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New York City Ballet are offering a host of programmes - both repertory and special events - with each programme being available free-of-charge for 72 hours on NYCB’s YouTube channelFacebook page, and website home page ... .... Core Company rep (e.g., Balanchine/Robbins) will be on Tuesdays and new choreographers (e.g., Peck, Wheeldon, etc.) will be on Fridays.  

 

The first instalment on Tuesday 21 April, will feature a performance of George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante that was filmed on 18 January 2017, featuring Tiler Peck and Andrew Veyette in the principal roles, with an introduction by Stafford.

 

The second night of programming on Friday 24 April will feature the World Premiere performance of Justin Peck’s Rotunda, which took place on 26 February 2020, set to a commissioned score by composer Nico Muhly. 

 

 

Additional repertory for the digital season will feature performances by all of the Company’s current roster of Principal Dancers in works by choreographers Kyle Abraham, Mauro Bigonzetti, Alexei Ratmansky, Gianna Reisen, Pam Tanowitz, and Christopher Wheeldon.

 

Tuesday, April 27
George Balanchine’s Apollo, filmed on January 22, 2019.
Featuring Taylor Stanley, Tiler Peck, Brittany Pollack, and Indiana Woodward. Introduced by Ballet Master Craig Hall.

Friday, May 1
George Balanchine’s Ballo Della Regina, filmed on May 12, 2016, and Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain Pas de Deux, filmed on October 9, 2012.
Featuring Megan Fairchild and Anthony Huxley in Ballo Della Regina and Wendy Whelan and Craig Hall in After the Rain Pas de Deux. Introduced by Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan.

 

For updates on programming visit nycballet.com/digitalspring throughout the course of the six-week season.

 

People on this forum have often expressed their disappointment at not being able to see NYCB and/or Balanchine, so it's good to have the opportunity.

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I imagine this is 3pm?

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I imagine this is 3pm?

 

8 pm Eastern Time. = 1 am British Time, but up for three days.

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More from NYCB to come --- 

 

Tuesday, May 5: NYCB Performance
Rubies
Music by Igor Stravinsky Choreography by George Balanchine
PRINCIPAL CASTING: Megan Fairchild, Gonzalo Garcia, *Mira Nadon (*first time in role)
with the NYCB Orchestra,
Conductor: Andrew Litton, NYCB Music Director Solo Piano: Stephen Gosling
Filmed on September 19, 2019, David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Introduction by Andrew Litton, NYCB Music Director


Friday, May 8: NYCB Performance
Concerto DSCH
Music by Dmitri Shostakovich Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky
PRINCIPAL CASTING: Sara Mearns, Tyler Angle, Ashley Bouder, Gonzalo Garcia, Joaquin De Luz
With the NYCB Orchestra
Conductor: Andrews Sill, NYCB Associate Music Director Solo Piano: Susan Walters
Filmed on October 5, 2018, David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Introduction by Alexei Ratmansky, choreographer

 

Also Patricia McBride on the 4th May Rubies Podcast ... unmissable ... 

 

https://www.nycballet.com/NYCB/media/NYCBMediaLibrary/PDFs/Press/NYCB-Digital-Season_May-4-10-2020.pdf

 

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I think we're getting enough feedback on this thread to justify starting a "Performances" discussion, so I've moved a lot of the posts out to this new thread:

 

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Week 4 of NYCB digital spring season announced:

 

Tuesday, May 12
Jerome Robbins' "Spring" from The Four Seasons. Filmed on May 3, 2018, featuring Sara Mearns and Tyler Angle.
George Balanchine's "Theme and Variations" from Divertimento No. 15, filmed on September 22, 2016, featuring Lauren King, Sterling Hyltin, Ana Sophia Scheller, Abi Stafford, Tiler Peck*, Andrew Veyette, Daniel Applebaum, and Andrew Scordato* (*first time in a role).
Jerome Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun, filmed on October 11, 2018, featuring Sterling Hyltin and Joseph Gordon* (*first time in a role).
George Balanchine's "Rondo" from Western Symphony. Filmed on May 9, 2019, featuring Teresa Reichlen and Roman Mejia*, with Lauren King, Taylor Stanley, Megan Fairchild, and Jared Angle (*first time in a role)
Introduced by Principal Dancer Sterling Hyltin.

