American Ballet Theatre looks forward to celebrating its 75th Anniversary with a look back at some of the important ballets in the Company’s history, as well as a look to the future with an exciting World Premiere by the prodigiously talented Liam Scarlett, The Royal Ballet’s first Artist in Residence. For two weeks only from October 22 through November 2, ABT’s world-class dancers bring their dramatic artistry and thrilling bravura to take dance to new heights in season highlights including Antony Tudor’s Jardin aux Lilas, performed to Chausson’s Poème for Violin and Orchestra, the return of Twyla Tharp’s acclaimed Bach Partita, Alexei Ratmansky’s intimate Seven Sonatas, Jerome Robbins’ energetic homage to the American spirit, Fancy Free, and a staging of Raymonda Divertissements by ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie and Ballet Mistress Irina Kolpakova based on Marius Petipa’s last great masterpiece. Reserve your seats today!
The New York Times has lauded the “unequaled richness” and “terrific density of New York City Ballet’s repertory,” and the 2014–15 Season stands up to this praise with 56 ballets, featuring a Balanchine Black & White festival, two iconic Shakespeare full-lengths, and an impressive seven premieres including La Sylphide. Celebrating NYCB’s rich musical legacy and named after Founder George Balanchine’s famous quote “See the music and hear the dancing,” new Hear the Dance programs focus on composers of the same national origin, offering a framed perspective for exploring the Company’s extensive repertory.
For the first time ever in North America, the complete film trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, will be presented live, in concert, April 8-12, 2015. Beneath a giant screen, the Academy Award-winning scores by Howard Shore will be performed by 250 musicians, on stage, including symphony orchestra, chorus and soloists. Two complete trilogies, Wednesday-Friday, April 8-10, and Saturday-Sunday, April 11-12.
Dancemaker Paul Taylor brings his renowned Company back in a fascinating new initiative: Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance. As always, Taylor presents his own world-renowned Company, which dances 17 of his classics plus a New York Premiere and World Premiere. But Taylor's also presenting important works he admires by two other modern choreographers: Doris Humphrey's rarely-seen Passacaglia, danced by Limón Dance Company, and Shen Wei's riveting Rite of Spring, danced by Shen Wei Dance Arts. Orchestra of St. Luke's will perform live throughout the season when intended by the choreographer. PTAMD is Taylor's way of celebrating the past, enhancing the present and securing the future of modern dance, and ensuring that this homegrown American art form always has a home at Lincoln Center.
Embark on an extraordinary journey through 5,000 years of Chinese civilization. From ancient dynasties to modern day, inspiring stories and legends spring to life through classical Chinese dance. Animated backdrops, exquisite costumes, thunderous battle drums, and powerful flips fill the stage with color and energy. Timeless ethnic and folk dances, a unique East-West orchestra, and singers' soaring voices converge in an unforgettable experience. Based in New York, Shen Yun has become a global sensation, bringing authentic Chinese culture to the world. Fashion designer Donna Karan called it "mesmerizing," and Maleficent director Robert Stromberg, "so inspiring." Shen Yun returns to Lincoln Center with an all-new 2015 program.
The world-renowned Mikhailovsky Ballet Company will tour the US for the first time in November 2014. The programme will include world classics, ballets of the Soviet period, and contemporary productions, and will showcase the company's ongoing search for new technical forms. Audiences will have the chance to enjoy the romantic Giselle, regarded as a masterpiece of classical ballet; the charming and evocative Don Quixote; and a production that has never been shown overseas – The Flames of Paris,based on the events of the French Revolution. The collection of one-act ballets, Three Centuries of Russian Ballet, includes Le Halte de cavalerie (The Cavalry Halt) , Class Consert and Prelude.