Lincoln Center’s Dance Week!

Lincoln Center’s Dance week starts on May 30th and goes until June 4th. This entire week of dance will showcase performances filmed over the course of more than forty years.

Dance performances by institutions including Ballet Hispánico, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The School of American Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be streamed on Lincoln Center’s website and Facebook page.

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Here’s the full schedule:

CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana: Ballet Hispánico – Encore Presentation

(2015 Lincoln Center at the Movies)
Saturday, May 30th at 2pm

Ballet Hispanico Carmen Lincoln Center

Ballet Hispánico will “whisk us away to contemporary dance’s hottest spot” (Washington Post) in this imaginative and theatrical showcase of Latin-inspired contemporary dance at its best. In Club Havana, the intoxicating rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo, and cha cha are brought to life by choreographer Pedro Ruiz, himself a native of Cuba. Hailed as a “masterpiece” by the Chicago Sun-Times, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s CARMEN.maquia is a Picasso-inspired, contemporary take on Bizet’s classic opera about a passionate gypsy. Riveting from start to finish, the physically charged and sensual choreography fuses contemporary dance with nods to the Spanish paso doble and flamenco.

Ballet Hispánico’s production of CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana for Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance is made possible by The Arnhold Foundation.

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, New York City Ballet

(1986 Live From Lincoln Center broadcast)
Saturday, May 30th at 8pm

NYCB Midsummers Night Dream

A beloved classic, George Balanchine’s enchanting full-evening adaptation of Shakespeare’s magical comedy is choreographed to music by the great German composer Felix Mendelssohn. The ballet premiered on April 24, 1964, opening New York City Ballet’s first repertory season at the New York State Theater (today the David H. Koch Theater). The cast includes Maria Calegari (Titania), Ib Andersen (Oberon), and Jean-Pierre Frohlich (Puck). Robert Irving conducts the NYCB Orchestra.

 

American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House

(1978 Live From Lincoln Center broadcast)
Sunday, May 31st at 8pm

ABT Lincoln Center Dance Week

Photo by Louis Peres

An evening of repertory includes the Act III Grand Pas de Deux of Don Quixote with Natalia Makarova and Fernando Bujones, Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides, set to music by Chopin, with Rebecca Wright, Marianna Tcherkassky and Ivan Nagy leading the cast, and George Balanchine’s plotless ballet Theme and Variationsperformed by Gelsey Kirkland and Mikhail Baryshnikov to the glorious Tchaikovsky score.  Rounding out the broadcast is Fokine’s Firebird, a magical tale of the legendary creature who helps two noble lovers overcome an evil sorcerer, set to an iridescent score by Stravinsky.

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The School of American Ballet Virtual Workshop Performance Celebration

Monday, June 1st at 7pm

Lincoln Center Dance Week School American Ballet

The School of American Ballet premieres recent outstanding highlights of the School’s annual Workshop Performances at Lincoln Center’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, with commentary and insight from the School’s artistic leaders, Jonathan Stafford and Kay Mazzo, distinguished alumni Justin Peck and Maria Kowroski, and SAB’s senior faculty member Suki Schorer. This special event also includes the announcement of the 2020 Mae L. Wien Awards for Outstanding Promise, a distinction awarded to three senior students who show significant potential for high professional achievement.  Past performances to be screened in their entirety include Justin Peck’s In Creases and Jerome Robbins’s Circus Polka (both 2018), the pas de deux from George Balanchine’s Agon (2019), and George Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony (2017).

 

Coppélia, New York City Ballet

(1978 Live From Lincoln Center broadcast)
Tuesday, June 2nd at 8pm

Coppelia NYCB LC Dance Week

photo by Susanne Faulkner Stevens

Coppélia, considered one of the greatest comic ballets of the 19th Century, is the tale of a mad inventor and the life-like doll he creates. Like The Nutcracker, the story is based on the writing of E.T.A. Hoffmann. George Balanchine choreographed his version with ballerina Alexandra Danilova (after Marius Petipa)in 1974, set to the 1870 score by French composer Léo Delibes. This Live From Lincoln Center rebroadcast features the ballet’s original leading dancers, Patricia McBride, Helgi Tomasson, and Shaun O’Brien.

 

Tribute to Balanchine, New York City Ballet

(1983 Live From Lincoln Center broadcast)
Wednesday, June 3rd at 8pm

Tribute to Balanchine

After George Balanchine’s death on April 30, 1983, the New York City Ballet honored its founding genius in this tribute performance to the legendary choreographer, who co-founded NYCB in 1948 and created more than 120 works for his company. In this Live From Lincoln Center rebroadcast, the company presents three of these ballets: Vienna Waltzes to music by Johann Strauss II, Franz Lehar, and Richard Strauss, features Kyra Nichols and Sean Lavery, Heather Watts and Helgi Tomasson, Elyse Borne and Bart Cook, Karin von Aroldingen and Peter Martins, and Suzanne Farrell and Adam Lüders; Mozartiana to music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky, is led by Suzanne Farrell, Victor Castelli, and Ib Andersen; and Who Cares?, to music by George Gershwin as adapted and orchestrated by Hershy Kay, features Lourdes Lopez, Patricia McBride, Heather Watts, and Sean Lavery. Robert Irving conducts the NYCB Orchestra.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Chroma, Grace, Takademe, Revelations

(2015 Lincoln Center at the Movies)
Thursday, June 4th at 8pm

Lincoln Center Dance Week Alvin Ailey

Photo by Gert Krautbauer

Witness an iconic masterpiece of American dance, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations, described by The New York Times as “one of the great works of the human spirit.” This soulful tour de force draws on African-American spirituals, gospel songs, and holy blues. The program also includes Wayne McGregor’s sumptuous Chroma, with orchestrations of songs by The White Stripes; Ronald K. Brown’s Grace, a powerful meeting of modern and West African dance to music by Duke Ellington, Roy Davis, and Fela Kuti; and Robert Battle’s humorous, high-flying Takademe.

Lincoln Center at Home is dedicated to maintaining connections to the arts during the COVID-19 pandemic. A free, one-stop portal to all digital offerings from across the iconic campus, offerings also include Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom, and #ConcertsForKids, as well as array of archival and livestream performances available for free and on demand at LincolnCenter.org and on Lincoln Center’s Facebook Page.

In addition to Lincoln Center’s Dance Week, some of the institution’s most loved Broadway productions available for free with Broadway Fridays, beginning on Friday, June 5, 2020 with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel with the New York Philharmonic.

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