Friday, May 15
Justin Peck’s Pulcinella Variations. Filmed on October 5, 2018, featuring Sterling Hyltin, Miriam Miller, Tiler Peck, Emilie Gerrity, Indiana Woodward, Russell Janzen, Andrew Scordato, Gonzalo Garcia, Anthony Huxley.
Introduced by NYCB Resident Choreographer and Artistic Advisor Justin Peck. 

 

So pleased that BcoF members are getting to see another Peck ballet.  I enjoyed Pulcinella Variations .... Glad too that you will finally get a peek at Roman Mejia - a young dancer of great promise.  Also the Divertimento segment is one of my all time favourites - plus these programmes allow two more chances to see the ever glorious Tiler Peck.  

I'm sure the variety format of the Tuesday bill has been developed to (a) show the enormous range of works of both Robbins and Balanchine in the Company's rep, (b) show a range of dancers who may well be unknown to many viewers who do not have a chance to see NYCB live and hopefully in this way build a larger digital audience and (c) encourage a greater number of those familiar with the Company to watch and pitch in with their support - so crucial at this particular point of time.  

 

Here is some flash footage - but one minute - of Joseph Gordon's debut in Robbin's Faun with Sterling Hyltin such as you will see on Tuesday, 12th May:-

 

 

Here is Tiler Peck in a Divertmento (Balanchine) taster - 

 

 

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For those who may be interested here is the full account of Balanchine's Divermento No. 15 - with Tiler Peck in the Patricia Wilde role.  Balanchine certainly helps you to 'see' the Mozart while hearing the dance.

 

 

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The Next Chapter in the NYCB archival releases ...

 

Tuesday, May 19: NYCB Performance

 

Diamonds

Music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky Choreography by George Balanchine

PRINCIPAL CASTING: Sara Mearns and Russell Janzen
with the NYCB Orchestra, Conductor: Andrew Litton, NYCB Music Director Filmed on September 19, 2019, David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Introduction by Wendy Whelan, NYCB Associate Artistic Director

 

Friday, May 22: NYCB Performance

 

Liturgy

Music by Arvo Pärt

Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon

PRINCIPAL CASTING: Maria Kowroski and Jared Angle

with the NYCB Orchestra,
Conductor: Andrew Litton, NYCB Music Director; Solo Violin: Kurt Nikkanen, NYCB Concertmaster

Filmed on April 25, 2017, David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center

 

Carousel (A Dance)
Music by Richard Rodgers

Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon

PRINCIPAL CASTING: Lauren Lovette and Tyler Angle with Emilie Gerrity, Peter Walker, Kristen Segin, and Ralph Ippolito

with the NYCB Orchestra,
Conductor: Daniel Capps, NYCB Resident Conductor

Filmed on September 29, 2018, David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Introduction by Christopher Wheeldon, choreographer

 

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Next Week sees the sixth and final week of programming of New York City Ballet (NYCB)'s  six-week digital spring season.

On Tuesday 26 May at 8pm EDT, NYCB will release Balanchine's  Donizetti Variations with Ashley Bouder and Andrew Veyette.

