NEW YORK CITY BALLET
Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief
WORKS BY BALANCHINE, PECK & RATMANSKY (TUE./WED./SAT. EVES. & SUN. MAT.)
Square Dance (Vivaldi, Corelli/Balanchine)
A new work by Alexei Ratmansky
Tarantella (Gottschalk, orch. by Kay/Balanchine)
Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes (Copland/Peck)
WORKS BY BALANCHINE, PECK & WHEELDON (THU./FRI. EVES. & SAT. MAT.)
A new work by Justin Peck
The Four Temperaments (Hindemith/Balanchine)
American Rhapsody (Gershwin/Wheeldon)
with the New York City Ballet Orchestra
"A whirlwind of exhilaration… is any other ballet company as fit and athletic as this one?"
--The Washington Post
"The unequaled richness of City Ballet's repertory becomes the envy of the world."
--The New York Times
Critics are raving: New York City Ballet is performing at an incredible peak right now, with world-renowned dancers enriching an ever-expanding repertory created by today's most innovative choreographers. Through the Kennedy Center's unique relationship with the company, Washington audiences can experience major new NYCB commissions before others outside New York get to see them--and this season is no exception.
NYCB launches its annual engagement with a brand new work by Alexei Ratmansky (whose inventive Namouna, A Grand Divertissement was part of the company's 2014 performances) along with resident choreographer Justin Peck's 2015 Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes, which pairs a lone woman with 15 energetic and charming men performing to Aaron Copland's Americana score. Two classics by NYCB co-founder George Balanchine--the high-spirited Square Dance and the virtuosic pas de deux Tarantella--round out the eclectic first program.
The second program includes not one but two new productions: another exciting offering from Justin Peck, to be premiered in New York in the spring of 2017 and featuring a score by Sufjan Stevens, and American Rhapsody, created by Christopher Wheeldon and danced to George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Additionally, NYCB recalls its early years with Balanchine's The Four Temperaments, his classic evocation of the humours of the body.
Performance Timing: TBA