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Welcome to City Ballet The Podcast, an exploration of New York City Ballet where we'll journey through our history, delve into our new and existing repertory, and reveal insider tidbits. Each season of City Ballet The Podcast features episodes that span three topics: New Combinations hosted by Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan, Hear the Dance hosted by dance educator and former NYCB dancer Silas Farley, and See the Music hosted by Music Director Andrew Litton.
 
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For this season’s final episode, Artistic Director Jonathon Stafford and Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan sat down to reflect on the concluding Digital Season, and to look forward to our return to the stage this fall. From the technical challenges of curating footage to the emotional heights of revisiting these performances, this unpreceden…
 
With just days to go before the world premiere of his newest work for the Company, Resident Choreographer Justin Peck joins host and Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan for the latest episode of New Combinations. Beginning with his early years as a tap dancer and his invitation to enroll at the School of American Ballet by lasting mentor Peter…
 
This season of City Ballet The Podcast continues with a fresh edition of New Combinations. Host and Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan is joined by choreographer Kyle Abraham in the lead up to the premiere of his latest work for NYCB, When We Fell, a dance film choreographed on eight NYCB dancers during a COVID-compliant residency. Abraham de…
 
Host Silas Farley and guest Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s discussion of the 1972 Stravinsky Festival continues in this second part of a special Hear the Dance episode dedicated to Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto. Bonnefoux recalls the excitement of performing in the premiere of this seminal neoclassical work in the same week as a revival of Balan…
 
Hear the Dance host and former NYCB dancer Silas Farley is back for the newest two-part episode of City Ballet The Podcast. Farley is joined by former Principal Dancer Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux for a lively discussion of Balanchine’s neoclassical masterpiece, Stravinsky Violin Concerto. In this first half of their conversation, Bonnefoux describes join…
 
NYCB Music Director Andrew Litton hosts a new See the Music edition of City Ballet The Podcast, exploring the score to Balanchine’s ode to classical dance, Theme and Variations. Set to the final, eponymous movement of Tschaikovsky’s Orchestral Suite No. 3, the ballet, as Litton describes, corresponds to the many shifts in tone, pace, and featured i…
 
The second part of our Hear the Dance exploration of Balanchine’s Prodigal Son continues, with host Silas Farley and former NYCB Principal Dancer Edward Villella looking back on Villella’s legendary career. They discuss Balanchine’s recreation of Apollo on the young dancer; the Company’s momentous tour of the Soviet Union; and the importance of Sch…
 
The latest season of City Ballet The Podcast begins with this special two-part Hear the Dance celebration of George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son. Host Silas Farley is joined by former NYCB Principal Dancer and founding Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet Edward Villella, on whom Balanchine revived the role of the Prodigal Son in 1960. Villella desc…
 
City Ballet the Podcast is back for a special edition of See the Music. Music Director Andrew Litton hosts a tour through the musical delights of the Tschaikovsky score to George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, from the ballet’s ignominious beginnings to the composer’s felicitous discovery of the celesta—the renowned accompaniment to the Sugarplum Fa…
 
City Ballet The Podcast’s season finale has arrived with a fresh New Combinations episode, just in time for NYCB’s first ever digital New Works Festival. In the lead up to the Festival’s premiere, host Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan is joined by Sidra Bell, choreographer of the opening night work, and her father Dennis, who composed the c…
 
Host Silas Farley is back with another Hear the Dance episode, devoted to the creation of George Balanchine’s tale of toy romance, The Steadfast Tin Soldier. Farley is joined by former Principal Dancers Patricia McBride and Peter Schaufuss, on whom the ballet was created. The Steadfast Tin Soldier was the first ballet Balanchine made on Schaufuss, …
 
This week’s edition of City Ballet The Podcast is the premiere broadcast of a live See the Music presentation on the score to Balanchine's Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, recorded on the NYCB stage in 2019. Host and Resident Conductor Clotilde Otrantro walks us through the innovations and themes of Brahms’ original chamber music score, and indicates som…
 
In this second half of a special 2-part Hear the Dance episode celebrating the life and work of late choreographer Ulysses Dove, host Silas Farley interviews Ulysses’ brother Alfred, Director and Administrator of Ulysses’ estate. Beginning with his childhood in South Carolina and Georgia, Dove traces his brother’s transition from a talented pre-med…
 
Former NYCB dancer Silas Farley is back to host a special 2-part episode of Hear the Dance devoted to the life and work of late choreographer Ulysses Dove. Beginning with a brief overview of Dove’s career, this part focuses on Red Angels, the first of two works he choreographed on NYCB. Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan, Pacific Northwest Ba…
 
City Ballet the Podcast is back with a new season of deep dives into the history and artistry of New York City Ballet. We begin by revisiting our very first See the Music episode to celebrate the premiere of the Digital Fall Season—and the All Balanchine program. NYCB’s Music Director Andrew Litton delves into the background of Bizet’s Symphony in …
 
Hosts Claire Kretzschmar and Aarón Sanz wrap up this season of City Ballet The Podcast with their last episode of The Rosin Box, responding to a selection of questions submitted by NYCB Instagram followers. Along with Claire and Aarón, NYCB dancers Jared Angle, Teresa Reichlen, Lauren King, Meaghan Dutton-O’Hara, and Mary Elizabeth Sell answer: wha…
 
In this week’s Rosin Box episode, hosts Claire Kretzschmar and Aarón Sanz discuss injuries, wellness, and fitness—three important, intertwined aspects of a dancer’s development and ongoing practice. They are joined by NYCB’s Health and Wellness Coordinator, Marika Molnar, PT, LAC, who helped create the first physical therapy program for an American…
 
Hosts Claire Kretzschmar and Aarón Sanz are back for another season of The Rosin Box, recorded remotely but with all the exclusive behind-the-scenes access intact. This week, NYCB dancers and longtime roommates Marika Anderson and Daniel Applebaum join the discussion, on touring: adjusting to new stages, packing performance necessities (and souveni…
 
This week’s New Combinations episode of City Ballet The Podcast features two recordings of Inside NYCB presentations made at Lincoln Center. The first is a conversation between choreographer Pam Tanowitz and NYCB Ballet Master Craig Hall, just two days after the 2019 premiere of her Bartók Ballet; Tanowitz describes her collaborative approach to t…
 
In the second half of our two-part Hear the Dance on Balanchine’s Diamonds, host Silas Farley is joined by Principal Dancer Sara Mearns, who has performed the lead role for over 12 years with seven different partners—for seven very different experiences. Mearns takes us through a detailed play-by-play of dancing this regal, demanding movement from …
 
The newest episode of Hear the Dance is a special two-part discussion of Diamonds, the glittering final movement of Balanchine's Jewels, from the perspective of the lead ballerina. In this first installment, host Silas Farley interviews iconic former Principal Dancer Merrill Ashley, who recalls learning the corps role in her first season as a membe…
 
“This is a hot summer day, in a studio, in New York City.” So former NYCB dancer Dr. Afshin Mofid recalls Jerome Robbins’ description of the setting and mood of his Afternoon of a Faun, an innocently sensual pas de deux that premiered on NYCB’s stage in 1953. In this installment of Hear the Dance, hosted by Silas Farley, Mofid joins former NYCB Pri…
 
In the second part of this special edition of Hear the Dance, Silas Farley and former NYCB Principal Dancer Patricia McBride continue their expansive conversation on her impressive career—from working with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, to the oral tradition between ballet dancers as they hand down roles over the years, to her current career…
 
The latest episode of City Ballet The Podcast is a special two-part Hear the Dance, hosted by NYCB Soloist Silas Farley, with special guest Patricia McBride. Her illustrious 30-year career with NYCB—highlighted by her promotion to principal dancer at just 18 years old—included 60 different roles, 30 of which were created for her. In this first part…
 
This week’s edition of Hear the Dance with Silas Farley is a special live recording of Inside NYCB on Apollo, captured during 2018’s annual Saturday at the Ballet with George event celebrating Balanchine. Joined by NYCB Music Director Andrew Litton, Silas discusses the legacy of and compositional inspirations for Balanchine’s first active collabora…
 
