NEW YORK CITY CENTER PRESENTS
MORPHOSES/THE WHEELDON COMPANY
Third Annual Season Features
U.S. Premieres by Christopher Wheeldon
and Tim Harbour
Includes Works by Alexei Ratmansky and Lightfoot León
Andrew Crawford, Rory Hohenstein, Drew Jacoby, Gabrielle Lamb,
Juan Pablo Ledo, Edwaard Liang, Rubinald Pronk, Danielle Rowe,
Lucas Segovia, Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Wendy Whelan
October 29 – November 1, 2009
New York City Center will present the third annual season of Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, October 29 – November 1, 2009, featuring two unique programs including U.S. premieres by Artistic Director Christopher Wheeldon and Australian choreographer Tim Harbour, as well as works by Lightfoot León, Alexei Ratmansky and Mr. Wheeldon. The engagement will feature live music performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, with the opening night conducted by the orchestra's founder and music director, Alondra de la Parra. Tickets go on sale September 8th.
The season celebrates the centenary of the Ballets Russes, inspired by the legendary company's commitment to creating innovative, collaborative productions with the seminal artists of its time. The first program features Wheeldon's Commedia (2008), performed to Stravinsky's "Pulcinella Suite," and Alexei Ratmansky's Bolero, re-created for the Bolshoi Ballet in 2004, with music by Maurice Ravel. Husband and wife choreographic team Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, resident choreographers of Nederlands Dans Theater, follow with Softly as I Leave You, re-worked in 2009 as a duet for Morphoses dancers Drew Jacoby and Rubinald Pronk. The program will conclude with a new work by Tim Harbour commissioned by Morphoses with music by Ross Edwards.
The second program features Wheeldon's Continuum (2002), performed to the music of György Ligeti, followed by Lightfoot Leon's Softly as I Leave You. The program concludes with Christopher Wheeldon's untitled new work, co-commissioned by New York City Center and Sadler's Wells, London, which will have its world premiere at Sadler's Wells one week prior to its U.S. premiere at City Center. This new work, set to Rachmaninoff's "Suites for Two Pianos," will feature sets by the Havana-based installation artists Los Carpinteros and costumes by Francisco Costa, creative designer for Calvin Klein. Continuum and Wheeldon's new work will be performed to live piano music.
"I am so excited to be able to present two premieres this year at City Center," said Christopher Wheeldon. "One of these original works, created for our 2009 season, will be my new ballet to the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff. This is a timeless piece music that conjures images of romance and sensuality, offering a rich score around which I can build my choreography. It is incredibly inspiring that in only our third year, we are adding three more exciting creative artists to our list of collaborators: Los Carpinteros, Francisco Costa, and Tim Harbour, as well as once again, a group of world class dancers. I feel that with every year we follow our mission to bring ballet into the 21st century, and I am personally grateful to both New York City Center and Sadler's Wells Theatre for their support of Morphoses and our goals, and the freedom they offer us to create a repertoire for a new era."
Leading dancers from major U.S. and European ballet companies will once again join the company, including Andrew Crawford, Ty Gurfein, Rory Hohenstein, Drew Jacoby, Kate Kadow, Gabrielle Lamb, Juan Pablo Ledo, Edwaard Liang, Matthew Prescott, Rubinald Pronk, Carrie Lee Riggins, Danielle Rowe, Lucas Segovia, Rachel Sherak, Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Wendy Whelan.
Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company will play for four performances, October 29– November 1, at New York City Center, West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, according to the following schedule: Thursday, October 29 at 8pm; Friday, October 30 at 8pm; Saturday, October 31 at 8pm; and Sunday, November 1 at 3pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling CityTix® at 212-581-1212, online at www.nycitycenter.org or at the City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues).