"Architecture of Dance": NYCB's New Choreography and Music Festival Dances This Spring

Classic Arts Features   "Architecture of Dance": NYCB's New Choreography and Music Festival Dances This Spring
New York City Ballet will celebrate its 50th year at Lincoln Center with a May-June festival debuting new works from choreographers including Melissa Barak, Peter Martins, Wayne McGregor, Benjamin Millepied and Christopher Wheeldon.


In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, which has been New York City Ballet's home since 1964, for the 2010 Spring Season, NYCB will present an extraordinary festival of new music and choreography, featuring seven world premiere ballets and four commissioned scores. Since relocating to Lincoln Center from City Center, where NYCB was founded in 1948, the Company has premiered more than 300 original works, making NYCB by far the most prolific creator of new work at the performing arts complex.

The season will feature new works by choreographers Melissa Barak, Mauro Bigonzetti, Peter Martins, Wayne McGregor, Benjamin Millepied, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon. Original scores have been commissioned from Bruno Moretti, who will work with Bigonzetti, his long-time collaborator; French composer Thierry Escaich, who will work with Millepied; young American composer Jay Greenberg, who will create the score for the Barak ballet; and Esa-Pekka Salonen, who composed a violin concerto for Martins' ballet, which has been co-commissioned by NYCB, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where the score premiered in April.

A special feature of the spring season is a collaboration with the internationally acclaimed architect, engineer, and artist Santiago Calatrava who will collaborate with many of the choreographers on stage designs for their new ballets. Well known for his revolutionary designs for buildings, bridges, airports, and train stations, including the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in lower Manhattan, this will mark Calatrava's first foray into theatrical design, and is sure to be one of the most talked about events of the year.

For more information and to purchase tickets for New York City Ballet's 2010 Spring Season, visit nycballet.com.

World Premieres
Wednesday, May 5 at 7:30 pm: Alexei Ratmansky
Friday, May 14 at 8 pm: Wayne McGregor
Saturday, May 22 at 2 pm: Benjamin Millepied
Saturday, May 29 at 8 pm: Christopher Wheeldon
Saturday, June 5 at 8 pm: Melissa Barak
Thursday, June 10 at 8 pm: Mauro Bigonzetti
Tuesday, June 22 at 7:30 pm: Peter Martins

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