Justin Peck and Patricia Delgado’s premiere “Sleep Well Beast”. Photo Credit: Ezra Hurwitz
Beginning October 1st and running through October 15, New York City Center celebrates the 15th Anniversary of its beloved Fall For Dance Festival.
Since 2013, the program, which draws thousands of loyal New York City dance fans, commissions a number of new works to be premiered at the festival, and among this season’s bevy of exciting content for dance fans, it includes six such premieres. Patricia Delgado and New York City Ballet, TONY® Winner, and recently announced choreographer of the film remake of West Side Story, Justin Peck will introduce audiences to a new piece called Sleep Well Beast, and Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Annabelle Lopez Ochoa will premiere her new piece, Balamouk.
Other premieres include tap dance star Caleb Teicher & Company’s piece called Bzzz, Royal Ballet and ABT dancer Gemma Bond’s piece titled Inner Voices, and Sonya Tayeh and Heather Christian’s Reclamation Map.
Most exciting to many dance fans is the premiere of Petrushka, created by choreographer Jennifer Weber. The piece will feature New York City Ballet star and recent Dancing With The Stars performer Tiler Peck, hiphop celeb Lil Buck, and a guest performer yet to be named.
Fall For Dance, which began in 2004, has been an enormous success for New York City Center, and has drawn over 300,000 audience members since it’s initial incarnation. The subsidized tickets the program features, offers patrons entrance to the show for, “the price of a movie ticket” and has introduced countless New York dance superstars and international icons to its viewers.
Each night of the festival will feature a line-up of one of five program options*. These different programs space out the world premieres and feature additional pieces and performances by well known and and respectable performers and companies.
Attendees can also expect to see performances from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company’s setting of Promethean Fire, Boston Ballet’s New York debut of Bach Cello Suites, a piece choreographed by Ballet Hispanico’s Michelle Manzanales, and a Sara
Mearns performance of Dances of Isadora Duncan—A Solo Tribute, staged by Lori Belilove.
Sara Mearns. Photo Credit: Sarah Sterner.
On most nights of the festival, attendees are invited to take a free dance class from a featured performer. Guest teachers include performers from Paul Taylor Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Ballet Hispánico.
New York City Center itself, also happens to be celebrating is 75th year, after it was founded in 1943 by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia with the intention of providing access to the performing arts to all. The program that, along with Fall For Dance, features City Center Encores!, which breathes new life into old musicals, and provides a home for Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club.
For more information on performances, dance classes, or tickets to Fall For Dance, visit New York City Center’s page, here.
Program 1—Mon Oct 1 & Tue Oct 2
Boston Ballet Bach Cello Suites* (NY Premiere) Jorma Elo
Sara Mearns Dances of Isadora Duncan—A Solo Tribute Lori Belilove, after Isadora Duncan
Caleb Teicher & Company Bzzz, New York City Center Commission (World Premiere) Caleb Teicher
Cie Hervé KOUBI The Barbarian Nights* Hervé Koubi
Program 2—Wed Oct 3 & Thu Oct 4
Pam Tanowitz Dance New Work for Goldberg Variations* Pam Tanowitz
Justin Peck & Patricia Delgado Sleep Well Beast, New York City Center Commission (World Premiere) Justin Peck
Gemma Bond Dance Inner Voices, New York City Center Commission (World Premiere) Gemma Bond
Paul Taylor Dance Company Promethean Fire Paul Taylor
Program 3—Fri Oct 5 & Sat Oct 6
Tayeh Dance with Heather Christian Reclamation Map, New York City Center Commission (World Premiere) Sonya Tayeh
Dance Theatre of Harlem Balamouk, New York City Center Commission (World Premiere) Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Nederlands Dans Theater 2 Midnight Raga (US Premiere) Marco Goecke
National Ballet of China The Crane Calling* (US Premiere) Ma Cong & Zhang Zhenxin
Program 4—Wed Oct 10 & Thu Oct 11
Herman Cornejo & Alina Cojocaru Excerpts from Rhapsody Frederick Ashton
INTRODANS Canto Ostinato Lucinda Childs
Tiler Peck, Lil Buck & Guest Artist TBA Petrushka, New York City Center Commission (World Premiere) Jennifer Weber
Rennie Harris Puremovement - American Street Dance Theater Rennie Harris Funkedified* Rennie Harris
Program 5—Fri Oct 12 & Sat Oct 13
Ballet Hispánico Con Brazos Abiertos Michelle Manzanales
Junior Cervila & Guadalupe Garcia TANGOS Junior Cervila & Guadalupe Garcia
Acosta Danza El Cruce sobre el Niágara Marianela Boán
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Stack-Up Talley Beatty