Tuesday (8/11) on the New York Times blog ArtsBeat, Julie Bloom reports, “Since 1964, New York City Ballet has called Lincoln Center home. In honor of the campus’s 50th anniversary, the ballet company will present a yearlong retrospective of its repertory, beginning with an opening-night benefit in the David H. Koch Theater on Nov. 24. The performance, which will be the company’s first in the theater since it was renovated, will feature a world premiere by Peter Martins to a John Adams score. Another world premiere, by the Russian choreographer Alexey Miroshnichenko, as well as 11 ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins and five full-length ballets, including ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Swan Lake,’ are a few of the highlights of the eight-week winter season, beginning Jan. 5. New choreography will be the focus of the spring season, starting May 4, with world premieres by Mr. Martins, Melissa Barak, Mauro Bigonzetti, Wayne McGregor, Benjamin Millepied, Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon. Accompanying the new ballets will be four commissioned scores by Bruno Moretti, Thierry Escaich, Jay Greenberg and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Adding to the mix, the architect Santiago Calatrava will also collaborate in a yet unspecified way with the company during the 2010 season.”

Posted August 12, 2009