Be Here Now: The New York City Ballet @ SPAC, Saratoga
Summer’s officially here: The New York City Ballet rolls into SPAC for its annual summer residency on Tuesday, July 6. This hallowed Nippertown tradition (now in its 45th season) may be pared back a bit from former years, but it’s still offering world-class performances in a wide range of styles, from classical to neo-classical to contemporary.
This season’s highlights include Balanchine’s beloved “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (a re-telling of Shakespeare’s play) and “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale. Also slated are several popular works by Jerome Robbins, Ulysses Dove and Peter Martins, as well as new ballets by Alexi Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon.
Tuesday is opening night, featuring an All-American program that pairs American choreographers and composers in four ballets:
- Fancy Free: A young Jerome Robbins pairs up with with the still unknown Leonard Bernstein to create this tale of three sailors on a hot summer night, performing a dance-off to impress the ladies.
- Red Angels: a modern, abstract ballet that shows off the dancers’ speed and athleticism. Choreography by Ulysses Dove, set to “Maxwell’s Demon,” a work by Richard Einhorn.
- Barber Violin Concerto: Two pairs of dancers, one classical and one modern, are a study in contrasts as they engage in a little pas de deux-swapping. Choreography by Peter Martins with music by Samuel Barber.
- Who Cares? Based on seventeen classic George Gershwin songs, choreographed by George Balanchine.
Ticket prices start at $18 for lawn tix; inside seating ranges from $26 – $72.50. The “GE Kids in Free” promotion entitles children 12 and under to free lawn admission for classical performances (excluding the Gala and American Girl Night); Citizens Bank’s Student Discount entitles middle school, high school and college students to lawn admission for just $10.
Pssst! We’ve got a pair of lawn tickets for Tuesday’s opening night performance of the NYC Ballet @ SPAC, and we’re going to give them away to a lucky Nippertown reader. To enter the drawing, just leave a comment below telling us what you’re doing (or wish you were doing) for the 4th of July. Be sure to enter a working email (we won’t publish it), so we can notify you if you win. We’ll draw a name at random and announce the winner on Tuesday morning. Congratulations, Shannon Katie!