 

On Friday 29 May, there will be a mixed programme of Justin Peck’s Easy, set to music by Leonard Bernstein, along with excerpts from six other ballets:

 

These include -

 

Pam Tanowitz’ Bartók Ballether first work for NYCB, featuring Indiana Woodward in the 2019 world premiere performance

Alexei Ratmansky's  Voiceshis latest work for NYCB, featuring Lauren Lovette in the 2020 world premiere performance

Gianna Reisen’s Composer’s Holiday, her first (2017) work for NYCB as the youngest choreographer commissioned in NYCB’s history

Kyle Abraham’s The Runawayhis first work for NYCB, featuring Taylor Stanley, who received a 2019 Bessie Award for this role

Justin Peck’s The Times Are Racing, featuring Peck and Robert Fairchild in the 2017 world premiere performance

Mauro Bigonzetti's Oltremare, set to a commissioned score by Bruno Moretti

 

The original NYCB promo video for The Times are Racing with the choreographer and R Fairchild (then a NYCB principal) can be seen here.  

 

NYCB has officially announced today that its Saratoga 2020 Summer Season has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus.  

 

 

 

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Perhaps it is because of the upcoming Speilberg film of West Side Story - for which Justin Peck has done the choreography - that NYCB have chosen two of his sneaker ballets for the last programmed bill (as noted above) of their Digital Spring Season.  You can see a promo for Easy here.  It was created for the Robbins' Centennial.  

 

Also the intros will be done by NYCB veteran (and SAB Chair) Kay Mazzo for 26.05.20 and Justin Peck again for the final 29.05.20 showing.  

 

 

 

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I just can’t believe they are re-making WSS.  Is it based on the recent Broadway version?

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No, the choreography for that revival was made by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker

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59 minutes ago, Sim said:

I just can’t believe they are re-making WSS.  Is it based on the recent Broadway version?

 

Agree with you, Sim.  They will have a lot to live up to.  I'm sure Justin Peck must feel the same.  It will be really interesting to see the results.  

 

See someone caught some of the filming on their phone here.  

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Perhaps it is because of the upcoming Speilberg film of West Side Story - for which Justin Peck has done the choreography - that NYCB have chosen two of his sneaker ballets for the last programmed bill (as noted above) of their Digital Spring Season.  You can see a promo for Easy here.  It was created for the Robbins' Centennial.  

 

Also the intros will be done by NYCB veteran (and SAB Chair) Kay Mazzo for 26.05.20 and Justin Peck again for the final 29.05.20 showing.  

 

 

 

 

Make that three Justin Peck sneaker ballets streamed within two weeks, as San Fco Ballet is currently streaming Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. Not my cup of tea but it is what it is. If that’s what it takes to bring in new audiences, so be it. The only time I’ve walked out of the theatre in the middle of a ballet, it was at The Times are Racing at the Kennedy Center...mostly due to the ridiculously loud “music” that hurt my ears. Really ugly street “costumes,” too. (At least Easy and Hurry Up have bright, light costumes.)

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This - although not officially part of the NYCB Digital Spring Programme - certainly sounds intriguing ... When due the associated MetLiveArts link is here ... 

 

Digital Premiere—
Silas Farley: Songs from the Spirit

SATURDAY / 6 JUNE 
7:30–8:30 P.M. EST (11.30 PM - 12.30 PM GMT)
 
 

According to The New Yorker, last spring, the New York City Ballet (NYCB) dancer and choreographer Silas Farley took a walk through The Met galleries "in the hope that the muse—Terpsichore, specifically—might strike." She did. The result is Songs from the Spirit, a MetLiveArts commission inspired by The Met collection.

 

Farley brings fellow members of the NYCB—and the audience—on a journey led by traditional spirituals and new songs created by current inmates at San Quentin State Prison who, through the podcast Ear Hustle, contribute music for the performance, offering a nuanced view of an exiled population, and the irrepressible human drive to create.

