Above photo; Marcelo Gomes, Cory Stearns, Herman Cornejo, Fancy Free, October 25, 2014. There is much going on in the New York City ballet scene this fall with interesting works from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and a special event at City Center commemorating great George Balanchine works that premiered at that theater.
American Ballet Theatre
Tickets go on sale Monday for ABT’s Fall season, October 17-28 at Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Works featured include Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room; Balanchine’s Symphonie Concertante; Jerome Robbin’s Fancy Free and Other Dances in tribute to his centennial; Wayne McGregor’s AFTERITE; Alexei Ratmansky’s Songs of Bukovina, set to Bukovinian Songs (24 Preludes for Piano). Michelle Dorrance and Jessica Lang will debut new pieces as part of the ABT Women’s Movement Initiative. This will be Lang’s third piece for ABT.
The rep is substantially better than the 2017 Fall season, which largely consisted of uneventful and dull works. I enjoy much of Tharp’s works and In the Upper Room is one of my favorites, with energetic movement to the throbbing Philip Glass score. ABT last performed Symphonie Concertante in 2007 and will also present the work as part of the City Center Balanchine celebration. Fancy Free and Other Dances, in celebration of Robbins’ birth in 1918 in Manhattan, are always welcome, particularly when Herman Cornejo is cast.
ABT will bring back Ratmansky’s Songs of Bukovina and McGregor’s AFTERITE. Ratmansky’s work debuted last year. I thought it was a nice, enjoyable work, but not particularly memorable. I’m not a fan of McGregor’s strange AFTERITE in which a child is sacrificed gas chamber style in order to make some statement. I missed the message.
New York City Ballet
Tickets go on sale August 5 at Koch Theater for NYBC’s Fall season, September 18-October 14. The intriguing rep features many Balanchine and Robbins classics in seven programs: Jewels, All Balanchine, 21st Century Choreographers I and II, La Sylphide, Short Stories, and Robbins 100. Jewels opens up the season with six performances from September 18-25; the All Balanchine program has a number of favorites including Symphony in C; the 21st Century Choreographers presents new works for NYCB from Matthew Neeman and Kyle Abraham with Gianna Reisen (the youngest to create a ballet for NYCB in 2017) presenting her second NYCB offering. Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH highlights the second 21st Century program. Short Stories presents classics Fancy Free, Prodigal Son, and West Side Story Suite.
Joaquin De Luz’s final performance will be October 14.
Balanchine City Center Years
Mixed Balanchine/mixed company performances will be presented October 31-November 4 in commemoration of NYCB’s founding at City Center 70 years ago. 13 works will be presented from NYCB, ABT, Joffrey Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet to live music by the NYCB Orchestra. Many of the ballets had premiers at City Center.
Tickets are available at City Center and are not cheap. Orchestra seats run from $150-$225 while Grand Tier/Mezzanine seats go up to $225. Balcony tickets range from $35-$75.