New York City Ballet wants to remind everyone about the 2-part PBS special that airs this Friday, February 17 at 9PM and next Friday, February 24th. A performance will be presented from last summer's tour to the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris – half this Friday and half next Friday.
A brochure arrived in Haglund's mail today which shows that on the weekend that precedes Fourth of July, New York City Ballet MOVES will present four performances at Bard College's Sosnoff Theater as part of the Summerscape 2017 program. This touring group with its rotating selection of dancers from all ranks of the company will perform Dances at a Gathering, Duo Concertant, and In Creases on:
Friday, June 30th @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 1 @ 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 2 @ 2:00 PM
Tickets go on sale to the general public on February 21st here.
This might be a nice way to spend the slow Fourth of July weekend. Take Amtrak's scenic route an hour and a half north of the city, enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner, and see casting that you may not have yet seen at Lincoln Center. Then if you haven't had enough, continue north to Saratoga where the company opens on Wednesday.
The dancers have to stay close to home this summer because of the incredible, joyous Jewels golden jubilee celebration from July 20-23 at Lincoln Center. Word on the street is that tickets go on sale to LC Members on March 13 and to the general public a week later. Ticketing for these LCF big ballet events can often be a pain in the arse. LCF holds seats back to try to push people into buying more expensive tickets. Instead of getting forced sales, they get a lot of ill will toward Lincoln Center. For a few years, they divvied up the tickets between the Koch and Avery Fisher box offices in separate batches. You had to run back and forth across the plaza just to see what was available. Hopefully, ticketing will be more transparent this year, and Lincoln Center Festival will try to make friends with the balletomanes who rush to buy tickets early instead of antagonizing us. Scorn from annoyed balletomanes never does anyone any good.
Gelsey Kirkland Ballet has another enticing program on the schedule for March 24, 25 & 26 with a preview performance on the 23rd. Located in the GKArts Center at 29 Jay Street in Dumbo, the company's intimate theater is an easy subway ride via the F-train (York Street) or the A/C-train (High Street).
The spring bill includes Leonid Yakobson's Eternal Spring, Village Don Juan, and The Jewish Wedding; Leonid Lavrosky’s Walpurgis Night; Petipa's Talisman; and Goleizovsky's Melodia. Tickets are available here.
This studio ballet company, which uses many students from the Gelsey Kirkland Academy, punches way above its weight season after season. Not only are there very good dancers to appreciate, but there are exceptional and unique artists as well.
Here is the video trailer for the upcoming series of performances: