New York City Ballet’s Winter 2018 New Combinations program offers a world premiere with two contemporary ballets.
New York City Ballet is an incubator for choreographers. In the tradition of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (1909 – 1929), where Balanchine developed his own craft, the company regularly commissions contemporary artists and choreographers to create new works.
The company also encourages choreographic talent among its dancers. It’s part of the special character of New York City Ballet.
New Combinations Ballets
The Red Violin (2006)
This Peter Martins (Copenhagen, Denmark, 1946) choreography, set to a Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by John Corigliano, is based on the French-Canadian movie The Red Violin (1998) about the owners of a violin across the centuries.
The work is probably inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale The Red Shoes (1845) about a ballerina who dances herself to death.
dance odyssey (world premiere)
Don’t miss the world premiere of Corps de Ballet member Peter Walker’s second work for New York City Ballet. It is set to music by Oliver Davis.
Russian Seasons (2006)
There is something special about Russian ballet. When the French Revolution ended the French royal court, ballet survived in the royal courts of Russia and Denmark. Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes(1909 – 1929) reintroduced Ballet to the world from its base in Paris. There is something in Russian movement which goes beyond technique, that can only be described as lyrical.
Alexei Ratmansky (Saint Petersburg, Russia, 1968) is a former director of the Bolshoi Ballet, and the current Artist in Residence at American Ballet Theatre.
Composer Leonid Desyatnikov took Russian melodies from a collection called Traditional Music from the Russian Lake District and scored them as four concertos in the form of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. He added a female voice to express the grand emotions of the human experience and the rituals of the Russian Orthodox Church.
New Combinations Performances
Thursday, February 1 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 3 at 2 pm
Thursday, February 8 at 7:30 pm
Friday, February 9 at 8 pm
Sunday, February 11 at 3 pm
New Combinations Tickets
Tickets are $30 – $185
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