New York Metropolis Ballet (NYCB)’s 2022 Spring Season will open on Tuesday, April 19, with a program that includes two works by the Firm’s Co-Founding Choreographers – Serenade by George Balanchine and The Goldberg Variations by Jerome Robbins. The season will proceed for six weeks, by means of Sunday, Might 29, on the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Heart.
The centerpiece of the season will likely be a two-week celebration of the 50th anniversary of NYCB’s legendary 1972 Stravinsky Competition, which is able to happen from Might 3 by means of Might 15, and have 14 ballets to Stravinsky’s music, in addition to two orchestral works carried out by the New York Metropolis Ballet Orchestra led by the Firm’s Music Director Andrew Litton.
The Stravinsky anniversary celebration may even function a world premiere ballet created in tribute to Stravinsky and Balanchine’s landmark works by former NYCB dancer Silas Farley, which is able to premiere on Might 5, as a part of the Firm’s annual Spring Gala. This would be the first piece that Farley, who's now the Dean of the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute on the Colburn College in Los Angeles, has created for NYCB, and the ballet will function 16 dancers with costumes by Cassia Farley and lighting by Mark Stanley.
The rating for the brand new ballet has been commissioned from composer and author David Ok. Israel who all through his profession has labored with such artists as Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp, amongst many others. Israel’s rating for the brand new ballet relies on a 1946 musical alternate between Balanchine and Stravinsky, by which Balanchine wrote an acrostic poem in Russian as a present for Stravinsky’s 65th birthday and set it to a easy melody. Stravinsky then harmonized the melody as a gesture of gratitude for Balanchine.
The title of the brand new work is Architects of Time, which is taken from a quote that Farley and Israel heard within the documentary movie, In Balanchine’s Classroom, by which the choreographer stated, “Composer is architect of time, and now we have to bop to it.”
The Spring Gala efficiency may even function three further works, all of which premiered through the 1972 Stravinsky Competition: Balanchine’s Scherzo à la Russe and Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Robbins’ Circus Polka, which is able to function 48 college students from the College of American Ballet. The Might 5 gala night will likely be chaired by Diana L. Taylor, Chair of the NYCB Board of Administrators, and Liz and Jeff Peek, the President of the NYCB Board of Administrators.
The 2-week Stravinsky Competition may even function performances of Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Actions, Duo Concertant and “Divertimento” from Le Baiser de la Fée, all of which had been created for the 1972 Stravinsky Competition, in addition to Agon, Apollo, Orpheus, Firebird and Rubies; Robbins’ The Cage; and Justin Peck’s Pulcinella Variations and Scherzo Fantastique.
The Stravinsky Competition may even function the NYCB Orchestra performing two scores by the composer – Fireworks and Suite No. 2 for Small Orchestra.
NYCB’s landmark 1972 Stravinsky Competition, which happened one yr after Stravinsky’s loss of life, was deliberate by Balanchine as a celebration of Stravinsky’s 90th birthday. The composer was Balanchine’s principal musical collaborator from the time they first met in 1925. The 1972 Stravinsky Competition happened over the course of 1 week, June 18–25, 1972, with seven performances devoted completely to the composer’s works that includes 30 ballets, together with 20 world premieres, and an extra 4 Stravinsky scores carried out by the NYCB Orchestra.
The 2022 Spring Season may even function the world premiere of a brand new work by Pam Tanowitz, the New York-based choreographer and founding father of Pam Tanowitz Dance, who will likely be making her third authentic work for NYCB.
The brand new Tanowitz ballet, which is able to premiere on April 22, will likely be set to “Regulation of Mosaics”, by composer, singer, bandleader, recording artist and two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for music Ted Hearne. For all Spring Season performances of the brand new Tanowitz ballet, the NYCB Orchestra will likely be performed by Hearne as they carry out his rating, which has additionally been carried out by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic. The ballet may even function costumes by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung, and lighting by Brandon Stirling Baker.
