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New York City Ballet Performing in Saratoga

"NYCB On and Off Stage" Takes Place Of Traditional 2021 Season

new york city ballet dancers performing swan lake

Teresa Reichlen, Russell Janzen, and Ensemble performing in Peter Martins' Swan Lake, Photo © Paul Kolnik

New York City Ballet, one of the world's preeminent dance companies, returns to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center every summer to present new and classical works.

Due to the ongoing health and safety concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, NYCB will be replacing its traditional residency in 2021 with "NYCB On and Off Stage," an intimate, up-close look at selected excerpts from the Company's repertory. 15 NYCB dancers will travel to Saratoga to present six "NYCB On and Off Stage" shows from July 14-17. In each show, NYCB dancers will perform excerpts to live musical accompaniment, and a NYCB Principal Dancer will offer commentary and insights.

There will be two distinct programs presented for three shows each. "All Balanchine" will feature excerpts from Apollo, The Four Temperaments, Agon, Jewels, and Who Cares?. "Short Stories" will explore Firebird, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Western Symphony, Fancy Free, and The Concert.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, July 14 at 7:30PM: "Short Stories"
  • Thursday, July 15 at 2:00PM: "All Balanchine"
  • Thursday, July 15 at 7:30PM: "Short Stories"
  • Friday, July 16 at 7:30PM: "All Balanchine"
  • Saturday, July 17 at 2:00PM: "Short Stories"
  • Saturday, July 17 at 7:30PM: "All Balanchine"

To maintain proper social distancing, amphitheater tickets will be sold in pods of 2, while lawn tickets can be purchased in pods of 2 or 4. For more information on ticketing and COVID protocols, visit SPAC's website.

New York City Ballet expects to return to its traditional full company residency at SPAC from July 12 - 16, 2022.