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New York City Ballet announces 2019–20 season

Posted on April 2, 2019

1 Wendy Whelan and Jonathan Stafford at One World Observatory in New York City. Photo credit Christopher Lane

New York City Ballet’s plans for 2019–20 marks the first full season under the artistic leadership of Jonathan Stafford, artistic director, and Wendy Whelan, associate artistic director. Planned prior to their appointments, the season was designed by Stafford and NYCB resident choreographer and artistic advisor, Justin Peck, while they were serving on the company’s interim artistic leadership team.

Highlights of the season feature six world premieres, including work by Edwaard Liang, former NYCB soloist and current artistic director of BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio, and Lauren Lovette, current NYCB principal dancer, who will make her third ballet for the company.

The winter season will feature premieres by Alexei Ratmansky, who will make his sixth work for NYCB, and a new work by Peck, which will be set to a commissioned score by composer Nico Muhly.

The spring season will feature world premiere ballets by Pam Tanowitz, who will make her second work for NYCB, and a premiere by Jamar Roberts, a choreographer and dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, who will be making his first work for the company.

The 2019-20 season encompasses 21 weeks of performances, featuring 54 ballets including 29 works by the company’s co-founder George Balanchine, including Jewels, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Union Jack, Vienna Waltzes and the annual holiday season of Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. The season will also feature Peter Martins’ full-length production of Swan Lake.

Works returning to the repertoire after long absences include Merce Cunningham’s Summerspace, Jerome Robbins’ Piano Pieces and Concertino, Balanchine’s “Variations” from Episodes, originally created for Paul Taylor, Haieff Divertimento and Sylvia Pas de Deux.

New York City Ballet opens its 2019-20 season at Lincoln Center on September 17 with George Balanchine’s full-length Jewels and continues through to May 31, 2020. For more information on the season or to book tickets, click here.

Image: Wendy Whelan and Jonathan Stafford at One World Observatory in New York City. Photograph by Christopher Lane


Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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