This studio series takes audiences beyond the proscenium for intimate conversations and live performance excerpts from the great dance artists of today. To celebrate our 75th Anniversary, we’re expanding the series to nearly twice the size, with many events focusing on City Center’s historic impact on the New York dance community.
Past Studio 5 Events
(2018 – 2019 Season)
THE BALANCHINE WOMAN
Thu Oct 25, 2018
Heather Watts and Tiler Peck take you into the studio as they reflect and delve into some of the iconic Balanchine roles made during Balanchine’s time at New York City Center. They are joined by Roman Mejia and Jared Angle in performing these pieces, with Cameron Grant on piano, for this special rehearsal-style event celebrating Balanchine at New York City Center.
BUT FIRST A SCHOOL: THE MAKING OF A BALANCHINE DANCER
Mon Oct 29, 2018
The School of American Ballet’s Co-Chairman of Faculty Kay Mazzo and faculty members will explain key principles of George Balanchine’s aesthetic and show how his technique is taught to dancers at the school he founded in 1934. Young Balanchine dancers-in-the-making now training at the school, along with stars of New York City Ballet, will demonstrate and perform.
ROBBINS CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
PART 1: Mon Nov 12, 2018
PART 2: Mon Nov 26, 2018
In a two-part Studio 5 event, we celebrate the centenary of Jerome Robbins and the great ballets he created for New York City Ballet during the company's City Center years. Both unique evenings will be moderated by NYCB principal Adrian Danchig-Waring, with NYCB dancers performing excerpts from selected Robbins classics.
THE GREAT MODERNS AT CITY CENTER
Mon Jan 28, 2019
New York Times chief dance critic Alastair Macaulay hosts an evening of discussion and performance focusing on some of the great modern masters who have had their home seasons at City Center throughout the decades. Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and Paul Taylor will be among the choreographers whose careers and work will be featured.
FROM BALANCHINE TO BERGASSE: BALLET IN MUSICAL THEATER
Mon Mar 4, 2019
Emmy winner and Tony nominee Joshua Bergasse discusses the process for taking on the choreography for the Encores! production of I Married an Angel, which was originally choreographed by the legendary George Balanchine. With demonstration by NYCB principal dancer Sara Mearns.
FROM BALLET THEATRE TO ABT
PART 1: Mon Mar 18
ABT Studio Company dancers showcase notable works from ABT’s repertoire from the early years of their regular seasons at New York City Center, which date back to the 1940s.
THE CITY CENTER JOFFREY BALLET
Mon Apr 8, 2019
The Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director Ashley Wheater leads a discussion about iconic works from the period when the company was called The City Center Joffrey Ballet. Joffrey dancers will be on hand to perform excerpts of historic work, and other special guests will join the conversation.
FROM BALLET THEATRE TO ABT
PART 2: Mon Apr 22, 2019
ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie explores the years that defined ABT’s tenure at City Center with dancers and guests from the Company.
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75th Anniversary Season Sponsors
Stacey and Eric Mindich