Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief
New York City Ballet is one of the foremost dance companies in the world, with an unparalleled active repertory of more than 150 works — most of them created for NYCB — many of which are considered modern masterpieces. Established in 1948 by choreographer George Balanchine and arts aficionado Lincoln Kirstein, the Company quickly became known for its pure neo-classicism, resonating with modern audiences. Now under the direction of Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins and Executive Director Katherine Brown, the Company has over 90 dancers, a 62-member orchestra, an official school (the School of American Ballet), an institute for choreography (the New York Choreographic Institute), and an annual 21-week season in New York, the longest home season of any dance company in the world. Widely acknowledged for its enduring contributions to dance, NYCB is committed to promoting creative excellence and nurturing a new generation of dancers and choreographers.
Launched during the summer of 2011, New York City Ballet MOVES is composed of a select group of NYCB principal dancers, soloists, and corps de ballet members, as well as NYCB musicians, providing an opportunity to showcase the Company’s extraordinary artists and repertory for new audiences around the world.
This program of 21st-century choreography presents works from some of today’s leading choreographers. NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins’ living locomotive, Hallelujah Junction, and the Company’s first ballet by Resident Choreographer Justin Peck, the kaleidoscopic In Creases, are joined by Christopher Wheeldon’s heartfelt This Bitter Earth pas de deux and the varying emotions of Alexei Ratmansky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
“The general level of musical precision and sweeping physical freedom was scintillating, exhilarating, galvanizing.” —The New York Times
Scheduled to be performed:
Choreography by: Peter Martins
Music by: John Adams
This Bitter Earth
Choreography by: Christopher Wheeldon
Music by: Max Richter, Dinah Washington
Choreography by: George Balanchine
Music by: Maurice Ravel
Choreography by: Justin Peck
Music by: Philip Glass
Pictures at an Exhibition*
Choreography by: Alexei Ratmansky
Music by: Modest Mussorgsky
*Denotes live music
Program subject to change.
Photo Credit: Paul Kolnik