New York City Center President & CEO Arlene Shuler announced programming for an unprecedented 2020 Fall for Dance Festival in two programs premiering October 21 and 26, and available on demand through November 1. Reflecting this singular moment in history, this season marks the first time the Festival will be filmed live on the City Center stage and presented digitally—making the annual sold-out “highlight of the city’s cultural calendar” (The New York Times) accessible to the entire world to experience.
Program 1 features two world premiere commissions, including a solo piece from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s first Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts—choreographed for himself—and a duet from Christopher Wheeldon for New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns and David Hallberg, American Ballet Theatre principal dancer and the incoming artistic director of The Australian Ballet. This marks Mearns and Hallberg’s first-ever performance together. The program also includes Ballet Hispánico in a New York premiere of excerpts from 18+1, an electric, mambo-driven piece celebrating Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s 19 years as a choreographer. Martha Graham Dance Company’s Natasha M. Diamond-Walker performs Lamentation, one of the Company’s quintessential solos, presenting a timeless message about the essence of grief.
In Program 2, world renowned tap dancer Dormeshia and Tony-nominated choreographer Camille A. Brown join forces for a world premiere City Center Commission, accompanied by musicians Noah Garabedian, Winard Harper, and Gabriel Roxbury. Calvin Royal III, recently promoted to principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, also dances a world premiere City Center Commission by choreographer Kyle Abraham. Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, featuring guest artists Adrian Danchig-Waring and Joseph Gordon (principal dancers with New York City Ballet),perform the iconic male duet from Concerto Six Twenty-Two. The program also features Ashley Bouder, Tiler Peck, and Brittany Pollack in excerpts from George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, an exuberant response to George Gershwin’s classic tunes.
In keeping with the Festival’s long history of accessible tickets, digital access is $15 per program. Expanding City Center’s founding mission to make the arts available to everyone, digital access will be free for City Center Education and Community Engagement partners including participating schools (students and teachers) and Fall for Dance Lab professional development participants; and $5 per program for Take 5 Ticket buyers and City Center On the Move partners at NYC Parks recreational centers.
It was also announced today that New York City Center Board Co-Chair Richard Witten and his wife and fellow Board Member Lisa have established a Challenge Grant in connection with the 2020 Fall for Dance Festival. Any donations made in addition to the $15 digital access fee, including membership gifts, will be matched dollar for dollar through November 1.
Program 1 of the 2020 Fall for Dance Festival premieres on October 21 at 7:30 PM ET and Program 2 on October 26 at 7:30 PM ET. Both programs will be available on demand through Sunday, November 1, on City Center’s website at NYCityCenter.org/FallforDance. Digital access is $15 for each program and goes on sale September 29 at noon at NYCityCenter.org.