New York City Ballet 2016 – 2017 Season

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New York City Ballet  2016 – 2017 Season



New York City Ballet, one of the foremost dance companies in the world, is unique in American artistic history. Solely responsible for training its own artists and creating its own works, the New York City Ballet was the first ballet institution in the world with two permanent homes, the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York.

SEPT 20 – OCT 16

SEPT 20, 27, OCT 1 Eve, 5, 15 Mat

New Lopez Ochoa (World Premiere)

Choreography by: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Colombian-Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa has choreographed the world over, including our New York Choreographic Institute, and she returns in Fall 2016 to create her first ballet for NYCB.

Music by: Luigi Boccherini, Edward Elgar, and Peteris Vasks

New Lovette (World Premiere)

Choreography by: Lauren Lovette

NYCB’s newest female principal, Lauren Lovette takes on a new role in the rehearsal studio, choreographing her first work for the Company.

Music by: Robert Schumann

New Peck 1 (World Premiere)

Choreography by: Justin Peck

Critics and audiences respond to Justin Peck’s affinity for maneuvering multiple bodies on the stage, but in his fall premiere, he creates his first NYCB main stage ballet for just two dancers.

Music by: Bohuslav Martinů

New Walker (World Premiere)

Choreography by: Peter Walker

Corps de Ballet Member Peter Walker has caught the attention of dance enthusiasts for years in social media videos featuring his fellow dancers, and now he brings his choreographic talents from the screen to the stage.

Music by: Thomas Kikta


SEPT 22, 23, 24 EVE, 25

Choreography by: George Balanchine

A work of monumental scale with a magnificent finale, the five-part Vienna Waltzes is set in moonlit Austrian forests and the regal ballrooms of Vienna.

Music by: Johann Strauss II, Franz Lehár, Richard Strauss


SEPT 28, 30, OCT 1 Mat, 2

Choreography by: George Balanchine

Balanchine distilled the brilliant facets of precious stones into a grand display:Emeralds moves at Fauré’s mesmerizing pace, while Rubies races like lightning through Stravinsky’s jazz-inflected capriccio. With its symphonic Tschaikovsky score, Diamonds venerates the regality of Balanchine’s classical heritage.

Music by: Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky, and Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky

OCT 4, 6, 9, 16
FEB 21, 23, 25 Mat & Eve

Choreography by: Jerome Robbins

Expansive in scope and streamlined in style, Glass Pieces captures the pulsating heartbeat of metropolitan life with its charged, urban choreography, concluding in a finale that propels the corps de ballet across the stage at an electrifying pace.

Music by: Philip Glass

OCT 7, 8 Mat, 12

Choreography by: George Balanchine

The first ballet Balanchine choreographed in America is a romantic work of immense sweep, set to a transcendent Tschaikovsky score.

Music by: Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky

OCT 11, 13, 14, 15 Eve
JAN 17, 20, 21 Mat & Eve, 28 Mat, 29

Choreography by: George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins

Dressed in Chagall’s exquisite sets and costumes, Firebird illustrates an enchanting Russian fairytale and the fantastical creatures of its strange world.

Music by: Igor Stravinsky


Jan 17 – Feb 26


JAN 17, 20, 21 Mat & Eve, 28 Mat, 29

Choreography by: George Balanchine

The ultimate story of sin and redemption,Prodigal Son‘s powerful message, expressive score, and dramatic movement make it eternally impactful.

Music by: Sergei Prokofiev

JAN 18, 19, 25, 31, FEB 4 Mat, 5

Choreography by: George Balanchine, after Lev Ivanov

Distilling the classic story ballet Swan Lakeinto a drama-packed one-act work, Balanchine expertly depicts the rapture, heartache, and woe of two doomed lovers and the evil that thwarts their romance.

Music by: Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky

JAN 22, 24, 27, FEB 3

Choreography by: Jerome Robbins

The Cage plunges into the world of natural selection, using Stravinsky’s daring score to depict the feral instinct compelling the female of an insect species to consider its male counterpart as prey.

Music by: Igor Stravinsky

JAN 26, 28 Eve, FEB 1, 2, 4 Eve

Pontus Lidberg

A critically lauded choreographer and filmmaker hailing from Sweden, Pontus Lidberg often focuses on emotionally complex and psychological relationships, and Winter 2017 will see his first premiere for the Company.

Choreography by: Pontus Lidberg

New Peck 3

Taking a cue from Founding Choreographer Jerome Robbins, Peck’s Winter 2017 premiere will have his dancers trading their pointe shoes in for sneakers.

Choreography by: Justin Peck

FEB 8, 9, 10, 11 Mat & Eve, 12 Mat & Eve, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 Mat & Eve, 19

Choreography by: Peter Martins (after Marius Petipa); The Garland Dance choreographed by George Balanchine

Taking the stage around Valentine’s Day, this enchanting full-length is a cornerstone of the ballet repertory and one of NYCB’s grandest spectacles of classical dance. Featuring luxurious sets and costumes, Tschaikovsky’s glorious score, and a cast of fantastical characters, it’s the ultimate romantic fairytale.

Music by: Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky

FEB 21, 23, 25 Mat & Eve
APR 19, 20, 22 Mat

Choreography by: Jerome Robbins

A one-of-a-kind comedic ballet, The Concert portrays a cast of quirky characters at a piano recital and their laugh-out-loud antics.

Music by: Frédéric Chopin


Apr 18 – May 28


APR 18, 21, 22 Eve, 23

Choreography by: George Balanchine

A grand classical masterpiece, Symphony in C dazzles audiences with over 50 dancers covered in Swarovski elements and a spectacular finale uniting the entire cast.

Music by: Georges Bizet


APR 25, 28, 29 Eve

Choreography by: Christopher Wheeldon

Regarded as one of Wheeldon’s breakthrough contemporary works,Polyphonia‘s four couples wind their way through ten eerily melodious Ligeti selections.

Music by: György Ligeti


APR 27, 30, MAY 3

Choreography by: Alexei Ratmansky

A truly monumental work, Ratmansky abstracts Édouard Lalo’s comical 19th-century story ballet into a stylized series of witty and animated dances for seven featured performers and a large ensemble.

Music by: Édouard Lalo


MAY 4, 6 Mat & Eve, 7, 12, 14, 18, 20 Eve

New Peck 4

Choreography by: Justin Peck

Building on an already popular partnership, indie singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens will craft a new score for Peck’s Spring 2017 premiere, their third NYCB collaboration following Year of the Rabbit(2012) and Everywhere We Go (2014).

Music by: Sufjan Stevens

New Ratmansky

Choreography by: Alexei Ratmansky

Critics have acclaimed Alexei Ratmansky’s NYCB works as resounding hits and in Spring 2017 he’ll be inspired again by the Company’s versatile dancers.


MAY 10, 13 Mat

Choreography by: Justin Peck

Set to an orchestration of Sufjan Stevens’ 2002 electronica album Enjoy Your Rabbit, Justin Peck’s acclaimed Year of the Rabbithighlights its corps de ballet as they form intricate and architectural patterns that envelope its featured dancers.

Music by: Sufjan Stevens


MAY 16, 20 Mat, 21

Choreography by: Ulysses Dove

A dynamically charged, abstract work, Red Angels highlights the power and athleticism of its four dancers through bold choreography, intense lighting, and a riveting score for electric violin.

Music by: Richard Einhorn


MAY 23–28

Choreography by: George Balanchine

Enter the enchanted land of Shakespeare’sA Midsummer Night’s Dream, a lush forest besieged by quixotic love triangles and feuding fairy kingdoms, awash with magic at every turn.

Music by: Felix Mendelssohn


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