New York City Ballet Presents Digital Season
BACK ON STAGE: New York City Ballet begins a digital spring season February 22 with performances of ballets including “Stravinsky Violin Concerto,” pictured here with dancers Taylor Stanley and Sara Mearns. The season takes place on the stage of the company’s home at Lincoln Center, but there is no live audience.
Beginning February 22, the New York City Ballet is back on stage at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Performances, rehearsals, and conversations specially filmed at the theater make up the digital spring season, which runs through May. The company hopes to return to live performances in front of audiences in September.
Ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and contemporary choreographers Justin Peck and Kyle Abraham are part of the season. It begins with three week-long explorations of Balanchine’s “Prodigal Son,” “Theme and Variations,” and “Stravinsky Violin Concerto” February 22-March 8. Each week will include a stream of a previously filmed performance, plus videos, podcasts, interviews with dancers who previously performed the roles, and rehearsal footage.
“As the company continues to plan for our return to the Koch Theater stage in September for the start of the 2021-22 performance season, we will once again present a series of digital programs with much of the content newly filmed in our theater at Lincoln Center,” said Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford. “That glorious venue, NYCB’s home since 1964, has been dark for nearly a year, and to see the theater begin to reawaken with NYCB’s wonderful dancers performing new works by Justin Peck and Kyle Abraham, as well as iconic masterpieces by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, is going to be a thrilling experience for all of us.”
Premieres will be the focus starting April 8. The work by Abraham is being created this month during a residency at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park in Tivoli, N.Y., and will be filmed at the end of February. The ballet company is also presenting workshops for different ages and levels of experience, including people with disabilities.
For information and a complete schedule of performances and workshops, visit nycballet.com.