The identical efficiency may even embrace the NYCB Premiere of Tanowitz’s Gustave Le Grey No. 1, a quartet that was initially created in 2019 for “Ballet Throughout America” on the Kennedy Heart and featured dancers from Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) and Miami Metropolis Ballet. For the NYCB premiere of Gustave Le Grey No. 1, which is ready to music by Caroline Shaw carried out by an on-stage pianist, the work will likely be carried out by two dancers from NYCB and two visitor dancers from DTH who will seem with NYCB for the primary three performances (April 22, 23, and 24) of Gustave Le Grey No. 1.
This program may even embrace two current premieres from the 2022 Winter Season: Justin Peck’s Partita, set to Shaw’s Pulitzer-Prize successful rating Partita for Eight Voices, with units designed by Eva LeWitt, costumes designed by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung, and lighting designed by Brandon Stirling Baker; and Jamar Roberts’ Emanon – In Two Actions, set to music by composer Wayne Shorter, with costumes designed by Jermaine Terry, and set and lighting design by Brandon Stirling Baker.
LeWitt may even lengthen her stage designs for Partita to create further site-specific sculptures that will likely be put in on the theater’s Promenade for the re-launch of NYCB Artwork Sequence, which returns this spring. Since 2013, NYCB Artwork Sequence has featured acclaimed site-specific installations by artists FAILE (2013), JR (2014), Dustin Yellin (2015), Marcel Dzama (2016), Santtu Mustonen (2017), Jihan Zencirli (aka Geronimo) (2018), Shantell Martin (2019) and Lauren Redniss (2020), and has been a strong automobile for attracting new audiences to the Firm’s performances.
Different Spring Season highlights will embrace Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, The 4 Seasons and Piano Items, final carried out by NYCB in 2008. The season may even function Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, The 4 Temperaments, Divertimento No. 15 and the full-length A Midsummer Night time’s Dream which is able to shut the season with 10 performances from Might 21-29.
The ultimate efficiency of A Midsummer Night time’s Dream on Might 29, at 3pm, may even be the farewell efficiency for Principal Dancer Amar Ramasar, who will dance the Divertissement within the ballet’s second act to conclude his profession with NYCB which started in 2001.
This spring, NYCB may even current a collection of public applications for each kids and adults designed to present viewers a more in-depth have a look at the Firm’s repertory and artists.
These applications will embrace a particular Inside NYCB presentation exploring the music of Stravinsky and the composer’s historic relationship with Balanchine and NYCB. The presentation will likely be hosted by NYCB Principal Dancer Russell Janzen and happen on Might 16, at 6:30pm, on the David H. Koch Theater.
On Might 28, at 11am, the Firm will current a Household Saturdays program hosted by NYCB Principal Dancer Megan Fairchild, who can be the Artistic Director for NYCB’s Household Saturdays programming. For this presentation, Fairchild will discover the choreography for Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night time’s Dream in a one-hour interactive program that includes the Firm’s dancers and members of the NYCB Orchestra onstage on the David H. Koch Theater. NYCB’s Household Saturdays applications are designed for households with kids ages 5 and older.
The season may even embrace a collection of in-person motion workshops held in NYCB’s rehearsal studios at Lincoln Heart. These will embrace Youngsters’s Workshops for youngsters ages 5 to seven on Might 21 at 12:30pm, and Might 22 at 1:30pm; In Movement Workshops for youngsters ages eight to 12 on Might 22 at 1:30pm; and Ballet Necessities for teenagers and adults on April 25 at 6:30pm, and Might 21 at 10:30am. NYCB may even proceed to current its digital on-line Ballet Necessities workshops for teenagers and adults on April 18 at 6:30pm; and on-line Entry Workshops for teenagers and adults with disabilities on Might 2 and 9 from 6pm to 7pm. All workshops, each in-person and digital, are led by NYCB dancers and embrace a ballet warm-up and motion combos impressed by NYCB’s repertory. The workshops are open to all and there's no prior dance coaching required.
For extra info on NYCB’s upcoming public applications together with dates, instances, location, pricing and COVID-19 security protocols for every occasion, go to www.nycballet.com/publicprograms or www.nycballet.com/educate/virtual-programs.