July 16, 2007
New York City Ballet Announces 2008 Winter Repertory Season and Annual Holiday
Engagement of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™
Eight-Week Winter Season to Feature 13 Distinct Programs Showcasing 40 Different Ballets
Highlights Include World Premiere Ballets by Christopher Wheeldon and Mauro Bigonzetti,the Return of Peter Martins’ Full-Length Production of Romeo + Julietand Susan Stroman’s Double Feature,19 Works by George Balanchine Including Jewels and Prodigal Son, and Seven Works by Jerome Robbins Including The Concert and West Side Story Suite
The Season Will Also Include a Farewell Performancefor Principal Dancer Nikolaj Hübbe,
on Sunday, February 10
New York City Ballet has announced the programming for its 2008 winter season. The season will open on Wednesday, January 2, with George Balanchine’s three-part masterpiece, Jewels, and continue for 57 performances, through Sunday, February 24.
The Company has also announced the date for its Opening Night Benefit, which will take place on Tuesday, November 20, and the annual holiday season of George Balanchine’s The NutcrackerTM, which will run for 45 performances from Friday, November 23, through Sunday, December 30. (The repertory for the Opening Night Benefit will be announced at a later date.) All performances take place at the Company’s home, the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center
Among the winter season highlights are world premiere ballets by Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti, who will make his third ballet for NYCB, and by the Company’s Resident Choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon, who will make his 16th work for the Company. Mr. Bigonzetti, who is the Artistic Director of Italy’s Aterballetto, will create a work to an original score by his longtime musical collaborator, Bruno Moretti. The ballet will premiere on Wednesday, January 23, as part of NYCB’s annual New Combinations Evening, which honors the anniversary of George Balanchine’s birth. Mr. Wheeldon’s ballet will premiere on Thursday, February 7; the score will be announced at a later date.
The 2008 winter repertory season will open with George Balanchine’s Jewels on Wednesday, January 2. This full-length abstract work, which premiered in 1967, consists of three parts: “Emeralds”, set to the music of Fauré, “Rubies”, set to the music of Stravinsky, and “Diamonds”, set to the music of Tschaikovsky. Jewels will be given five performances during the first two weeks of the winter season.
The season will also feature the return of NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins’ full-length staging of Romeo + Juliet which played to sold-out audiences for two weeks in the 2007 spring season. Mr. Martins’ production, which is set to the classic score by Sergei Prokofiev and features sets and costumes by Danish painter Per Kirkeby, will be performed in repertory for seven performances only, beginning Saturday, January 5, at 2 pm. The run includes two performances which have been added to the winter season schedule: Sunday, January 6, at 8 pm, and Wednesday, January 9, at 2 pm.
The third full-length work of the winter season will be Susan Stroman’s Double Feature, which premiered in 2004. An homage to the silent film era, Double Feature has two acts, each of which tells a different story: “The Blue Necklace” is a melodrama set to the music of Irving Berlin, and “Makin’ Whoopee” is a slapstick comedy set to the music
of Walter Donaldson. The work is one of two ballets that Ms. Stroman, a Tony Award winner for such Broadway hits as The Producers and Contact, has created for NYCB. Double Feature will be performed seven times, from Thursday, January 31, through Wednesday, February 6.
In addition to the three full-length ballets, the winter season will include 10 distinct repertory programs featuring a total of 37 different ballets. Each program will be performed three or four times during the course of the eight-week winter season.
George Balanchine, NYCB’s co-founder, will be represented by 19 works overall, including Prodigal Son and The Steadfast Tin Soldier, which were last performed in 2004. The season will also include two all-Balanchine programs. The first, “Balanchine’s World,” features Le Tombeau de Couperin, Tarantella, Bugaku, and La Sonnambula, and the second, “Russian Treasures,” features Serenade, Mozartiana, and Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2.
