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City Center Dance Festival

Dance

Mainstage

Mar 24 – Apr 10, 2022

Tickets start at $35

Overview

Overview

The first City Center Dance Festival showcases New York companies making their triumphant return to the City Center stage after more than two years away.

Paul Taylor Dance Company
Mar 24 – 27 & 29 – 31

Ballet Hispánico
Apr 1 – 3

Dance Theatre of Harlem
Apr 5, 8 – 10

Martha Graham Dance Company
Apr 6, 7, 9 & 10

Paul Taylor Dance Company is one of the world’s most iconic modern dance companies. Three diverse programs showcase Taylor classics including Airs, Roses, and the masterpiece Esplanade, alongside works by the next generation of dance makers—Larry Keigwin’s Rush Hour and a world premiere by Lauren Lovette.

The nation’s renowned Latinx dance organization and one of America’s cultural treasures, Ballet Hispánico celebrates 50 years of dance, access, and innovation. In the full-length world premiere Doña Perón: The Rise and Fall of a Diva, sought-after choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa presents an explosive portrait of Eva “Evita” Perón, whose ambition and conflicting desires fed her life as an activist and feminist leader.

The multi-ethnic Dance Theatre of Harlem delivers a powerful vision for ballet in the 21st century with forward-thinking repertoire of treasured classics and innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate Black culture. The company presents recent works including the New York premiere of Resident Choreographer Robert Garland’s Higher Ground, Claudia Schreier’s Passage, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Balamouk with live music by The Klezmatics.

Martha Graham Dance Company has been a leader in the evolving art form of modern dance since its founding in 1926. Graham’s Acts of Light, presented in New York for the first time in 15 years, and the iconic Appalachian Spring, share the stage with a world premiere by Hofesh Shechter and the premiere of a new Canticle for Innocent Comediansreimagined by eight extraordinary choreographers.

For this momentous return to in-person live performances, City Center will operate a fully vaccinated venue. As such, artists, crew, staff, and audience members will need to provide proof of their Covid-19 vaccination. Our latest health, safety & ticket policies ensure you feel confident purchasing today.

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Programming subject to change.

Photos: Ballet Hispanico, photo by Rachel Neville; Dance Theatre of Harlem, photo by Rachel Neville; Martha Graham Dance Company, photo by Melissa Sherwood; Paul Taylor Dance Company, photo by Paul B. Goode

Programs

Programs

Paul Taylor Dance Company

Mar 24 – 27, 29 – 31
Week 1: Thu – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm
Week 2: Tue – Thu 7:30pm

Program A | Mar 24, 26, 29
Roses
Choreography by Paul Taylor
Music by Richard Wagner / Heinrich Baermann

World Premiere
Choreography by Lauren Lovette
Music by Alberto Ginastera

Brandenburgs
Choreography by Paul Taylor
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach

Program B | Mar 25, 27, 30
Offenbach Overtures
Choreography by Paul Taylor
Music by Jacques Offenbach

Airs
Choreography by Paul Taylor
Music by George Frideric Handel

Rush Hour
Choreography by Larry Keigwin
Music by Adam Crystal

Program C | Mar 31
Roses
Choreography by Paul Taylor
Music by Richard Wagner / Heinrich Baermann

Offenbach Overtures
Choreography by Paul Taylor
Music by Jacques Offenbach

Esplanade
Choreography by Paul Taylor
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach


Ballet Hispánico

Apr 1 – 3
Fri 7:30pm, Sat 2 & 7:30pm, Sun 2pm

Program | Apr 1 – 3
Doña Perón: The Rise and Fall of a Diva World Premiere
Choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music by Peter Salem


Dance Theatre of Harlem

Apr 5, 8 – 10
Tue 7pm, Fri 7:30pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 5pm

Gala | Apr 5
A special evening celebrating the power of diversity onstage and off

Repertory Program | Apr 8 & 10
Higher Ground NY Premiere
Choreography by Robert Garland
Music by Gary Byrd, Michael Sembello, Stevie Wonder, and Syreeta Wright

Passage NY Premiere
Choreography by Claudia Schreier
Music by Jesse Montgomery

Balamouk (Extended) NY Premiere
Choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music by René Aubry, Lisa Gerrard, and Les Yeux Noirs

Matinee | Apr 9
Higher Ground
NY Premiere
Choreography by Robert Garland
Music by Gary Byrd, Michael Sembello, Stevie Wonder, and Syreeta Wright

Odalisques Variations from Le Corsaire
Staged by Dylan Santos after Marius Petipa
Music by Adolphe Adam, Cesare Pugni

Balamouk (Extended) NY Premiere
Choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music by René Aubry, Lisa Gerrard, and Les Yeux Noirs

Martha Graham Dance Company

Apr Apr 6, 7, 9 & 10
Wed 7:30pm, Thu 7pm, Sat 7:30pm, Sun 1pm

Program A | Apr 6 & 9
Acts of Light
Choreography by Martha Graham
Music by Carl Nielsen

World Premiere
Choreography by Hofesh Shechter
Music by Sam Shephard

Canticle for Innocent Comedians
Choreography by Sade and Kristina Alleyne, Sir Robert Cohan, Jenn Freeman, Martha Graham, Juliano Nunes, Sonya Tayeh, Micaela Taylor, and Yin Yue
Music by Jason Moran

Gala | Apr 7
Canticle for Innocent Comedians
Choreography by Sade and Kristina Alleyne, Sir Robert Cohan, Jenn Freeman, Martha Graham, Juliano Nunes, Sonya Tayeh, Micaela Taylor, and Yin Yue
Music by Jason Moran

World Premiere (excerpt)
Choreography by Hofesh Shechter
Music by Sam Shephard

Program B | Apr 10
Appalachian Spring
Choreography by Martha Graham
Music by Aaron Copland

Canticle for Innocent Comedians
Choreography by Sade and Kristina Alleyne, Sir Robert Cohan, Jenn Freeman, Martha Graham, Juliano Nunes, Sonya Tayeh, Micaela Taylor, and Yin Yue
Music by Jason Moran

 

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Our inaugural City Center Dance Festival would not be possible without the generosity of supporters like you. If you are able, we hope you will consider making a gift to help celebrate the return of these New York dance companies to the City Center stage.  

Sponsors

Sponsors

Leadership Support is provided by
The Lynne and Richard Pasculano Fund for Programming and Education

Major Support for dance at New York City Center is provided by
Howard Gilman Foundation
FORD FOUNDATION

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

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