New York City Ballet is one of the world’s foremost dance companies with an unparalleled repertory of ballets including something for everyone. The Company was established in 1948 by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein and quickly became known for its pure neo-classicism. NYCB performs at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater, which was designed by Balanchine and Philip Johnson specifically for NYCB. The Company has nearly 100 dancers, a 62 member orchestra, and an annual 21-week season at Lincoln Center. With an energy that matches that of the bustling metropolis it calls home, it’s the quintessential NYC experience.
BALANCHINE + RATMANSKY I | APR 25, 29 mat & eve, MAY 3, 6 eve, 7 Balanchine’s effervescent classical wonder combining ensemble movements with virtuoso pas de deux meets Ratmansky’s monumental abstraction of composer Édouard Lalo’s comical 19th-century story ballet.
21ST CENTURY CHOREOGRAPHY I | MAY 2, 11, 13 eve, 17, 18 NYCB Resident Choreographer Justin Peck’s Partita, set to Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer Prize-winning a capella composition Partita for 8 Voices, joins the latest works from Gianna Reisen and Kyle Abraham.
21ST CENTURY CHOREOGRAPHY II | MAY 4 (Spring Gala at 7 PM), 6 mat, 9, 13 mat, 16 An audience favorite sneaker ballet set to an invigorating electronic score by Dan Deacon caps this program highlighting world premieres from Canadian choreographer Alysa Pires and Christopher Wheeldon, who returns to NYCB after recently directing and choreographing his second Broadway production.
MASTERS AT WORK: BALANCHINE & ROBBINS III | MAY 10, 23, 27 mat & eve Two plotless works from Balanchine evoke wildly contrasting atmospheres while a lighthearted period piece from Robbins presents a charming cast of characters.
NEW PECK | MAY 12, 14, 20 mat, 24, 25 Peck reimagines the composer’s renowned music in modern-day context for a contemporary dose of Americana.
BALANCHINE + RATMANSKY II | MAY 19, 20 eve, 21, 26, 28 Classical meets contemporary: Balanchine’s one-act adaptation of ballet's beloved classic precedes Alexei Ratmansky’s abstract embodiment of Wassily Kandinsky’s bold watercolors, which set the stage as projections behind the dancers.