10 formidable forces unite on stage performing a work conceived by JR & music by Woodkid
New York City Ballet - 21st Century Choreographers IDavid H. Koch Theater (20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY) Map it $29
Ten of today’s most formidable forces unite on the NYCB stage. From the established voices who ushered ballet into the 21st Century, to the next generation who are pushing the art form even further, see the movement that is inspiring today’s dancers and dance-goers.
This week also includes a pièce d'occasion conceived by 2014 Art Series collaborator JR, featuring guest artist Lil Buck and original music by Woodkid.
21ST CENTURY CHOREOGRAPHERS I
Barber Violin Concerto (Barber/Martins)
This Bitter Earth (Washington, Richter/Wheeldon)
Herman Schmerman Pas de Deux (Willems/Forsythe)
Namouna, A Grand Divertissement (Lalo/Ratmansky)
One of Martins’ most popular works, Barber Violin Concerto contrasts a classical couple with a bare-footed modern couple as they interchange partners. Wheeldon’s brief but heartfelt pas de deux explores Dinah Washington’s soulful rendition of “This Bitter Earth” as remixed by British composer Max Richter. Forsythe marries his signature angular choreography with pedestrian mannerisms in a pas de deux set to an electronic score. Using classical conventions in a new way, Ratmansky’s epic Namouna, A Grand Divertissement distills a 19th-century story into a highly-stylized series of athletic and humorous dances full of dramatic texture.