 

Silas Farley, choreographer and dancer
Cassia Farley, Rachel Hutsell, James Shee, Taylor Stanley, Claire Kretzschmar,
and Alizah Wilson, dancers
Kelly Griffin, soprano
Robert May, tenor

 

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The Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts of the 1978 NYCB Coppelia and the 1983 Tribute to Balanchine (with NYCB in Mozartiana, Who Cares? and Vienna Waltzes) have lately been re-scheduled for Monday, 22nd June and 29th June, respectively, at 8:00 PM eastern time (01.00 GMT):

 

http://lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home/series/live-from-lincoln-center

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The presentation of Silas Farley: Songs from the Spirit, a contemporary dance piece presented at New York's Metropolitan Museum with some dancers from NYCB including prinicpal Taylor Stanley and as noted above, can be seen here:

 

 

Silas Farley is a corps dancer with NYCB, joining in 2013.  There is a small article by him in Dance Magazine here.  He first discovered dance at his family's church. 

 

"For me, dance was worship before it was performance."

 

The umbrella programme at the Metropolitan Museum within which this piece was presented was called: 'Dancing About Freedom'.  

 

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1 hour ago, Bruce Wall said:

Silas Farley is a corps dancer with NYCB, joining in 2013.  There is a small article by him in Dance Magazine here.  He first discovered dance at his family's church. 

 

"For me, dance was worship before it was performance."

 

 

I couldn't find the article from the link so I am posting it here. It's a couple of great interviews, thank you Bruce

https://www.dancemagazine.com/u/silasfarley

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It has today been reported that NYCB has cancelled their Fall (Autumn) Season as well as The Nutcracker season.  

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From the NYCB cancellation PR ... (This will make some smile I'm sure ... Not the real thing I realise ... but certainly better than nothing ...  for which keen thanks ... )  

 

"As the Company did during the recently cancelled 2020 Spring Season, New York City Ballet plans to present digital offerings during the period of time when live performances will not be possible."

 

Here is the official notice to NYCB subscribers - 

 

 

Dear Friends,

 

Earlier today, you may have read the disappointing news regarding the cancellation of our Fall 2020 repertory performances and our annual run of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. As difficult as this news is, our foremost concern throughout the pandemic has and continues to be the health and safety of our artists, staff, and audiences. Based on advice and guidelines from government officials and medical professionals, it became clear that it would not be safe through the end of the year for large groups to gather or for our artists to rehearse and interact as they would need to in order to present live performances.

 

We remain optimistic that we will be returning to the stage in the winter and will be in touch as soon as is possible to share a season announcement and information regarding how to renew your subscription. As a member of the NYCB subscriber family, please be assured that you will continue to enjoy priority access to our performances before the general public.

 

Many of you joined us for our Digital Spring Season, and it is our hope to continue providing opportunities to enjoy the Company in this same way in the coming months. In the interim, you’ll find daily posts on our social channels – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube – to keep you connected with our dancers, musicians, and repertory during our hiatus from the stage.

 

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate this landscape and, even more so, thank you for the immeasurable care you have shown the Company through well wishes, financial support, and affirmations of the importance of NYCB in your lives. We continue to look forward to the time when we can welcome you safely back to our Lincoln Center home.


Warmest regards,

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Katherine E. Brown
Executive Director

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Jonathan Stafford
Artistic Director

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Wendy Whelan
Associate Artistic Director

 
  • Here is the FULL Press Release which gives further information ...

 

Press release:

 

NEW YORK CITY BALLET
CANCELS TEN WEEKS OF PERFORMANCES INCLUDING 2020 FALL SEASON
AND ANNUAL ENGAGEMENT OF 
GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER®

 

New York City Ballet today announced the cancellation of its 2020 Fall Season which was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 22 and continue for four weeks, through Sunday, October 18, at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. NYCB has also cancelled its 2020-21 engagement of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, which was scheduled to take place from Friday, November 27 through Sunday, January 3.

The announcement was made by NYCB Executive Director Katherine Brown and Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford. “We are devasted to cancel another ten weeks of performances, including New York City Ballet’s annual fall season and beloved holiday performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®,” said Brown and Stafford. “However, the health and safety of our artists, staff, and audiences is our number one priority during the ongoing pandemic. Based on advice and guidelines from government officials and medical professionals, it has become clear that it will not be safe through the end of the year for large groups to gather safely indoors and for our artists to rehearse and interact as they would need to in order to present live performances,” said Brown and Stafford.

