21st Century Choreography II | May 4, 6, 9, 13, 16, 2023
David H. Koch Theater
- World Premiere by Alysa Pires
- World Premiere by Christopher Wheeldon
- The Times Are Racing by Justin Peck
The development of the Pires premiere began during a Working Session of the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet, in the spring of 2019. During that session Pires collaborated with composer Jack Frerer from the Juilliard School of Music, who wrote an original score for Pires’ creation.
Since then Pires and Frerer have continued to work together, and for the Spring Gala they have created a new piece that expands on some of the ideas from the Institute session. Pires’ Spring Gala World Premiere is set to a new score by Frerer, commissioned by NYCB, for full orchestra and saxophone. The costume design for the Pires premiere will be by Dana Osborne, with lighting design by Mark Stanley.
Born in Victoria, Canada, Pires has created numerous works for Canadian dance companies, and was a Choreographic Associate at The National Ballet of Canada from 2019 to 2022.
Wheeldon, a New York City-based director and choreographer, danced with NYCB from 1993 through 2000, and then became NYCB’s first-ever Resident Choreographer, a position he held until 2008.
In addition to his work with NYCB, Wheeldon has created ballets for The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet, among others. In addition, Wheeldon’s work on Broadway includes directing and choreographing the Tony Award-winning productions of An American in Paris (2016) and MJ the Musical, which is currently running.
The work will be set to Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht. The visual designs for the new Wheeldon ballet are being created by the acclaimed American artist Kylie Manning, and will feature both costumes and large-scale backdrops, which the artist describes as sister paintings to those in her current solo exhibition at Pace Gallery in Geneva, Switzerland. The lighting for the ballet will be designed by Mary Louise Geiger.