season with two performances specially tailored to provide an inside look at NYCB’s incomparable musical repertory and 62-piece NYCB Orchestra. Each “See the Music…” program will feature an introduction by the conductor followed by excerpts performed by the NYCB Orchestra, offering a glimpse into the music behind the movement. On May 25 at 7:30 pm the program will highlight Leonard Bernstein’s score for Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite. The program on June 11 at 8 pm will look at Richard Rodgers score accompanying Peter Martins’ Thou Swell.
New York City Ballet will present its third Dancers’ Choice program on June 12 at 7:30 pm. A special one-time-only program that benefits NYCB’s Dancers’ Emergency Fund, the event was conceived by Peter Martins to give the Company’s dancers an opportunity to plan a NYCB performance. This year NYCB Soloist Adrian Danchig-Waring and Corps member Amanda Hankes will oversee the evening.
The Dancers’ Choice program will feature special ticket prices of $50 for Orchestra, First Ring, Second Ring, and Third Ring seats, and $25 for all other locations. Proceeds from the evening will support NYCB’s Dancers’ Emergency Fund, which was initiated in 1980 by Jerome Robbins to assist individual dancers who have had personal emergencies or unexpected hardships.
In addition to the world premiere work by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, the spring performances will also include 19 ballets by Balanchine including his abstract, full-length masterpiece Jewels, as well as works by Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, Susan Stroman, and Christopher Wheeldon. Works absent from the repertory in recent years and returning this spring include George Balanchine’s La Sonnambula and Vienna Waltzes, Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun and Antique Epigraphs, as well as Peter Martins’ Fearful Symmetries.
Four programs this spring will be themed “Tribute to Broadway”, on May 25 at 7:30 pm, May 28 at 2 and 8 pm, and May 29 at 3 pm, with a special line-up featuring three ballets inspired by the Broadway tradition. This tribute program will include Susan Stroman’s winter 2011 premiere For the Love of Duke, as well as Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue and Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite.
Education and Close-Up Programs
In addition to the Children’s Workshop on May 7, Do Si Do, Here We Go!, which will focus on Balanchine’s Square Dance, NYCB will present two more Children’s Workshops this spring — Broadway Ballet on May 28 exploring Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite, and Sparkling Gems on June 11 focusing on George Balanchine’s Jewels. Each Children’s Workshop begins at 12:45 pm before the Saturday matinee performance and is a 45-minute interactive program appropriate for children four and older (tickets $10). Also this spring will be a special event for families on May 14 at 11 am, Ballet For Young People: An Exploration of Partnering. NYCB Principal Dancer Daniel Ulbricht and Apprentice Ballet Master Glenn Keenan will lead this interactive program offering children the opportunity to explore and experience the art of partnering. With excerpts performed from NYCB’s repertory and live music from members of the NYCB Orchestra, this Saturday morning program is the perfect introduction to the joys of dance, appropriate for children four and older (tickets $12).
In addition to the Pre-Performance Talks during the opening Balanchine Black & White Week, NYCB will also present a special Seminar on May 9 at 6 pm titled The Seven Deadly Sins: Creating a Ballet. The star-studded panel will include Tony Award nominated director and choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett, two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone, and NYCB Principal Dancer Wendy Whelan discussing the creation of Taylor-Corbett’s newest work for the Company, The Seven Deadly Sin (tickets $15). Also this spring, NYCB will present two Studio Talks — Backstage Perspectives on May 15 at 1:45 pm which will focus on the many facets of bringing a ballet from the studio to the stage and Relationships Revealed on May 26 at 6:45 pm, which will investigate how relationships are expressed and developed within a choreographer’s work. Each pre-performance Studio Talk runs 45-minutes and is appropriate for all audiences (tickets $10). NYCB will also hold free, informal, pre-performance Dancer Chats offering attendees the opportunity to ask NYCB dancers questions one-on-one. Dancer Chats this spring will be held at 6:45 pm on May 13, May 27, and June 10 (call 212-870-5666 to reserve seating for each chat).
Create-Your-Own subscriptions for the 2010-2011 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 at www.nycballet.com. Single tickets for the spring repertory performances start at just $20.
Tickets will be required for all free events. Tickets to all performances and 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 and Studio Talks taking place on the theater’s Promenade, and Seminars and Ballet for Young People events taking place in the theater’s auditorium. The Children’s Workshops and Dancer Chats 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
Major support for new work is provided by:
Members of the New Combinations Fund
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation
Rudolf Nureyev Fund for Emerging Choreographers:
Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation
Harriet Ford Dickenson Foundation
Joseph and Sylvia Slifka 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 the official airline of New York City Ballet.