LIVE FROM "THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF" LINCOLN CENTER PRESENTS
"New York City Ballet in Peter Martins' Romeo + Juliet"
Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. on PBS*
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-Tune in to PBS on Thursday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m.*
for the first Live From "the 50th Anniversary of" Lincoln Center
broadcast featuring New York City Ballet from the David H. Koch Theater
in Peter Martins' Romeo + Juliet, set to the landmark score by Sergei
Prokofiev. For one year, Live from Lincoln Center will change its name
to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the world's leading performing
arts center. The evening will also mark the first Live From Lincoln
Center broadcast from the newly renamed David H. Koch Theater (formerly
the New York State Theater).
For this staging, created in 2007, Martins cast some of the Company's
youngest dancers in the leading roles of the tragic teenaged lovers. The
set designs are by acclaimed Danish painter Per Kirkeby, who also
created the sets for Martins' full-length Swan Lake, which was broadcast
on Live From Lincoln Center in 1999. The costumes are by Kirkeby and
Kirsten Lund Nielsen, with lighting by Mark Stanley.
For the broadcast, the ballet will be seen from a variety of
perspectives, with eight different camera locations capturing the
action, which will bring television viewers inside the ballet for a
uniquely rich experience.
Romeo + Juliet is one of 40 ballets that NYCB will be performing as part
of its spring repertory season at the David H. Koch Theater, which runs
from April 28 through June 21.
Peter Martins is Ballet Master in Chief of New York City Ballet, as well
as Chairman of the Faculty of the School of American Ballet. He began
his association with New York City Ballet in 1967, as a guest artist
from the Royal Danish Ballet, before joining the Company as a principal
dancer in 1970. Prior to retiring from dancing in 1983, Mr. Martins
performed a tremendous variety of roles with the Company, and originated
roles in many ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Mr.
Martins began his career as a choreographer in 1977 with Calcium Light
Night, set to several pieces of music by Charles Ives, and has since
created more than 70 ballets, many of them set to scores by contemporary
American composers. Since 1981, Mr. Martins has helped to run the
Company, and since 1990, he has been Ballet Master in Chief. Under his
leadership, New York City Ballet has added significantly to its
repertory while maintaining the integrity of its core works, the
20th-century masterpieces by Balanchine and Robbins. Deeply committed to
the development of new choreography, in 1992 Mr. Martins created the
Diamond Project, which has commissioned more than 55 ballets from more
than 30 choreographers; and in September 2000, he and the late
philanthropist Irene Diamond, created the New York Choreographic
Institute, and affiliate of NYCB, which provides rare opportunities for
choreographers to explore their ideas without the pressures associated
with creating works for public performance.
New York City Ballet is one of the foremost dance companies in the
world, with a roster of spectacular dancers and an unparalleled
repertory. The Company was founded in 1948 by the legendary choreography
George Balanchine and arts patron Lincoln Kirstein, and quickly became
world-renowned for its athletic, contemporary style, which
revolutionized the ballet world. The Company has also been home to
Jerome Robbins, who made more than 50 works for NYCB, as well as to
countless choreographers, composers, dancers and musicians. Widely
acknowledged for its enduring contributions to dance, NYCB is committed
to promoting creative excellence and nurturing a new generation of
dancers and choreographers.
Live From Lincoln Center is made possible by a major grant from MetLife.