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Wednesday 12th - Saturday 22nd March, 2008
Not seen in London since 1983, New York City Ballet (NYCB) is one of the foremost dance
companies in the world. From Wednesday 12th – Saturday 22nd March, the company will
present four programmes of work drawn from its rich and diverse repertoire.
What is now known as New York City Ballet was the idea of Lincoln Kirstein, who envisaged
an American ballet where young dancers could be trained and schooled under the guidance
of the greatest ballet masters. When he met George Balanchine in London in 1933, Kirstein
knew he had found the right person for his dream. In 1933 Balanchine travelled to America
at Kirstein’s invitation, and in 1934 the two men opened the School of American Ballet,
where Balanchine trained dancers in an innovative style and technique that matched his
idea of a new, unmannered classicism.
In 1946 Kirstein and Balanchine formed Ballet Society and presented their new company at
the City Center of Music and Drama in New York. After seeing a Ballet Society performance,
the chairman of the City Center invited Balanchine and Kirstein’s fledgling company to
officially join the performing arts center, and on October 11, 1948, New York City Ballet was
born with a performance that featured Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Orpheus and
Symphony in C. In 1949 Jerome Robbins joined the Company as associate director and,
with Balanchine, created a varied repertory that grew each season.
Balanchine served as Ballet Master of New York City Ballet from its inception until his death,
in 1983, and he choreographed countless works and created a company of dancers known
for their linear purity, sharpness of attack, and overall speed and musicality. In 1964 NYCB
moved into its current home at Lincoln Center’s New York State Theater, where it grew into
one of the world’s great dance companies.
Following Balanchine’s death in 1983, Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins shared the title of
Co-Ballet Masters in Chief, and since 1990 Martins has assumed sole responsibility for the
Company’s operations. Like Balanchine, Martins believes that choreographic exploration is
what sustains excellence in the Company and in the art form itself, and NYCB continues to
present new work through such initiatives as the Diamond Project. The Company has an
unparalleled active repertory of more than 150 works, 90% of which were choreographed in
the latter half of the 20th century by Balanchine, Robbins, Martins, and others. Widely
acknowledged for its enduring contributions to dance, NYCB is committed to promoting
creative excellence and nurturing a new generation of dancers and choreographers.
Solely responsible for training its own artists in the classical style and for creating its own
repertory, NYCB performs annual seasons at its two permanent homes, the New York State
Theater at Lincoln Center and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs,
New York, and also tours domestically and internationally.
Venue:            London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BR
Dates:            Wed 12th – Sun 16th March and Tue 18th - Sat 22nd March, 2008
Times:            Wed 12th – Sat 15th and Tue 18th - Sat 22nd March, 7.30pm;
                  Sat 15th, Sun 16th, Thur 20th and Sat 22nd March, 2pm
Programme One     Wed 12th, Fri 14th, Sun 16th (2pm & 7.30pm) March
Programme Two     Thur 13th, Sat 15th (2pm & 7.30pm) March
Programme Three   Tue 18th, Thur 20th (7.30pm), Fri 21st March
Programme Four    Wed 19th, Thur 20th (2pm), Sat 22nd (2pm & 7.30pm) March
Ticket prices:    £20 - £95
On sale from:     Tuesday 8th May, 2007
Box Office:       0870 145 0200
Press Nights:     Programme One, Wed 12th March, 7.30pm
                  Other press nights to be confirmed

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