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New York City Ballet will open its Winter 2014 performances on Tuesday, January 21 with an all-Balanchine program consisting of Concerto Barocco, Kammermusik No. 2, and Who Cares?, with the second night of winter devoted to the return of Balanchine’s full-length Jewels, which will be performed for six performances.
The opening week will also feature NYCB’s annual birthday celebration for George Balanchine, “Saturday at the Ballet with George,” on January 25, which will feature a day of all-Balanchine programming at both the matinee and evening performances, as well as a series of free pre- and post-performance events at the David H. Koch Theater to honor the 110th anniversary of Balanchine’s birth. Balanchine, who co-founded NYCB with Lincoln Kirstein in 1948, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia on January 24, 1904.
Other highlights of winter include a World Premiere by the young British choreographer Liam Scarlett, which will premiere at the Company’s annual New Combinations Evening on January 31. A former dancer with The Royal Ballet, Scarlett made his first work for the British company in 2010, and in November 2012 was named the company’s Artist in Residence. In 2009, Scarlett participated in the autumn session of the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet, and his new work will be the first ballet he has created for NYCB. The score and additional information about the Scarlett premiere will be announced at a later date.
The second World Premiere of winter will be a new ballet by Peter Martins which will premiere as part of an evening of all-French music on February 21. Martins’ new ballet will be set to a commissioned score by the acclaimed French composer Marc-André Dalbavie, whose music Martins previously used for Mes Oiseaux, which premiered at NYCB’s 2012 Spring Gala. The other ballets on the French music program will include Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, set to a score by Debussy, and Balanchine’s’ La Valse, to the music of Ravel, and Walpurgisnacht Ballet, set to music by Gounod.
Other highlights of the winter include the return of George Balanchine’s full-length Jewels, which premiered in 1967 and is the first abstract full-length ballet ever created. Jewels consists of three sections -- Emeralds to the music of Fauré, Rubies to the music of Stravinsky, and Diamonds to the music of Tschaikovsky. The winter will also include NYCB’s beloved staging of the full-length classic Coppélia, which was created by Balanchine and Alexandra Danilova in 1974 to the score by Delibes.
Jewels will be performed six times beginning Wednesday, January 22 and Coppélia will also be performed six times beginning Friday, February 14. Other works returning to the repertory during Winter 2014 include Balanchine’s Union Jack and Stravinsky Violin Concerto, as well as Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering and The Four Seasons.