City Ballet The Podcast is back with a new edition of See the Music originally recorded at a 2018 performance. Resident Conductor Daniel Capps gives a brief history of Tschaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 3, the composer’s final completed orchestral work. Joined by Solo Pianist Elaine Chelton and the NYCB Orchestra, Capps demonstrates the concerto’s u…
 
In this special bonus episode of See the Music recorded live in the David H. Koch Theater, Resident Conductor Daniel Capps briefly surveys the history and unique musical qualities of Aaron Copland’s Rodeo, which provides the score for Justin Peck’s Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes. Capps and the NYCB Orchestra demonstrate how Copland uses familiar folk s…
 
In this week’s episode of See the Music, NYCB Music Director Andrew Litton introduces us to the score of Jerome Robbins’ In G Major: Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto from 1931. With live demonstrations on the piano, Litton explores the American influences and jazzy nuances of this late work from the French impressionist composer, relating which passa…
 
In a lively, wide-ranging discussion about the relationship between music and choreography, Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan is joined by composer Nico Muhly, who is currently collaborating on a new work with Justin Peck premiering at NYCB on February 26. Muhly muses on the manner in which ballet has enriched his appreciation of the works o…
 
This episode of City Ballet The Podcast is the first ever Hear the Dance recorded live from a recent Inside NYCB presentation hosted by Silas Farley on the uniquely fruitful collaboration between George Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky. Silas is joined on stage by Company members and musicians from the NYCB Orchestra for demonstrations of excerpts fr…
 
In this episode of See the Music, NYCB Music Director Andrew Litton dives into the history and particular genius of Tschaikovsky’s treasured Swan Lake score. Joined by NYCB Concertmaster Kurt Nikkanen on the violin, Litton demonstrates the use of specific instruments and musical motifs to portray the characters of Odette and her dark opposite, Odil…
 
In this week’s installment of Hear the Dance, Silas Farley is joined by the two dancers who will perform the solo in Balanchine’s Episodes choreographed on Paul Taylor in 1959, NYCB Soloist Jovani Furlan and guest artist and former Paul Taylor company member Michael Trusnovec. Jovani, who performed the solo as a dancer at Miami City Ballet, shares …
 
Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky joins Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan to discuss Voices, his new ballet for NYCB, which premieres at the company’s annual New Combinations evening on January 30, 2020. Ratmansky describes his early career as a dancer in Kiev and the importance of watching bootleg VHS recordings of dance in his early developme…
 
In the lead-up to the return of Balanchine’s Firebird later this month, Silas Farley is joined by former NYCB Principal Dancer Merrill Ashley for this episode of Hear the Dance. They discuss her recollections of Firebird from early childhood memories of seeing Maria Tallchief dance the role at Jacob’s Pillow through her 30-plus years as a dancer at…
 
In the final episode of Season Two of City Ballet The Podcast, Claire Kretzschmar and Aarón Sanz welcome Principal Dancer (and law student) Abi Stafford to the Rosin Box to discuss the challenges and rewards of juggling educational pursuits with a professional dancing career. Plus, Abi aces a pop quiz with some pretty obscure questions and Claire a…
 
The art of ballet doesn't exist in a vacuum, and in the second half of this two-part episode of Hear the Dance, Silas Farley and cultural scholar Elizabeth Kendall, author of the 2013 book Balanchine & the Lost Muse Revolution & the Making of a Choreographer, discuss how the aftershocks of the Russian Revolution affected Balanchine's development as…
 
In an extended conversation with Silas Farley, cultural scholar Elizabeth Kendall, author of the 2013 book Balanchine & the Lost Muse Revolution & the Making of a Choreographer, discusses her extensive research into Balanchine's childhood and youth in in pre- and post-Revolutionary Russia. The first half of this two-part Hear the Dance episode on B…
 
