The company has commissioned inaugural choreographic works from principal ballerina Lauren Lovette and corps de ballet member Peter Walker. Both pieces will premiere at NYCB’s fall gala on September 20, where true to recent tradition, they’ll be paired with costumes from known fashion designers. Additional details regarding the programs and their participating designers could not immediately be learned.
Justin Peck — the troupe’s formidable choreographer-in-residence, who has vowed to focus on his work for the company in the forthcoming year (eschewing outside commissions) — will premiere three new works, one of which will feature music by Igor Stravinsky.
For the first time, Peck will receive a special program entirely devoted to his work — the likes of which were called for by New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay in a review last fall.
For three nights in of the spring season, NYCB will stage ballets entirely filled with the 28-year-old’s choreography, including pieces such as “In Creases” and “Everywhere We Go.”
Such a format will also be applied to the work of ballet choreography stars Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon. Ratmansky will create a new piece for the company, to premiere in its spring season.
These contemporary works will be staged adjacent to classics by the company’s founder George Balanchine, with his full-length productions including “Jewels,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Nutcracker” again entering the rotation.
Six works by Balanchine’s successor and “West Side Story” choreographer Jerome Robbins will also be on display throughout the year. Present ballet-master-in-chief Peter Martins’ rendition of “The Sleeping Beauty” will take a full two-week run of the winter season.
The company will perform at its home of the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center for 21 weeks of performances, performing a total of 77 ballets from 24 choreographers.