“City Ballet’s dancing is gorgeously alive.”
– The New York Times
New York City Ballet MOVES returns to Vail with an evening of masterpieces. The dynamic touring arm of one of the world’s most influential artistic forces shares the NYCB repertory with audiences around the world. NYCB MOVES will present Jerome Robbins’ revolutionary Dances at a Gathering set to Chopin piano pieces, and Alexei Ratmansky’s acclaimed Pictures at an Exhibition to Mussorgsky’s extraordinary music of the same title.
New York City Ballet MOVES: Joseph Gordon, Anthony Huxley, Russell Janzen, Lauren Lovette, Roman Mejia, Tiler Peck, Unity Phelan, Aaron Sanz , Gretchen Smith, Abi Stafford, Taylor Stanley, Andrew Veyette, Peter Walker, and Indiana Woodward
Dances at a Gathering
Dances at a Gathering, which premiered in 1969, heralded Jerome Robbins’ return to New York City Ballet after a 13-year absence. Inspired by Chopin’s piano music, Robbins quickly began choreographing in the rehearsal studio. When he showed 25 minutes of choreography to Balanchine, he said, “Make more, make it like popcorn,” pretending to pop popcorn into his mouth. The work eventually expanded to an hour in length with a cast of ten dancers.
Chopin’s mazurkas, waltzes, and études, groundbreaking at the time of their composition, are rooted in the Slavic character of his Polish homeland, yet still convey the elegance of Paris, where they were created. Robbins ultimately used 18 of Chopin’s piano pieces, creating dances for various duets, solos, and larger groupings. “The ballet stays and exists in the time of the music and its work,” wrote Robbins. “Nothing is out of it, I believe; all gestures and moods, steps, etc. are part of the fabric of the music’s time and its meaning to me.”
Music: Frédéric Chopin
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Pictures at an Exhibition
Created for New York City Ballet during the fall of 2014, Pictures at an Exhibition is Alexei Ratmansky’s fourth work for the Company. Using Modest Mussorgsky’s famed piano score, Pictures at an Exhibition, the ballet includes lighting design by Mark Stanley and the 10 dancers are costumed in designs by fashion designer Adeline Andre, a frequent collaborator of Ratmansky’s.
Music: Modest Mussorgsky
Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky
Photo by Paul Kolnik
Casting and repertory subject to change
GERALD R. FORD AMPHITHEATER
- $27 for 18 years and older
- Children ages 13-17 are $10 and 12 and under are FREE on the lawn when accompanied by a paying adult (no ticket needed)
- This performance is part of our ticket program Pay Your Age [18-30]. To purchase, you must do in person at the Box Office with valid proof of ID. Questions? Give us a call at 970.845.8497 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- It is also included in the following ticket packages: Encore Club Pass / $150 and Student and Faculty Lawn Pass / $56
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