New York City Ballet Announces 2018–2019 Season, Including 2 Pieces From Justin Peck

Classic Arts News   New York City Ballet Announces 2018–2019 Season, Including 2 Pieces From Justin Peck
The lineup also includes a tribute to Jerome Robbins on the 100th anniversary of his birth.
Justin Peck
Justin Peck

New York City Ballet’s upcoming 2018–2019 season includes six world premiere pieces, including two works by NYCB Resident Choreographer Justin Peck. Peck made his Broadway debut this season, choreographing the new revival of Carousel. In total, the lineup features 65 ballets—nearly half from NYCB Co-Founder George Balanchine.

The four-week fall lineup begins with nine Balanchine pieces, including Jewels and the quadruple-bill of Concerto Carocco, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Symphony in C.

Choreographers Kyle Abraham and Matthew Neenan will make their NYCB debuts as part of the Company’s annual Fall Fashion Gala, premiering new works at the September 27 event alongside Gianna Reisen.

NYCB will celebrate both its 70th anniversary and the Jerome Robbins centennial October 11 with the Robbins Tribute, featuring his Afternoon of a Faun, Other Dances, and Moves. (Later this season, Warren Carlyle will present Something to Dance About, a tribute to Robbins’ Broadway work, which includes On the Town, West Side Story, and Peter Pan.)

The Winter Season kicks off January 22, 2019 (the 115th anniversary of Balanchine’s birth) with Stravinsky and Balanchine’s Greek Trilogy. The winter lineup also features January 31’s New Combinations Evening, highlighting world premiere ballets by Justin Peck and Emma Portner. Peck will also premiere a new piece May 2 as part of the annual Spring Gala.


The annual holiday engagement of Balanchine’s The Nutcracker will run November 23 through December 30. Additional season highlights include Peter Martins’ La Sylphide and The Sleeping Beauty and the October 14 farewell performance if NYCB Principal Dancer Joaquin De Luz.

Martins announced his retirement from NYCB in January after taking a leave of absence the month prior amid an investigation into sexual harassment and abuse allegations. The interim artistic management team is led by Ballet Master and former Principal Dancer Jonathan Stafford. While the majority of the new season had been determined by Martins, Stafford finalized pieces and oversees day-to-day artistic matters alongside Peck, Craig Hall, and Rebecca Krohn.

All performances will take place at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. Subscription sales begin April 16 before a general on-sale August 5.

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