Fall Preview

by Michael Mahany | 9/5/2017 2:29 PM


The Tuesday after Labor Day in New York City there’s always a palpable shift in the energy in town. Summer Fridays are over, everyone is back from vacation, and between the humid heat comes a welcome brisk breeze in the air. In honor of all the dancers going back to work and back to school today, we wanted to give you a small fall preview of what’s coming up in New York City this autumn— and there’s some REALLY exciting stuff.


What’s happening in the New York City DANCE WORLD this fall? Here’s the low down:


New York City Ballet


Robert Fairchild and Sterling Hyltin in the 2015 staging of Swan Lake. Photo Credit: Paul Kolnik for NYCB


New York City Ballet always has a ton of awesome work in their fall schedule, but this season is going to be exciting. September starts with a re-staging of Peter Martin’s Swan Lake running for two weeks, then, the company heads into a late September/early October mash-up of their Here/Now series, All Balanchine (which will feature three different Balachine pieces), 20th Century Violin Concertos, and 21st Century Choreographers (which will feature new works from emerging choreographers including NYCB resident choreographer Justin Peck). They’ll end the Fall season going into the Holidays, with their annual production of Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.


American Ballet Theatre


Thirteen Diversions. Photo Credit: American Ballet Theatre


ABT’s Fall schedule is ready to battle with NYCB for sure, featuring a number of original pieces from master choreographers Alexei Ratmansky and Benjamin Millepied. Fans of ABT’s Misty Copeland won’t be disappointed either, she’s scheduled to appear in four different performances throughout the fall: Thirteen Diversions, Her Notes, Symphonic Variations, and the aforementioned Millepeid World Premiere (…and that doesn’t include her guest performances in The Sleeping Beauty in Australia. Misty’s got a BUSY Autumn!).


Danza Highbridge Festival


Photo Credit: United Palace of Cultural Arts


Every Fall this festival brings different choreographers together to build pieces that are performed in the huge drained out public pool in Washington Heights’ Highbridge Park. According to the United Palace of Cultural Arts which hosts the event, audience members can expect to see performances and choreography by Arielle Rosales of House of Duende, Katie Drablos, Karla Puno Garcia, Milteri Tucker and Bombazo Dance Company, R.Evolución Latina, Stephanie Klemons, ThruLines Dance Initiative, ZEST Collective DANCE, and Dance Project of Washington Heights. It’s an incredible atmosphere in a beautiful park combined with awesome dance. Not to be missed… and, it’s free!


Extra: Read the Dance Network feature about The United Palace of Cultural Arts’ Danza Debuts featuring choreographers Cassie Nordgren and SYTYCD’s Virgil Gadson.


New Adventures


Photo Credit: New York City Center


Matthew Bourne’s company New Adventures brings The Red Shoes to New York to debut at the New York City Center this October and November. New York City dance fans will be delighted to know that NYCB’s Sara Mearns will share the lead role of Victoria Page with New Adventures star Ashley Shaw, and ABT’s Marcelo Gomes will share the role of composer Julian Craster with New Adventures dancer Dominic North. This is Bourne’s first new ballet in four years, and after it’s success across the pond, it’s sure to ignite flames in the city that never sleeps.


Curious what’s going coming to Broadway this Fall? We’ve got you covered there, too:


SpongeBob SquarePants The Musical


Photo Credit: SpongeBob SquarePants on Broadway


That’s right! The zany television series that began in the late ’90’s is now a Broadway musical. After a summer 2016 out-of-town run in Chicago, the musical featuring SpongeBob, Sandy Cheeks, Patrick, and a whole ensemble of dancers will begin preview performances at the Palace Theatre on November 6th.


The new musical features a score by a whole host of pop and rock musicians, including Sara Bareilles, Lady Antebellum, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At The Disco, David Bowie, and so many more. The musical is co-concieved and directed by writer and The GhostLight Project founder Tina Landau.


Extra: Read Dance Network’s feature on The GhostLight Project


The Band’s Visit


Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub in The Band’s Visit. Photo Credit: The New York Times


This new Broadway musical enjoyed a highly acclaimed and much rewarded off-Broadway run at the Atlantic Theatre Company, and will begin performances this fall at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. It’s the beautiful story of an Egyptian police band that ends up in the middle of the Israeli desert, and, “celebrates the deeply human ways music, longing and laughter can connect us all”.


Once On This Island

Photo Credit: Broadway.com


Jacobs Pillow Award winner and Guggenheim Fellow Camille A. Brown is set to choreograph this highly anticipated revival which hasn't been seen on Broadway since 1990. Director Michael Arden, who received a TONY® nomination for the revival of Spring Awakening back in 2015, helms the production. Lea Solanga stars along side new-comer Hailey Kilgore, who will play Ti Moune. Kilgore was discovered for the role after a nation wide casting search this passed spring and summer. Performances begin at Broadway’s Circle In The Square Theatre on November 9th.


It’s gonna be a stellar fall here in town, so stay with Dance Network all autumn long for the latest in New York City Dance. Better yet, snag your subscription today!