This summer, New York City Ballet returns to Paris for the first time since 2008, for three weeks of performances at the Théâtre du Châtelet for the 12th edition of the Les Etés de la Danse festival. Between June 28 and July 16, the company will dance twenty performances, featuring twenty ballets, including fourteen by George Balanchine. The programmes include many Balanchine classics alongside some newer works.
The first week is exclusively devoted to works by Balanchine, with ten ballets presented on three different bills. The opening night will feature an all-Stravinsky ‘Black and White’ programme of Apollo, Agon, Duo Concertant, and Symphony in Three Movements. Thursday, June 30 sees a one-off Gala Performance of Mozartiana, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Walpurgisnacht Ballet, and Symphony in C. The final programme of the week is an all-Tchaikovsky affair of Serenade, Mozartiana, and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.2.
Week 2 introduces two additional programs. The first features Balanchine’s Western Symphony and Tarantella, Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite, and Peter Martins’ Barber Violin Concerto and The Infernal Machine. The second brings together ballets created since 2010 by three contemporary choreographers: Christopher Wheeldon’s Estancia, Alexei Ratmansky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and Justin Peck’s Everywhere We Go.
The final week of the season has another all Balanchine, this time to music by French composers, and features Walpurgisnacht Ballet (music by Gounod), Sonatine and La Valse (music by Ravel), and Symphony in C (music by Bizet). This program will also be performed as the final performance of the engagement as a tribute to Marina de Brantes, the President of Les Etés de la Danse.