The Company’s co-founding choreographer, Jerome Robbins, will be represented by seven ballets, including the return to the repertory of such works as Fancy Free; Ives, Songs; The Concert (not performed since 2002); and West Side Story Suite. During the 2008 spring season, to mark the 10th anniversary of Robbins’ death, NYCB will celebrate its extraordinary Robbins repertory with a season-long celebration of the choreographer and his ballets.
In addition to Romeo + Juliet, the winter season will have five works by Peter Martins, including The Chairman Dances, set to music from the John Adams opera Nixon in China, and Thou Swell, Mr. Martins’ lush and romantic tribute to the music of Richard Rodgers.
In addition to the world premiere, Resident Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon will be represented by four works: The Nightingale and the Rose, which premiered during the 2007 spring season; the return to the repertory of Liturgy, with music by Arvo Pärt; An American in Paris, set to the classic score by George Gershwin; and Carousel (A
Dance), set to music by Richard Rodgers. The season will also include four performances of Russian Seasons, created for NYCB’s 2006 Diamond Project by Alexei Ratmansky, Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Ballet.
NIKOLAJ HÜBBE FAREWELL
On Sunday, February 10, NYCB will present a special farewell performance for Principal Dancer Nikolaj Hübbe, featuring four works that are closely associated with the dancer: Apollo and Western Symphony by George Balanchine; an excerpt from Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite; and Zakouski, which Peter Martins created for Mr. Hübbe in 1992.
Mr. Hübbe is retiring from the stage to become the Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Ballet. His appointment to this position was announced in March 2007, and his official tenure begins in July 2008, to continue through June 2012.
Mr. Hübbe was born and raised in Copenhagen, and he began his dance training at age 10 with the Royal Danish Ballet School, ultimately joining the Royal Danish Ballet in 1986. Mr. Hübbe joined New York City Ballet in July of 1992 as a principal dancer, and during his career, he has performed most of the Company’s vast repertory and has had many works created on him. For the premiere of West Side Story Suite in spring 1995, Mr. Hübbe danced and sang in the role of Riff. He has appeared regularly with the Royal Danish Ballet and as a guest with many companies throughout the world.
In addition to his performing career, Mr. Hübbe is a faculty member at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, and he has staged August Bournonville works for NYCB, SAB, the National Ballet of Canada, Ballet Arizona, and the Royal Danish Ballet.
Tickets for George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ range from $20 to $120 and are currently on sale by mail and through the NYCB website at www.nycballet.com
. Beginning September 24, tickets will also be available at the New York State Theater box office, and through Center Charge at 212-721-6500.
Beginning August 6, winter season subscription series will be on sale through the NYCB website. As of August 10, subscription series will also be available by mail and by phone from the NYCB subscription office at 800-580-8730.
Tickets for the Opening Night Benefit will be available beginning September 24 by mail, through Center Charge, through the NYCB website, and at the New York State Theater box office. Tickets range from $20 to $100 for the performance only, and are $200 for the performance and cocktail party. Tickets for the cocktail party, performance, and supper ball are $1500 to $3500 and will be available through the Special Events office at 212-870-5585.
Single-ticket orders for the winter repertory season and for Opening Night will be accepted by mail and through the NYCB website beginning September 24. Single tickets will also be available beginning November 19 at the New York State Theater box office and through Center Charge. Single tickets range in cost from $20 to $98.
New York City Ballet’s 2008 spring season will open on April 29 and continue for nine weeks through June 29. The season will honor Jerome Robbins, to mark the tenth anniversary of his death. Programming will be announced at a later date.
The New York State Theater is located on the Lincoln Center Plaza at Columbus Ave. and 63rd St. The mailing address for the NYCB Box Office is New York City Ballet, New York State Theater, 20 Lincoln Center, New York, NY 10023. For general information on tickets for any New York City Ballet performance, call
212-870-5570, or visitwww.nycballet.com.
Major support for new work is provided by The Irene Diamond Fund and members of the New Combinations