New York City Ballet's Forward-Thinking Fall Season

NYCB's Teresa Reichlen in Schumacher's Clearing Dawn. Photo by Paul Kolnik, Courtesy NYCB.

New York City Ballet's fall season is packed with world premieres, including three by choreographers who have never made work for the company.

NYCB resident choreographer Justin Peck and corps member Troy Schumacher will each create a new ballet. Schumacher's second piece for NYCB will feature a commissioned score from Ellis Ludwig-Leone, the music director for Schumacher's Ballet Collective and the frontman of the band San Fermin. Peck's new work will feature Steve Reich's Variations for Vibes, Pianos and Strings.


Audiences can also expect first-time work from Canadian Robert Binet, San Francisco Ballet corps member Myles Thatcher and UK-based artist Kim Brandstrup.

Binet and Thatcher are both early-career artists who've had huge opportunities to choreograph on major companies. Binet has made work on the National Ballet of Canada and for Wayne McGregor | RandomDance, while Thatcher has choreographed for SFB and recently participated in the Rolex Mentor & Protégé Arts Initiative. For their NYCB debuts, Binet will use two movements of Maurice Ravel's Miroirs: "Oiseaux Tristes" and "Une Barque sur l'Océan," while Thatcher has chosen the first movement of William Walton's piano quartet in D minor.

Brandstrup's premiere at NYCB will be his first work ever for an American company. He has received two Olivier Awards and has choreographed works for multiple companies, including The Royal Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. He will create a ballet to Jeux, by Claude Debussy.

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