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NYC Ballet Will Grace the Stage at SPAC


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NEW YORK CITY BALLET Highlights:

  • Return of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • World Premiere by New York City Ballet Resident Choreographer Justin Peck
  • 4 SPAC Premieres by Robert Binet, Troy Schumacher, Myles Thatcher and Christopher Wheeldon
  • 16 Ballets by 8 Choreographers
Season Opens with Return of Balanchine’s’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream. SPAC’s inaugural 1966 season will come to life once again when New York City Ballet dances Balanchine’s unforgettable masterpiece, A Midsummer Night’s Dream during the 2016 50th Anniversary summer season. The ballet had its SPAC premiere 50 years ago at the amphitheatre’s Opening Night on July 8, 1966.

Pre-Performance Talks take place in the Gold Room of the Hall of Springs, prior to most classical performances. Seating is limited to enable the speaker to interact with the audience. Only ticketholders to performances following the Talk may attend. Tickets are $5 for the Talk. Pre-Performance Talks sell out quickly, and we encourage you to purchase your tickets ahead of time. This page will be updated as new talks are confirmed.

There will also be special pre-show events for select performances:  Family Night with Children’s Workshop on the Lawn July 22 & 29, Date Night Series July 21 & 28, American Girl Night July 27 and Paint & Sip Night July 30


NYC Ballet Performance Nights:

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 @ 8 P.M.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

THURSDAY, JULY 21 @ 8 P.M.
Balanchine Black & White
 
FRIDAY, JULY 22 @ 8 P.M.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

SATURDAY, JULY 23 @ 2 P.M.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

SATURDAY, JULY 23 @ 8 P.M.
New York City Ballet 50th Anniversary Gala
21st Century Choreographers

TUESDAY, JULY 26 @ 8 P.M.
Classic NYCB I

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27 @ 8 P.M.
Jewels

THURSDAY, JULY 28 @ 2 P.M.
Jewels

THURSDAY, JULY 28 @ 8 P.M.
Balanchine Black & White

FRIDAY, JULY 29 @ 8 P.M.
Classic NYCB II

SATURDAY, JULY 30 @ 2 P.M.
Classic NYCB III

SATURDAY, JULY 30 @ 8 P.M.
Jewels

 
SPAC World Premiere
Making its World Premiere on the SPAC stage at the New York City Ballet Gala on July 23 will be a new ballet by New York City Ballet Resident Choreographer Justin Peck. The ballet was commissioned by SPAC in honor of the amphitheater’s 50th Anniversary Season and has been made possible through the generous support of Ron & Michele Riggi and Vincent & Patty Riggi. The SPAC World Premiere will be the eleventh work that Peck has created for NYCB since 2012, when his first ballet for NYCB made its world premiere on the SPAC stage. Peck, who is a Soloist with NYCB and has also created ballets for such companies as Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and LA Dance Project, among others, is also the subject of the acclaimed documentary film Ballet 422. Named NYCB’s second-ever Resident Choreographer in 2014 while the company was in residence in Saratoga, Peck’s works for NYCB include Rōdēō: Four Dance Episodes, which premiered during NYCB’s 2015 Winter Season, and his acclaimed collaborations with composer Sufjan Stevens – Year of the Rabbit (2012) and Everywhere We Go (2014).

Additional SPAC Premieres
As part of SPAC and New York City Ballet’s joint commitment to presenting new work to Saratoga audiences, four new works in NYCB’s repertoire will also have their SPAC debuts at the New York City Ballet Gala on Saturday, July 23. SPAC premieres will include Christopher Wheeldon’s newest ballet for the Company as well as three works by rising choreographers Troy Schumacher, Robert Binet, and Myles Thatcher, which premiered together at NYCB’s 2015 Fall Fashion Gala in October 2015 at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. For the Fall Fashion Gala, NYCB choreographers collaborate with the world’s leading fashion designers to create costumes for their premieres. In addition to bringing new ballets and new costumes to Saratoga, the 2016 SPAC Gala will mark the first time that work by Schumacher, Binet, and Thatcher has been presented at SPAC.

Troy Schumacher – Common Ground
Robert Binet – The Blue of Distance
Myles Thatcher – Polaris
Christopher Wheeldon – NYCB Spring 2016 Premiere

Also making its SPAC premiere will be a new ballet by Christopher Wheeldon, which will premiere during the Company’s Spring 2016 season. Wheeldon, who danced with NYCB from 1993 to 2000 and was the Company’s Resident Choreographer from 2001 to 2008, has created 22 works for NYCB since 1997. Wheeldon directed and choreographed the critically acclaimed Broadway production of An American in Paris, currently running on Broadway at the Palace Theatre starring NYCB Principal Dancer Robert Fairchild and The Royal Ballet’s Leanne Cope. Wheeldon has also created numerous works for ballet companies around the world including American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, and Royal Danish Ballet.

For more information and tickets, go online to www.spac.org.

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