 

The Company’s 2020 Fall Season would also have marked the first performances programmed by NYCB’s new artistic leadership team of Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford, Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan, and Resident Choreographer and Artistic Advisor Justin Peck.

“We were very excited to present our first season of programming and we are heartbroken that several exciting new works as well as the extraordinary ballets of our co-founders, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, can no longer take place this fall,” said Whelan, who spearheads the Company’s artistic programming efforts. “I am especially disappointed that new commissions from choreographers Sidra Bell and Andrea Miller, both of whom were scheduled to make their first-ever works for NYCB for the fall gala, will not take place as planned. However, I am thrilled that Sidra and Andrea have agreed to return for our 2021 Fall Season, and I can’t wait to have these remarkable women in NYCB’s rehearsal studios creating new work with our beautiful dancers.”

 

“The cancellation of The Nutcracker is particularly difficult for me,” said Stafford. “It is obviously extremely important financially, but this great masterpiece also provides a vital introduction to ballet for thousands of children each year.” In addition to the countless children who see this holiday classic with their families and the hundreds of NYCB public school students who attend one of two free matinees as part of NYCB’s School Programs, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® also provides the first on-stage experiences for more than 100 young students from the School of American Ballet who perform in the ballet each season. “It is tremendously disheartening that so many young people will not have these experiences this year,” said Stafford who is the Artistic Director of both NYCB and the School of American Ballet.

 

NYCB hopes to resume performances at Lincoln Center with its 2021 Winter Season, which is scheduled to begin a six-week run on Tuesday, January 19. As the Company did during the recently cancelled 2020 Spring Season, New York City Ballet plans to present digital offerings during the period of time when live performances will not be possible.

 

NYCB has also created a special Relief Fund for patrons who would like to support the Company and help to sustain NYCB through the very challenging days of the COVID-19 crisis. Contributions can be made at nycballet.com/donate or by texting the word BALLET to 31966. All contributions to NYCB’s Relief Fund are 100% tax deductible and will be matched one to one by an anonymous donor (up to $250,000) through June 30.

 

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4 hours ago, Bruce Wall said:

It has today been reported that NYCB has cancelled their Fall (Autumn) Season as well as The Nutcracker season.  

 

Sad news, Bruce. I’m wondering if other major “crowd seasonal events” in NYC will also be cancelled, such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade or New Years Eve at Times Square? Not to mention possible cancellation of other Nutcrackers around the country...at least those in major cities on the two coasts. Sigh.

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6 hours ago, Jeannette said:

 

Sad news, Bruce. I’m wondering if other major “crowd seasonal events” in NYC will also be cancelled, such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade or New Years Eve at Times Square? Not to mention possible cancellation of other Nutcrackers around the country...at least those in major cities on the two coasts. Sigh.

 

I really don't know, Jeannette.  I'm sure things will be announced in good time.

 

Following on from NYCB's notification of yesterday, it is not at all surprising that ABT have now cancelled their Fall/Autumn season at the NY State Theater (now known as the Koch Theater).  That will leave the building standing empty - certainly in terms of the performance space until 2021.  The safety of the patrons and professional participants is rightly key - as well it should be.  They too are developing 'digital opportunities' and - interestingly - 'outdoor activities' where personal safety can better be addressed if not entirely assured.  

 

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE TO CANCEL 2020 FALL SEASON AT DAVID H. KOCH THEATER

 

Due to ongoing concerns relating to COVID-19, American Ballet Theatre announced the cancellation of its 2020 Fall season at the David H. Koch Theater, originally planned for October 21 November 1, 2020. The cancellation was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie and Executive Director Kara Medoff Barnett.

