Designed by the renowned architect Philip Johnson especially for George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet, the theater is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest venues for dance performances. The New York State Theater was the second major venue to open at Lincoln Center, following Philharmonic Hall (now Avery Fisher Hall), which opened in 1962.
The 2013-2014 Season will feature 159 performances designed by NYCB's Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins to showcase the Company's vast and unparalleled repertory of music and dance. Highlights of the season will include world premiere ballets by Angelin Preljocaj, Liam Scarlett, Peter Martins, and Justin Peck, as well as two original scores commissioned by NYCB from Marc-Andr_ Dalbavie for the Martins premiere, and from Sufjan Stevens for the Peck premiere.
Other highlights of the season will include 23 works by Balanchine and 7 by NYCB Co-Founding Choreographer Jerome Robbins, as well as ballets by Mauro Bigonzetti, William Forsythe, Benjamin Millepied, Alexei Ratmansky, Richard Tanner, and Christopher Wheeldon; and additional works by Martins, Peck, and Preljocaj. The season will also feature an extraordinary array of musical scores by more than 40 different composers performed by the 62-piece New York City Ballet Orchestra.
New York City Ballet's Fall 2013 performances will open on September 17 with Peter Martins' full-length production of Swan Lake, set to Tschaikovsky's score and last performed by NYCB in the fall of 2011 to sold-out houses. The opening week will also feature a one-time-only Fall Gala performance on Thursday, September 19, featuring a world premiere ballet by the internationally- acclaimed choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, among other works. Additional Fall highlights will include an all-Balanchine Black & White program including The Four Temperaments and Symphony in Three Movements, as well an all-Balanchine Short Stories program including Prodigal Son and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, and additional works by Jerome Robbins, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, and Mauro Bigonzetti.
New York City Ballet will open its annual engagement of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker_Ê¢ on November 29, and will continue for 47 performances through January 4, 2014. Balanchine's beloved production, which premiered on February 2, 1954, at the City Center of Music and Drama in New York, helped to establish The Nutcracker and its score as perennial favorites in the United States. NYCB's acclaimed staging of the holiday classic is seen by more than 100,000 people annually and has been performed more than 2,000 times. The lavish production is performed by NYCB's entire roster of more than 150 dancers and musicians, as well as two alternating casts of 50 children from the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet.
New York City Ballet's Winter 2014 performances will kick off on January 21 with an all-Balanchine program consisting of Concerto Barocco, Kammermusik No. 2, and Who Cares? The opening week will also feature NYCB's annual birthday celebration for George Balanchine, "Saturday at the Ballet with George," on January 25, featuring a day of all-Balanchine programming as well as free pre- and post-performance events. The winter performances will feature two world premieres, one by the young British choreographer Liam Scarlett, his first for NYCB, and one by NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins, set to a commissioned score by the acclaimed French composer Marc-Andr_ Dalbavie. Other highlights will include the return of George Balanchine's full-length Jewels, which premiered in 1967 and is the first abstract full-length ballet ever created, as well as NYCB's beloved staging of Balanchine's full-length classic Copp_lia, and additional works by Robbins, Wheeldon, Preljocaj, and Bigonzetti.
New York City Ballet will begin Spring 2014 with a one-week festival of 21st Century Choreographers featuring 11 ballets by 10 different choreographers: Mauro Bigonzetti, William Forsythe, Peter Martins, Benjamin Millepied, Justin Peck, Angelin Preljocaj, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett, Richard Tanner, and Christopher Wheeldon. NYCB's 2014 Spring Gala on Thursday, May 8 will feature a world premiere collaboration from choreographer and NYCB Soloist, Justin Peck, and the acclaimed American singersongwriter, Sufjan Stevens, who has been commissioned by NYCB to write a new score for the ballet. Peck and Stevens previously collaborated on the acclaimed Year of the Rabbit, which premiered in 2012. Other highlights of the spring season include two all-Balanchine programs and an all-Robbins program, as well Balanchine's full-length production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which will close the spring with a week of performances.
Tickets on Sale Now
Subscription series packages for the 2013-14 Season provide savings off of regular single ticket prices, and are available through the NYCB subscription office at 212-496-0600 and online at nycballet.com. Single tickets for 2013-14 repertory performances will go on sale August 5 at the David H. Koch Theater Box Office, by phone at 212-496-0600, and online at nycballet.com. Single tickets for George Balanchine's The Nutcracker_Ê¢ will go on sale in September.