On Tuesday 29 September at 8pm EDT, New York City Ballet will release an all-Balanchine programme of Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and “The Unanswered Question” from Ivesiana, with excerpts from Symphony in C, Liebeslieder Walzer, Episodes, and Stravinsky Violin Concerto.
Leading dancers include NYCB Principal Dancers Ashley Bouder, Sterling Hyltin, Maria Kowroski, Lauren Lovette, Sara Mearns, Tiler Peck, Teresa Reichlen, Jared Angle, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Joseph Gordon, Anthony Huxley, Ask la Cour, and Taylor Stanley, as well as former NYCB Principal Dancers Janie Taylor, Joaquin De Luz, and Jonathan Stafford, who is NYCB’s current Artistic Director.
The second programme, which premieres on Tuesday 6 October at 8pm EDT, will feature two works by George Balanchine: Kammermusik No. 2 (First Movement) and Movements for Piano and Orchestra; two works by Jerome Robbins: Opus 19/The Dreamer (First Movement) and Glass Pieces (Third Movement); as well as Chiaroscuro by Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Red Angels by Ulysses Dove.
The performances feature NYCB Principal Dancers Sara Mearns, Maria Kowroski, Teresa Reichlen, Jared Angle, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Gonzalo Garcia, Ask la Cour, and Andrew Veyette; NYCB Soloists Lauren King, Ashley Laracey, Unity Phelan, and Brittany Pollack; and former NYCB Principal Dancer Jennie Somogyi, former NYCB dancer Giovanni Villalobos, and former NYCB Soloist and current Resident Choreographer and Artistic Advisor Justin Peck.
On Saturday 10 October, at 2pm EDT, NYCB will release its first “family-friendly” matinée programme, which includes three ballets by Balanchine: Tarantella, with Megan Fairchild and Joaquin De Luz; the first movement of Western Symphony, led by Abi Stafford and Taylor Stanley; and Scherzo à la Russe, performed by then-apprentices Olivia Boisson and Claire Von Enck, along with dancers who were students at the School of American Ballet at the time of the recording.
Each program will be available to view on NYCB’s website and digital platforms for one week.
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