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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.

Introduced by Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford, the six episodes in Season One of City Ballet The Podcast span three topics: New Combinations hosted by Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan, Hear the Dance hosted by Corps de Ballet Member Silas Farley, and See the Music hosted by Music Director Andrew Litton.

 

“There are no new steps, only new combinations” – George Balanchine

 

New Combinations with Wendy Whelan

During our performance season, New York City Ballet showcases recent works from some of the most influential choreographers working today. Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan hosts the New Combinations episodes, where she talks to the choreographers and other artists behind the unique new works premiering this season at New York City Ballet.

 

“Hear the dance, see the music …” – George Balanchine

 

Hear the Dance with Silas Farley

Corps de Ballet Member Silas Farley explores our expansive repertory, from the earliest Balanchine works to more recent classics, giving listeners an insider’s take on the Company’s rich history with Hear the Dance. Taking on a new ballet each episode, Farley is joined by many key players, from original cast members to ballet masters to current NYCB dancers, who share their personal experiences performing and coaching works from our illustrious repertory.

 

See the Music with Andrew Litton

In See the Music, New York City Ballet’s Music Director Andrew Litton takes us off the stage and into the orchestra pit, giving listeners an in-depth look at the scores from some of our most notable ballets, featuring discussions with both orchestra members and commissioned composers.

 

Sep 8, 2019

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)

All music performed by the New York City Ballet Orchestra.

Ballets discussed in this episode:

Sleeping Beauty
Serenade
Orpheus
Concerto Barocco
Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
Symphony in C

 

Quotations from the writings of Lincoln Kirstein are © 2019 by the New York Public Library (Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations).


READING LIST

Reference Books for the Entire Season

Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans

No Fixed Points: Dance in the Twentieth Century by Nancy Reynolds and Malcolm McCormick

Reference Books for Hear the Dance: A History of New York City Ballet, Parts 1 & 2

Thirty Years: New York City Ballet by Lincoln Kirstein

By With To & From: A Lincoln Kirstein Reader Edited by Nicholas Jenkins

Repertory in Review: Forty Years of The New York City Ballet by Nancy Reynolds

Dance for a City: Fifty Years of The New York City Ballet Edited by Lynn Garafola with Eric Foner

Balanchine and Kirstein’s American Enterprise by James Steichen

Balanchine: A Biography by Bernard Taper

Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins by Amanda Vaill

Far From Denmark by Peter Martins

In Balanchine’s Company: A Dancer’s Memoir by Barbara Milberg Fisher