Since 2020 is not normal, Dance Week is virtual, with performances filmed over more than 40 years. including New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The School of American Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ballet Hispánico,
Ballet performances include such lead dancers as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Suzanne Farrell, Heather Watts and Peter Martins, and a special tribute performance to George Balanchine.
Dance Week is May 30 to June 4, with one or more live streamed performances each day.
Here’s the daily schedule, followed by detailed information about each performance.
All times listed are East Coast time, and available for 45 days after the premiere dates.
Sat 5/30 at 2pm: Ballet Hispánico
Sat 5/30 at 8pm: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, New York City Ballet
Sun 5/31 at 8pm: American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House
Mon 6/1 at 7pm: The School of American Ballet Virtual Workshop Performance Celebration
Tue 6/2 at 8pm: Coppélia, New York City Ballet
Wed 6/3 at 8pm: Tribute to Balanchine, New York City Ballet (photo above)
Thu 6/4 at 8pm: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Scroll down for details about each performance
Some of these broadcasts have not been seen in decades and are being unlocked as Lincoln Center offers gems from its media archives, including landmark New York City Ballet works by George Balanchine, the company’s co-founder, with some dancers in the roles that Balanchine created for them.
Dance Week also includes special themed Pop-Up Classrooms, with a full schedule to be announced closer to the start of Dance Week.at a later date.
Lincoln Center will also make available some of its most loved Broadway productions for free with Broadway Fridays, beginning on Friday, June 5, 2020 with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel with the New York Philharmonic.
Dance Week Detailed Schedule
CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana: Ballet Hispánico
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, New York City Ballet
(1986 Live From Lincoln Center broadcast)
American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House
Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 8pm EST
(1978 Live From Lincoln Center broadcast)
An evening of repertory includes the Act III Grand Pas de Deux of Don Quixote with Natalia Makarova and Fernando Bujones, Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides, set to music by Chopin, with Rebecca Wright, Marianna Tcherkassky and Ivan Nagy leading the cast, and George Balanchine’s plotless ballet Theme and Variations performed by Gelsey Kirkland and Mikhail Baryshnikov to the glorious Tchaikovsky score.
Rounding out the broadcast is Fokine’s Firebird, a magical tale of the legendary creature who helps two noble lovers overcome an evil sorcerer, set to an iridescent score by Stravinsky.
The School of American Ballet Virtual Workshop Performance Celebration
Monday, June 1, 2020 at 7pm EST
The School of American Ballet premieres recent outstanding highlights of the School’s annual Workshop Performances at Lincoln Center’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, with commentary and insight from the School’s artistic leaders, Jonathan Stafford and Kay Mazzo, distinguished alumni Justin Peck and Maria Kowroski, and SAB’s senior faculty member Suki Schorer.
This special event also includes the announcement of the 2020 Mae L. Wien Awards for Outstanding Promise, a distinction awarded to three senior students who show significant potential for high professional achievement.
Past performances to be screened in their entirety include Justin Peck’s In Creases and Jerome Robbins’s Circus Polka (both 2018), the pas de deux from George Balanchine’s Agon (2019 ) – pictured here – , and George Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony (2017).
Coppélia, New York City Ballet
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 8pm EST
(1978 Live From Lincoln Center broadcast)
Coppélia, considered one of the greatest comic ballets of the 19th Century, is the tale of a mad inventor and the life-like doll he creates.
Like The Nutcracker, the story is based on the writing of E.T.A. Hoffmann. George Balanchine choreographed his version with ballerina Alexandra Danilova (after Marius Petipa) in 1974, set to the 1870 score by French composer Léo Delibes.
This Live From Lincoln Center rebroadcast features the ballet’s original leading dancers, Patricia McBride, Helgi Tomasson, and Shaun O’Brien.
Tribute to Balanchine, New York City Ballet
(1983 Live From Lincoln Center broadcast)
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Chroma, Grace, Takademe, Revelations
(2015 Lincoln Center at the Movies)
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s production of Revelations, Chroma, Grace, and Takademe for Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance is supported by a grant from the Howard Gilman Foundation.
Ballet Hispánico’s production of CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana for Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance is made possible by The Arnhold Foundation.
Special thanks to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Hispánico, New York City Ballet, The George Balanchine Trusts, and The School of American Ballet for their generosity.
New York City Ballet’s presentations are made possible through the cooperation of the American Guild of Musical Artists, American Federation of Musicians Local 802, Theatrical Protective Union Local No. One, Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764, and United Scenic Artists Local 829.
More ways to find Lincoln Center virtually
For digital offerings from Lincoln Center’s resident organizations, please visit LincolnCenter.org or individual websites.
Lincoln Center at Home is dedicated to maintaining connections to the arts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A free, one-stop portal to all digital offerings from across the iconic campus, offerings also include Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom, and #ConcertsForKids, as well as an array of archival and livestream performances available for free and on demand at LincolnCenter.org and on Lincoln Center’s Facebook Page.