Date: 04/29/14 through 06/08/14
All Ages Address: David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center - 212-721-6500 nycballet.com
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. The season will open on Tuesday, April 29 with Barber Violin Concerto (Martins), This Bitter Earth (Wheeldon), Herman Schmerman Pas de Deux (Forsythe), and Namouna, A Grand Divertissement (Ratmansky). The festival will also include Year of the Rabbit (Peck), La Stravaganza (Preljocaj), DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse (Wheeldon), Vespro (Bigonzetti), Sonatas and Interludes (Tanner), Two Hearts (Millepied), and the winter premiere by Scarlett.
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 singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens, who NYCB has commissioned 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; the first, debuting on May 6, will feature Raymonda Variations, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Le Tombeau de Couperin, and Symphony in C; the second, debuting on May 14, will feature Robert Schumann’s “Davidsbündlertänze” and Union Jack. The spring will also include an all-Robbins program, consisting of Glass Pieces, Opus 19/The Dreamer, and The Concert, which will debut on May 9. Balanchine’s Jewels will also be performed, as well as his full-length production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will close the spring with a week of performances from June 3 through 8.