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21st Century Choreographers I


Witness a program that features a set of three spectacular dances by Contemporary Choreographers. It highlights the constantly updated repertoire of original pieces of the Company. Justin Peck’s Year of the Rabbit is accompanied by the third ballet created by Lauren Lovette this spring. It also showcases an enchanting romantic tale - Estancia by Christopher Wheeldon.

Why You Should Watch 21st Century Choreographers I

Justin Peck is the artistic advisor and the resident choreographer of the NYCB. This program features his second creation for the New York City Ballet, called Year of the Rabbit. It is a collaborative work with Sufjan Stevens, the famous American singer-songwriter. The ballet is set to Sufjan’s popular Enjoy Your Rabbit, an electronic music album that has a set of songs with themes revolving around the Chinese Zodiac. The score is orchestrated beautifully by Michael Atkinson, and was created solely to serve the ballet. This ballet is a magnificent depiction of Peck’s Tales of a Chinese Zodiac, which was choreographed for the New York Choreography Institute in 2010.

Estancia was created in 2010, for the NYCB. It is performed to a score by Alberto Ginastera. The music was first commissioned in 1941, by Lincoln Kirstein, after he watched Panambi, Ginastera’s ballet in Buenos Aires. Nearly 70 years later, the show finally arrived at NYCB, with Wheeldon choreographing it. Estancia has some of the most jaw-dropping costumes created by Carlos Campos, the fashion designer from New York, alongside splendid set design by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

The Show

Year of the Rabbit

This ballet by Justin Peck shows off a constantly morphing kaleidoscope of visually stunning figures, blending six dance performances into the corps de ballet.

New Lovette (Dun)

This is the principal dancer, Lauren Lovellette's third ballet for the Company which was featured at the Fall Gala. It is built on the foundation of a wonderful collection of choreography.


Estancia, by Christopher Wheeldon, goes over the tale of a city-boy who learns to herd horses and eventually wins the love of a beautiful country-girl on the Pampas of Argentina. It features a number of rich, painted landscapes that are created by Santiago Calatrava that help create the mood of the countryside. It is a passionate performance that is accentuated by the fabulous costumes and the ever-shifting sets.

Good For

Lovers of Electronic Music | Fans of Ballets with Romantic Themes

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Show Timings

21st, 23rd, 28th, 29th, and 30th April 2020 7:30 PM
1st May 2020 8:00 PM

2 hours and 3 minutes, with 1 intermission

New York City Ballet

Justin Peck, Lauren Lovette, Christopher Wheeldon

Composed by
Sufjan Stevens, Michael P. Atkinson, Tan Dun, Alberto Ginastera

Important Information
Photo and video recording are not allowed during the show.

Additional Information

Suitable for all ages. No entry for children below age 4.

Available Facilities
Wheelchair Accessible
In-house Bar
Coat Check

The David H. Koch Theatre has a seating capacity of 2586.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.

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