 

We had planned a robust season of new work and beloved ballets from our historical repertoire in honor of ABT’s 80th Anniversary, and it is deeply disappointing not to be able to train, rehearse, create and perform,” said Kevin McKenzie, ABT Artistic Director. “We eagerly look forward to a time when it is safe for us all to come together again.”

 

“The past few months have been a time of adapting, experimenting and learning,” said Kara Medoff Barnett. “The health and safety of our artists, staff and audiences are our highest priority. We are committed to continuing to create through this crisis, and we are exploring a range of outdoor and digital opportunities. While we cannot gather large groups in traditional venues, we can find new ways to deliver on our mission of reaching the widest possible audience, increasing access to the art form of ballet and the inspiring artists of American Ballet Theatre. Without ticket sales or touring fees available to support our business model, we are grateful to our generous sponsors, donors and fans everywhere for their steadfast support through this turbulent time.”

 

For more information on American Ballet Theatre, please visit www.abt.org.

 

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More sighing, Bruce. I’m wondering if, by “more digital opportunities,” ABT will finally be streaming archived films of recent performances (past 5 or 6 years)? Performances at the Met (opera or guests like ABT) are filmed from a spot in grand tier center, I was informed by a NY-based friend who regularly attends shows there.    

 

We know about the digital facilities at the Koch, NYCB’s home, but not sure if visiting troupes automatically have their shows filmed.

 

We’ll just have to wait and see what ABT can and will make available. So far it’s been only tiny rehearsal clips or stay-at-home montages from kitchens and basements from them.

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 New York City Ballet: All Balanchine Program - 8 pm EDT / 1 am UK Time - Monday, 22nd June - available through 6th August - Lincoln Center at Home offers a treasure from its archives: a collection of New York City Ballet performances of dances by George Balanchine. On the program are three selections from a 2004 broadcast on the occasion of the choreographer’s centennial: Wendy Whelan and Damian Woetzel in the fourth movement of Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet; Maria Kowroski, Rachel Rutherford and James Fayette in Concerto Barocco; and Alexandra Ansanelli and Nilas Martins in the The Man I Love pas de deux from Who Cares? Also featured is the third act from the 1978 Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of Balanchine and Alexandra Danilova’s reconstruction and expansion of the 19th-century comic ballet Coppélia, a tale of mechanical dolls inspired by stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann and set to music by Léo Delibes. The performance stars Patricia McBride and Helgi Tomasson, the original leading dancers of the ballet’s 1974 premiere ... Introduced by NYCB Associate Artistic Director, Wendy Whelan.  

 

 

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New York City Ballet: Tribute to Balanchine - Monday 8pm EDT / 1am UK Time (through July 14) - Lincoln Center at Home continues its Dance Week. Broadcast on Live from Lincoln Center in 1983, New York City Ballet celebrates the legacy of its cofounder, George Balanchine, who had died a few months earlier. The programs includes three of the master’s ballets: Vienna Waltzes, set to music by Johann Strauss II, Franz Lehar and Richard Strauss; Mozartiana, set to music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky; and Who Cares?, set to music by George Gershwin.  

 

 

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Here is the official link to the above released by LIncoln Center with a fetching introduction by Jonathan Stafford, Artistic Director of the NYCB.  It will remain current as noted through Bastille Day.  It has many assets - not least of which is Suzanne Farrell's luxuriant back.  For me at least when watching those roles she created and that I was fortunate enough to see her in any number of times - (in this instance, the last movement of Vienna Waltzes and Mozariana) - that shadow - even today - remains current.  In and of itself it remains a poignant prayer that Balanchine understandably wanted to (and did so magnificently) celebrate.   It also happily does homage to the magic of the late Sean Lavery pictured below with the very fine Kyra Nichols as well as to the stunning memory of the divine Karin von Aroldingen.

 

 

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2 hours ago, bangorballetboy said:

 

It's American for "until Bastille Day [14 July]".

 

 

Thanks for the clarification, bangorballetboy.  Much appreciated..  As it happens to be my birthday ... it's one date I DO remember :)

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