15th Fall for Dance Festival



Oct 1 – 13, 2018




The New York Times

Join us for a season of milestones! City Center’s 75th year brings the 15th anniversary of Fall for Dance, with six world premiere commissions by an extraordinary breadth of creators. They range from the renowned Annabelle Lopez Ochoa for Dance Theatre of Harlem and New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck, to rising talent Gemma Bond; the award-winning Jennifer Weber for superstars Tiler Peck and Lil Buck; plus new works by tap dance wiz Caleb Teicher and contemporary choreographer Sonya Tayeh. The beloved Sara Mearns interprets Isadora Duncan, and ballet legends Herman Cornejo and Alina Cojocaru unite to enchant. The National Ballet of China and NDT2 bring US premieres, Paul Taylor Dance Company and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater perform favorites, and more. Fall for Dance is famous for its affordable tickets, as well as its geographic and stylistic diversity. The five programs—many with live music—will challenge, delight, and acquaint viewers with astonishing artistry. Fall in love with dance all over again!

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Free Dance Lessons

Come early for free dance lessons in City Center’s beautiful Grand Tier lobby from 6:45-7:30pm before select performances. The classes are free for that evening’s ticket holders. 

Oct 2: Caleb Teicher & Company
Oct 3 & Oct 4: Paul Taylor Dance Company
Oct 5 & 6: Dance Theatre of Harlem 
Oct 10: Junior Cervila & Guadalupe Garcia  
Oct 12: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 
Oct 13: Ballet Hispánico

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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

*Adapted for Fall for Dance

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75th Anniversary Kick-Off Party on the Opening Night of Fall for Dance!

75th Anniversary Kick-Off Party on the Opening Night of Fall for Dance!

The celebration of City Center’s 75th Anniversary kicks off on October 1 at 6:30pm, the opening night of our 15th annual Fall for Dance Festival, with pre-performance festivities including pop-up performances by Caleb Teicher and Friends and MOVE(NYC). The general public and Fall for Dance audience members are invited to come early to enjoy a free glass of bubbly, live music, and light snacks available for purchase while they take in the Nina Robinson's life-size photographs of City Center artists. And ticket holders can see an extensive archive exhibit examining City Center’s rich history and a special commission from world-renowned conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner.

Learn about all the extraordinary programming and ancillary events we have lined up for our 75th Anniversary Season



75h Anniversary Season Sponsors
Stacey and Eric Mindich
Howard Gilman Foundation logo

Lead Sponsor

Major support is provided by
Jody and John Arnhold

Sustaining Sponsor
Ford Foundation

Presenting Partners
Perry and Marty Granoff
Caroline Howard Hyman
Denise R. Sobel
Barbara and David Zalaznick

Support for new dance works at New York City Center is provided by
Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Additional Support is provided by
The SHS Foundation
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.

Arts Access Fund
Jerome L. Green Foundation
Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund

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

Leadership Support for Dance at New York City Center is provided by
The Harkness Foundation for Dance