Don’t just step behind the curtain, come all the way backstage on this week's episode of The Rosin Box. Hosts Claire Kretzschmar and Aarón Sanz chat with three Company members who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure that every performance runs as smoothly as possible: Director of Production Marquerite Mehler, Assistant Wardrobe Mistress …
 
Dancing can certainly run in the family, as evidenced by the multiple sibling pairs that have passed through the Company over the years. And while our dancers may find a chosen family among their colleagues, this week on The Rosin Box, hosts Claire Kretzschmar and Aarón Sanz chat with sisters Claire and Emma Von Enck about what it’s like to pursue …
 
Hosts Claire Kretzschmar and Aarón Sanz delve into the Company’s dancer ranks in this episode of The Rosin Box. They get the full scoop on a dancer’s life at each level with Apprentices Cainan Weber and Savannah Durham, Senior Corps de Ballet Member Gretchen Smith, and Principal Dancer Russell Janzen. Plus, Claire and Aarón introduce a new segment …
 
Join hosts Claire Kretzschmar and Aarón Sanz as they invite celebrated Principal Dancer Maria Kowroski to step into The Rosin Box, for the series’ inaugural episode. Embarking on her 25th year with the Company, Maria talks about tackling a multitude of principal roles at an early age, including her debut at just 19 in George Balanchine’s Prodigal S…
 
Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford welcomes you back to a new season of City Ballet The Podcast, and announces the release of our newest series – The Rosin Box with Claire Kretzschmar and Aarón Sanz. (1:15) Music: Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48 (1880) by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky performed by the New York City Ballet Orchestra…
 
In a special bonus episode, take a trip to Lincoln Center without leaving your home. Music Director Andrew Litton takes us behind Bizet’s Symphony in C score in a See the Music presentation recorded live on October 3, 2019, right before our dancers performed the Balanchine ballet. This episode brings us to the end of Season One of City Ballet The P…
 
In our first See The Music episode, New York City Ballet’s Music Director Andrew Litton delves into the history of Bizet’s Symphony in C, a hidden treasure that, 80 years after its creation, became a star with the help of George Balanchine. Litton also sits down with NYCB Orchestra’s newest principal oboe player, Julia DeRosa, to talk about Symphon…
 
In this episode of Hear the Dance, host Silas Farley delves into the history of Merce Cunningham and Summerspace, which returns to the NYCB stage this fall for the first time in 20 years in celebration of Cunningham’s centennial. Farley sits down with Merce Cunningham Trust repetiteur Jean Freebury and former NYCB dancer and current Chairman of Fac…
 
In this episode of City Ballet The Podcast, Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan sits down with NYCB Principal Dancer Lauren Lovette. The two discuss Lauren’s origin story, how she overcomes insecurities and setbacks, and her personal process as a choreographer. Lauren shares how the trajectory of her new ballet, made for this year's Fall Fashi…
 
Former NYCB Soloist and Artistic Director of BalletMet Edwaard Liang reflects on his time in the Company on this episode of New Combinations with Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan. Their conversation spans Laing's early dancing days with Jerome Robbins, to branching out on Broadway, and his most recent work at BalletMet. Liang is back in our…
 
Silas Farley sits down with Principal Dancer Taylor Stanley, Ballet Master Jean-Pierre Frohlich, NYCB Concertmaster Kurt Nikkanen, and former NYCB dancer and Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal to discuss Jerome Robbins’ Opus 19/The Dreamer on his series Hear the Dance. In this informative episode, the five talk about the otherwor…
 
New York City Ballet’s history doesn’t end with George Balanchine. Corps de Ballet Member Silas Farley continues to recount the history of the Company and the integral roles Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins played in furthering the legacy of one of the world’s premiere ballet institutions. (30:25) This is a continuation of Part 1 of this episode. A…
 
How did New York City Ballet come to be? Join Corps de Ballet Member Silas Farley as he goes deep into the history of Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine’s groundbreaking company. (30:30) Continue listening to Part 2 of this episode. All music performed by the New York City Ballet Orchestra. Ballets discussed in this episode: Sleeping Beauty Ser…
 
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