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21st Century Choreographers III


Experience the sheer magic created by a quartet of modern choreographers in this program that showcases an all-new ballet by Pam Tanowitz and The Composer’s Holiday by Gianna Reisen. Christopher Wheeldon’s silently stunning pas de deux Liturgy is the next show on the list, followed by Justin Peck’s Belles-Lettres, which is set to a famous chamber music piece by César Franck.

Why You Should Watch 21st Century Choreographers III

The Composer’s Holiday is a Reisen masterpiece that has impressed critics and audiences alike. Gianna Reisen graduated from the School of American Ballet in 2017 and is presently a member of the L.A. Dance Project. She has been involved with choreography workshops at the New York Choreographic Institute and also at SAB before she was picked up by the Company for her first professional ballet performance ever. She is the youngest choreographer to have ever created a ballet for NYCB. Judah, her second piece with NYCB, was performed in 2018.

A composer born in 1935, in Estonia, Arvo Pärt has created numerous takes on Fratres, including the score for this performance, which features strings, violin and percussion. The title of the show, Liturgy, translates to ‘Brothers’, and the spiritual fervour of the music perfectly creates the vision of a medieval monastery in the spectators' minds. Christopher Wheeldon has always been attracted to the compositions of modern music composers. This is not the first time he was using Pärt’s music in a production. It was also used for a work titled, After the Rain. Wheeldon loves using a foundation of classical music to develop on pieces that are vastly contemporary in their feel.

The seventh ballet for the Company by the artistic advisor and resident choreographer of NYCB, Justin Peck, features a cast of nine performers. It was created in 2014, for the Fall gala, and showcases wonderful costumes created by Mary Katrantzou, a London-based fashion designer of Greek descent. The ballet is set to the mesmerising solo, ‘de piano Avec Accompagnement de Quintette à Cordes’, by composer César Franck. This is the first time ever that Franck’s music was added to the repertoire of the NYCB.

The Show

Composer's Holiday

The youngest choreographer to be commissioned by the NYCB, Gianna Reisen introduces a fresh liveliness to the big stage with her all-new work for the Company. It showcases nimble choreography which is set to a piano and violin interpretation of Three American Pieces by Lukas Foss. The title of the ballet, Composer’s Holiday, is derived from the third part of Foss’ music, which is designed for two solo musicians. The performance has a cast of 12 dexterous dancers and shows off the stunning costumes of Virgil Abloh, the American designer. The lighting for the show is handled by Mark Stanley.


This is a pensive pas de deux has a mellow and transcendental vibe that runs through the entirety performance. It features two dancers, who come apart from each other and then comes together in each other’s arms, with a constantly growing tension. It finishes off with them melting into the darkness together.


One of Justin Peck’s most sensual creations, Belles-Lettres is a wonderful layering of delicate lace-lettered clothes and composer Franck’s fantastic lyrical music. It is full of giddy pas de deux that slowly crescendos into an emotional climax.

New Tanowitz

Critically acclaimed by The New Yorker, Pam Tanowitz is well known for her precise and crisp steps, and intelligent style. The program features her second creation for the NYCB in the spring of 2020.

Good For

Lovers of Chamber Music | Lovers of Contemporary Productions

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Show Details

Show Timings

24th April 2020 8:00 PM
25th April 2020 2:00 PM
3rd May 2020 3:00 PM
5th May 2020 7:30 PM

1 hours and 55 minutes

New York City Ballet

Justin Peck, Pam Tanowitz, Christopher Wheeldon, and Gianna Reisen

Composed by
Lukas Foss, Arvo Pärt, and César Franck

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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