The announcement for the 2004-05 Winter Season. Looks great, except that I cannot believe that they are bringing back "Musagete" - it deserved to quietly disappear from the repertory. NEW YORK CITY BALLET ANNOUNCES WINTER 2004-2005 SEASON
Highlights Include Fiftieth Anniversary Season of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, Two World Premiere Ballets, Nine All-Balanchine Programs, and the Return of Susan Stroman’s Double Feature
New York City Ballet’s winter 2004-2005 season at the New York State Theater will begin on Tuesday, November 23, with the Company’s annual Opening Night Benefit. The season will continue with the fiftieth anniversary season of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, which runs from November 26 through January 2, followed by the winter repertory season, which runs from January 4 through February 27.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ premiered on February 2, 1954, at the City Center of Music and Drama in New York. Balanchine’s production helped establish this ballet and its score as perennial favorites in the United States; there are now countless productions of the ballet all over the country, and the music is ubiquitous during the holiday season. NYCB’s beloved production is seen by more than 100,000 people annually, and has been performed over 2000 times.
Set to Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky’s glorious score, NYCB’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ features choreography by Balanchine, scenery by Rouben Ter-Arutunian, costumes by Karinska, and lighting by Mark Stanley, after the original design by Ronald Bates. The production includes the Company’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.
Highlights of this world-renowned holiday production include a one-ton Christmas tree that grows from 12 to 40 feet, an onstage snowstorm, and hundreds of elaborate costumes, including one for Mother Ginger that measures nine feet wide and weighs 85 pounds. The production’s grand finale involves one million watts of lighting, the most used in any New York City Ballet production.
Winter Repertory Season
The Company will open the winter 2005 repertory season on Tuesday, January 4, with an all-Balanchine program of Divertimento No. 15, The Four Temperaments, and Cortège Hongrois. The season will continue for eight weeks, through Sunday, February 27, with a total of 39 ballets performed in 56 programs.
Highlights of the repertory season include world premiere ballets by Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins and Resident Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. Returning to the repertory after several years are Jerome Robbins’ Fanfare and The Goldberg Variations (last performed in spring 2001 and winter 2000, respectively) and Mr. Martins’ Todo Bueno Aires (last seen in the year of its premiere, 2000).
Several of the ballets that were premiered in the 2003-2004 season will return this winter, including Boris Eifman’s Musagète, Mr. Martins’ Chichester Psalms and Eros Piano, and Mr. Wheeldon’s Shambards. Also, Susan Stroman’s full-length ballet, Double Feature, will be performed for an entire week.
On Saturday, January 22, the Company will present two world premieres as part of the ninth annual New Combinations Evening, which honors the anniversary of George Balanchine’s birth. The new ballets, by Mr. Martins and Mr. Wheeldon, will be the tenth and eleventh new ballets presented on the New Combinations Evening since its inception in 1997. The program will also include Balanchine’s Square Dance.
Overall, the repertory season will feature 17 ballets by George Balanchine, including Jewels, which premiered in 1967 and was revived in February 2004 with new scenery by Balanchine’s original designer Peter Harvey; Apollo, choreographed in 1928; and Ballo della Regina, choreographed in 1978. There will be nine all-Balanchine programs throughout the season, including the “Greek trilogy” on January 27: Apollo, Orpheus, and Agon.
The season will also include eight ballets by Jerome Robbins, including Fanfare, choreographed in 1953, The Goldberg Variations, choreographed in 1971, and West Side Story Suite, which premiered in 1995. There will be two all-Robbins programs during the season.
Among the six works by Mr. Martins returning to the repertory are Concerto for Two Solo Pianos, choreographed in 1982, and Thou Swell, which is set to a suite of songs by Richard Rodgers, and which premiered in 2003.
In addition to his new ballet, Mr. Wheeldon will be represented by four works during the winter season: Carnival of the Animals (2003), Liturgy (2003), Polyphonia (2001), and Shambards (2004). Carnival of the Animals will feature a special appearance by John Lithgow, who wrote the narration for the ballet. In July 2001, Mr. Wheeldon was named NYCB’s first Resident Choreographer, a title he continues to hold.
New York City Ballet will once again offer special theme series subscription packages in addition to the traditional same-day-of-the-week subscriptions. This year’s theme series include an all-Balanchine series and an all-Robbins series, as well as a “Discovery Series” that features some of Balanchine’s most beloved works, and a “Dance Adventure” series that highlights newer works in the repertory.
For family audiences, there is a special “Family Fun Matinee Series” consisting of programs featuring ballets suitable for audiences age eight and up. For this two-date series, children 12 and under can attend the performances for half price, subject to terms and availability.
For complete information on NYCB subscription packages, visit www.nycballet.com.
Tickets for George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ are currently on sale by mail and through the NYCB website at www.nycballet.com.
Tickets for the opening night benefit and all performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ will be available at the New York State Theater box office beginning September 27 and through Ticketmaster at 212-307-4100 beginning September 28.
Winter season subscription series are now on sale by mail, through the NYCB website at www.nycballet.com,
and by calling the NYCB subscription office at 800-580-8730. Single-ticket orders for the winter repertory season will be accepted by mail and through the NYCB website at www.nycballet.com
beginning September 27. Single tickets will also be available by calling Ticketmaster at 212-307-4100 beginning November 21 and at the New York State Theater box office beginning November 22.
New York City Ballet’s spring 2005 repertory season will open on April 25 and continue for nine weeks through June 26. Programming for the spring season will be announced at a later date.
The New York State Theater is located on the Lincoln Center Plaza at Broadway at 63rd Street. 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 visit www.nycballet.com.
New York City Ballet’s 2004-2005 Season of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ is presented by Wachovia.
New York City Ballet is grateful to Movado for its generous support of the Company.
Major support for new work is provided by The Irene Diamond Fund and members of the New Combinations Fund.
New York City Ballet gratefully acknowledges the Lila Acheson and DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund for its support of new work and audience development.
The creation and performance of works by Peter Martins is funded in part by an endowment gift from the Solomon family, given in loving memory of Carolyn B. Solomon.
New York City Ballet’s 2004-2005 season is also made possible in part by The Shubert Foundation and contributors to the Repertory and Education Funds and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
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