Chase Finlay and Megan Fairchild in Balanchine’s Duo Concertant.
photo by Paul Kolnik
New York City Ballet’s 2013-14 Season at Lincoln Center will kick
off on September 17, 2013, featuring performances of 50 ballets
over the course of 21 weeks in celebration of New York City Ballet’s
50th anniversary at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Designed by the renowned architect Philip Johnson especially for
George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet, the theater is
widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest venues for dance
performances. The New York State Theater was the second major
venue to open at Lincoln Center, following Philharmonic Hall (now
Avery Fisher Hall), which opened in 1962.
The 2013-2014 Season will feature 159 performances designed
by NYCB’s Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins to showcase the
Company’s vast and unparalleled repertory of music and dance.
Highlights of the season will include world premiere ballets by
Angelin Preljocaj, Liam Scarlett, Peter Martins, and Justin Peck,
as well as two original scores commissioned by NYCB from
Marc-André Dalbavie for the Martins premiere, and from Sufjan
Stevens for the Peck premiere.
Other highlights of the season will include 23 works by Balanchine
and 7 by NYCB Co-Founding Choreographer Jerome Robbins, as
well as ballets by Mauro Bigonzetti, William Forsythe, Benjamin
Millepied, Alexei Ratmansky, Richard Tanner, and Christopher
Wheeldon; and additional works by Martins, Peck, and Preljocaj.
The season will also feature an extraordinary array of musical
scores by more than 40 different composers performed by the
62-piece New York City Ballet Orchestra.
New York City Ballet’s Fall 2013 performances will open on
September 17 with Peter Martins’ full-length production of Swan
Lake, set to Tschaikovsky’s score and last performed by NYCB in
the fall of 2011 to sold-out houses. The opening week will also
feature a one-time-only Fall Gala performance on Thursday,
September 19, featuring a world premiere ballet by the internationally-
acclaimed choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, among other
works. Additional Fall highlights will include an all-Balanchine
Black & White program including The Four Temperaments and
Symphony in Three Movements, as well an all-Balanchine Short
Stories program including Prodigal Son and Slaughter on Tenth
Avenue, and additional works by Jerome Robbins, Christopher
Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, and Mauro Bigonzetti.
New York City Ballet will open its annual engagement of George
Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ on November 29, and will continue
for 47 performances through January 4, 2014. 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. NYCB’s
acclaimed staging of the holiday classic is seen by more than
100,000 people annually and has been performed more than 2,000
times. The lavish production is performed by NYCB’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.
New York City Ballet’s Winter 2014 performances will kick off on
January 21 with an all-Balanchine program consisting of Concerto
Barocco, Kammermusik No. 2, and Who Cares? The opening week
will also feature NYCB’s annual birthday celebration for George
Balanchine, “Saturday at the Ballet with George,” on January 25,
featuring a day of all-Balanchine programming as well as free
pre- and post-performance events. The winter performances will
feature two world premieres, one by the young British choreographer
Liam Scarlett, his first for NYCB, and one by NYCB Ballet
Master in Chief Peter Martins, set to a commissioned score by the
acclaimed French composer Marc-André Dalbavie. Other highlights
will include the return of George Balanchine’s full-length Jewels,
which premiered in 1967 and is the first abstract full-length ballet
ever created, as well as NYCB’s beloved staging of Balanchine’s
full-length classic Coppélia, and additional works by Robbins,
Wheeldon, Preljocaj, and Bigonzetti.
New York City Ballet will begin Spring 2014 with a one-week
festival of 21st Century Choreographers featuring 11 ballets by 10
different choreographers—Mauro Bigonzetti, William Forsythe,
Peter Martins, Benjamin Millepied, Justin Peck, Angelin Preljocaj,
Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett, Richard Tanner, and Christopher
Wheeldon. NYCB’s 2014 Spring Gala on Thursday, May 8 will
feature a world premiere collaboration from choreographer and
NYCB Soloist, Justin Peck, and the acclaimed American singersongwriter,
Sufjan Stevens, who has been commissioned by NYCB
to write a new score for the ballet. Peck and Stevens previously
collaborated on the acclaimed Year of the Rabbit, which premiered
in 2012. Other highlights of the spring season include two
all-Balanchine programs and an all-Robbins program, as well
Balanchine’s full-length production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
which will close the spring with a week of performances.
Tickets on Sale Now
Subscription series packages for the 2013-14 Season
provide savings off of regular single ticket prices, and
are available through the NYCB subscription office at
212-496-0600 and online at nycballet.com. Single tickets
for 2013-14 repertory performances will go on sale
August 5 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.