Origins and Development
Years ago, Lincoln Kirstein dreamt of having an American ballet which would serve to the native community with its premium entertainment facilities. This dream was realized in 1948 with the help of George Balanchine, one of the world’s finest ballet masters. These two men formed the Ballet Society and presented a number of shows at the City Center for Music and Drama. In 1964, The City Ballet became the resident company at the magnificent New York State Theater, now known as the David H. Koch Theater.
City Ballet became the first company in the US to have two venue engagements after Saratoga Performing Arts Center became its permanent home for the summer season in 1966. In the following years, a series of home productions and festivals held by the company established it as one of the most notable players in the business. Among these early presentations, Salute to Italy, Ravel Festival, Tchaikovsky Festival and American Music Festival are the most prominent. Today, City Ballet is the country’s largest dance company with an effective repertory of more than 150 works.
The New York City Ballet was created by the duo, Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine after their tireless efforts. Balanchine’s artistic approach mixed with Kirstein’s profound vision formed the basis of a facility that would become the country’s ballet hub in the coming years. They were joined by Jerome Robbins who took over as the Assistant Artistic Director of the company in 1948. A known name of the world of theater, Robbins took the company to the peak of success with his matchless creative energy.
Peter Martins joined the City Ballet in 1967 as the lead dancer in Balanchine’s Apollo. Due to his tremendous talent, he was titled Ballet Master of the company in 1981. Following the death of Robbins, Martins assumed the role of sole director of the company in 1989. Since 1990, he has guided and directed the City Ballet with his reflective leadership.
The New York City Ballet is famous for its outclass home productions that include the works of Tchaikovsky and Balanchine along with a string of modern routines. Among these, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet are regular presentations. These shows feature wonderful orchestral arrangements and sleek ballet sequences by the resident professionals.
Representing the brilliant score of Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker is an adventurous ride to the wondrous world of sweets and is a must see holiday show. Swan Lake, with its unique arty elements and spectacular choreography by Peter Martins, revives the dramatic ballet. Besides these shows, more than sixty spectacular productions are presented in the winter season along with twenty in the summers at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Ballet at its Best
Combining aesthetics and perfection in its productions, The New York City Ballet presents its shows with absolute conviction and beauty. This is the reason that The New York City Ballet tickets sell out fast, making it one of the most watched shows of the country. Witness the grandeur of one of the compelling productions by the City Ballet without delaying any further.