NYCB announces its 2016-17 Season

Jerome Robbins' Moves being performed by New York City BalletNew York City Ballet will open its 2016-17 Season at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, September 20, and will continue for 21 weeks of performances, through Sunday, May 28. The season will feature a total of 77 ballets created by 24 different choreographers.


The 2016-17 Season, programmed by NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins, will premiere eight brand-new ballets, including three by NYCB Resident Choreographer Justin Peck. Additional premieres will be by NYCB dancers Lauren Lovette and Peter Walker, as well as choreographers Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Pontus Lidberg and Alexei Ratmansky. 


New York City Ballet in Justin Peck’s Paz de la JollaThe opening of the 2016-17 Season on September 20 will be the company’s annual Fall Gala performance, which will be an evening of all new work, featuring the premieres by Lovette, Lopez Ochoa and Walker, each of whom will be making their first-ever ballets for NYCB, as well as the season’s first premiere by Peck. In addition, once again this year the Fall Gala evening will celebrate the worlds of dance and fashion with costumes created by some of the fashion world’s most acclaimed designers. The costume designers for the four Fall Gala premieres will be announced at a later date. The Fall Season will continue for four weeks, through Sunday, October 16, and will feature 14 works by NYCB’s Co-Founder George Balanchine, including the full-length Jewels.


The year of performances will continue with the annual holiday season of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, which will take place from Friday, November 25 through Saturday, December 31.


The 2017 Winter Season will run from Tuesday, January 17 to Sunday, February 26, and will be highlighted by Peck’s second world premiere for the 2016-17 Season, as well as the premiere by Lidberg, who will be making his first-ever work for NYCB. Both premieres will take place on Thursday, January 26 as part of the company’s annual New Combinations Evening. The Winter Season will also include the return of NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins’ full-length staging of The Sleeping Beauty for two weeks of performances, on February 8-19. Also included in the Winter
Season will be several programs devoted to works by Balanchine, composers Igor Stravinsky and Richard Rodgers, as well as a program of works by Jerome Robbins, NYCB’s Co-Founding Choreographer.


New York City Ballet in Symphony in CThe 2017 Spring Season will take place from Tuesday, April 18 through Sunday, May 28, and will be highlighted by a four-week festival of NYCB commissions, consisting of 43 ballets created for NYCB since 1988 by 22 different choreographers. Highlights of the festival will include a May 4th Spring Gala premiere by Ratmansky, who will be making his fifth work for NYCB; and the season’s final world premiere by Peck, which will be presented on Friday, May 12.


In addition to the festival, the six-week Spring Season will begin with a week of performances (April 18-23) featuring programs of ballets by Balanchine (Allegro Brillante, The Four Temperaments and Symphony in C) and Robbins (Fancy Free, Moves and The Concert). The final week of the Spring Season (May 23-28) will feature Balanchine’s full-length staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Accompanying the more than 90 NYCB dancers, all performances will also feature the 62-piece New York City Ballet Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Andrew Litton. The musical repertory for the 2016-17 Season will feature scores composed by 54 different composers.


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Photo (top): NYCB performs Robbins’ Moves. Photo (left): NYCB in Peck’s Paz de la Jolla. Photo (right): The company in Balanchine’s Symphony in C. All photos by Paul Kolnik.