NYCB WINTER SEASON 2020/Overview
January 8, 2020
The new year will see two world premieres at NYCB by Alexei Ratmansky on Jan. 30 and Justin Peck on Feb. 26.
Another event will feature Michael Trusnovec performing modern dance pioneer Paul Taylor's solo in Balanchines's "Episodes" on Feb. 6 , 9, 26 and 29. Originally created for NYC Ballet in 1959 as a collaboration between Martha Graham and George Balanchine, "Episodes" featured a legendary solo for Paul Taylor, then a member of Graham's Company, in Balanchine's portion of the ballet. Rarely performed, the solo was last seen in 1989 performed by Peter Frame who was taught the ballet by Paul Taylor. Peter Frame taught the solo to Miami City Ballet dancer.
Last winter, Michael Trusnovec (former star of the Paul Taylor Dance Co.) performed the solo with the Taylor Company, but since Peter Frame passed away, he was tutored by the Miami City Ballet dancer. However, in 1987, Peter Frame appeared on an EYE ON DANCE television program focused on "Episodes" and described Paul Taylor's instructions. He also performed sections of the solo live--on the TV set -- explaining the process and Taylor's comments. This became another valuable tool in Trusnovec's search for the solo's truth.
NYC Ballet's enticing season's includes new works by Ratmansky who will employ a selection of pieces from "Voices and Piano," a cycle of works for piano and recorded voice by the experimental Austrian composer Peter Ablinger. Justin Peck's newly minted ballet will be set to a commissioned score by Nico Muhly--their first collaboration for NYC Ballet.
These debuts will be surrounded by a splendid repertory that includes ballets by Jerome Robbins, Chirstopher Wheeldon, and Peter Martins' full length "Swan Lake."
Opening night will also included the presentation of the 2020 Janice Levin Dancer Award to the exciting corps de ballet dancer Baily Jones. Bestowed on a promising member of NYCB's corps de ballet and endowed by Mrs. Levin, the award will be presented to Jones by NYCB Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford. The season runs from Jan. 21 - March 1
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Celia Ipiotis