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New York City Center's 13th Annual

Fall for Dance Festival

  • Mainstage
  • Sep 26 - Oct 8, 2016
  • All seats $15

  • Overview

    Experience the very best the dance world has to offer at the 13th annual Fall for Dance Festival, where you’ll see world-renowned companies performing alongside daring new artists. The Festival’s five programs feature three world premieres and a more international slate of companies than ever before. Whether it's the exuberant Brazilian troupe Grupo Corpo, the supremely beautiful Hong Kong Ballet, or the primal power of Australia's Bangarra Dance Theatre, this year’s Festival will introduce you to an entire world of dance.

    We’re thrilled to continue Fall for Dance’s commissioning program with a new work from Elizabeth Streb, a brilliantly kinetic choreographer who routinely asks her “action-hero” dancers to plunge from great heights and smash through panes of glass. The second Fall for Dance commission will bring together two of today’s most celebrated ballet stars, Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo, in a duet created for them by world-renowned choreographer Wayne McGregor. Ferri is just one of the legendary ballerinas coming to Fall for Dance. The Festival also features New York City Ballet icon Wendy Whelan and international ballet star Alina Cojocaru—who will dance in Frederick Ashton’s rarely-seen 1963 masterpiece Marguerite and Armand.



    Lead Sponsor
    Bloomberg Philanthropies

    Sustaining Sponsor

    Arts Access Fund


    Presenting Partners
    Jody and John Arnhold
    Barbara and David Zalaznick
    Perry and Marty Granoff
    Caroline Howard Hyman

    Major Support is provided by

    Jay Franke and David Herro

    Support for Fall for Dance Commissions is provided by
    Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

    Leadership Support for Dance at City Center is provided by

    Support for the Artistic Innovation Fund is provided by
    Lisa and Richard Witten

  • Schedule

    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 and TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 at 8pm
    STREB Extreme Action, AIRSLICE (World Premiere, FFD Commission), Elizabeth Streb
    Dada Masilo/The Dance Factory, Spring (World Premiere), Dada Masilo
    American Ballet Theatre, Monotones II, Frederick Ashton
    Farruquito, Mi Soledad (Solea) (NY Premiere), Farruquito

    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 and THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 at 8pm
    Richard Alston Dance Company with Montclair State University Vocal Accord, Rejoice in the Lamb (NY Premiere), Richard Alston
    Aszure Barton & Artists, Awáa, Aszure Barton
    Wendy Whelan and Edward Watson, The Ballad of Mack and Ginny (US Premiere), Arthur Pita
    Grupo Corpo, Suíte Branca (NY Premiere), Cassi Abranches

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 and SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 at 8pm
    CCN de la Rochelle / Cie Accrorap, Opus 14 (US Premiere), Kader Attou
    Ayodele Casel, While I Have the Floor, Ayodele Casel
    Hong Kong Ballet, Shape of Glow (US Premiere), Jorma Elo
    Bangarra Dance Theatre, Spirit (US Premiere), Stephen Page & Djakapurra Munyarryun

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 and THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6 at 8pm
    Jessica Lang Dance, Tesseracts of Time (NY Premiere), Jessica Lang
    Royal Ballet Flanders, Fall (US Premiere), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Cry, Alvin Ailey
    Alina Cojocaru, Friedemann Vogel, Johan Kobborg
    The Sarasota Ballet, Marguerite and Armand, Frederick Ashton

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 and SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 at 8pm
    Shantala Shivalingappa, Shiva Tarangam, Shantala Shivalingappa
    Nederlands Dans Theater, Woke up Blind (US Premiere), Marco Goecke
    Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo, Witness (World Premiere, FFD Commission), Wayne McGregor
    Cloud Gate 2, Beckoning (US Premiere), Cheng Tsung-Lung

  • Master Classes

    Fall for Dance Master Classes

    Join the artists of Fall for Dance for these intensely rewarding Master Classes! Registration is required, and all classes are $15.



    CCN de la Rochelle / Cie Accrorap
    Saturday, October 1
    12 – 2pm
    Participants will work with the vocabulary of hip hop to explore rhythm and music in space, and develop their personal aesthetic through improvisations in the style of choreographer Kader Attou.
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    Wendy Whelan
    Saturday, October 8
    12 – 2pm
    Wendy Whelan, former principal dancer with New York City Ballet and international dance icon, leads a Balanchine based master class with a focus on energy, correct and healthy body alignment, musicality, economy of movement and speed.
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    Fall for Dance Master Classes will be held in the Barbara and David Zalaznick Studio on 130 West 56th Street.

  • Pre-Show Events

    As always, we’re delighted to offer free pre-show dance lessons to ticketholders for select performances. Join us at 6:45pm in City Center’s beautiful Grand Tier Lobby to pick up a few moves from members of STREB Extreme Action (9/26), Farruquito (9/27), Jonathan Emanuell Alsberry of Aszure Barton & Artists (9/28 and 9/29), members of Bangarra Dance Theatre (9/30), former Ailey company member Renee Robinson (10/5), and members of Cloud Gate 2 (10/7). Dance lessons are open to all ability levels.

    For just $15, more advanced dancers can sign up for intensive Fall for Dance Master Classes led by Cie Accrorap (10/1 Sat 12pm) and Wendy Whelan (10/8 Sat 12pm).

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