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NYCB MOVES in Iowa City, Oct. 24-25, 2017

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As an Iowan who has loved NYCB from afar for many years but never seen them perform live, I was thrilled to see that they'd be coming to Hancher in Iowa City this fall. Hancher has had a longtime relationship with the Joffrey, but I don't know that NYCB has come here before (I think it helps that Miriam Miller is from Iowa City, and that the theater was recently rebuilt after a flood -- it's looking incredible). 

 

So my question to you NYCB experts is, what exactly is the MOVES distinction? Should I expect to just see some of the up-and-comers, or does it include principals and soloists? Also, about how close to the performance do they announce casting? I'd love to choose which night I attend based on that, but I can't imagine they'd announce it as soon as July 7, which is when tickets go on sale. I'm sure they'll go quickly, so I'll be ordering that day regardless of whether casting has been posted.

 

Any input you have would be greatly appreciated! 

 

Edited to include the program:

In the Night
Music by Frederic Chopin
Choreography by Jerome Robbins

 

La Stravaganza
Music by Antonio Vivaldi, Evelyn Ficarra, Robert Normandeau, Serge Morand, Åke Parmerud
Choreography by Angelin Preljoçaj

 

Sonatine
Music by Maurice Ravel
Choreography by George Balanchine

 

After the Rain pas de deux
Music by Arvo Pärt
Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon

 

In Creases
Music by Philip Glass
Choreography by Justin Peck

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My guess it's a small group of NYCB dancers and maybe not the principals. But wow that's a great program and I'd definitely snatch up a ticket to see it. Summer is traditionally the time when many NYCB principals do summer festivals and guesting. 

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34 minutes ago, sandik said:

What a nice line-up -- I wish it were coming here as well.

 

Good to know! I've only seen Sonatine, when it was on the PBS broadcast of NYCB in Paris. 

 

30 minutes ago, canbelto said:

My guess it's a small group of NYCB dancers and maybe not the principals. But wow that's a great program and I'd definitely snatch up a ticket to see it. Summer is traditionally the time when many NYCB principals do summer festivals and guesting. 

 

Ok, thanks for the scoop. I will definitely go! It'll be a week and a half after their Fall 2017 season ends, if that means anything. 

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8 minutes ago, 83firefly said:

 

Good to know! I've only seen Sonatine, when it was on the PBS broadcast of NYCB in Paris. 

 

 

Ok, thanks for the scoop. I will definitely go! It'll be a week and a half after their Fall 2017 season ends, if that means anything. 

 

If you have a little free time, try listening to the music for these works before you see them.  It can really help you see the choreography if you've got some familiarity with the scores.

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Principals and soloists do perform with NYCB Moves - see the casting for Moves' upcoming run at Bard College's Fischer Center for an example.

 

The very best thing about Moves is the commitment to performing to live music. This is likely one of the constraints on programing: it pretty much guarantees that most if not all of the works selected will have been choreographed to music for piano or a small chamber ensemble.

 

PS: It looks as if the company is presenting two performances back-to-back. I'm going to hazard a guess that the casting will be the same for both performances — that certainly looks to be the case at Bard, and Bard is within easy reach of NYC.

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7 hours ago, sandik said:

 

If you have a little free time, try listening to the music for these works before you see them.  It can really help you see the choreography if you've got some familiarity with the scores.

 

That's a great idea! Does the NYCB website have the exact music listed for each piece in their repertoire?

 

6 hours ago, Kathleen O'Connell said:

Principals and soloists do perform with NYCB Moves - see the casting for Moves' upcoming run at Bard College's Fischer Center for an example.

 

The very best thing about Moves is the commitment to performing to live music. This is likely one of the constraints on programing: it pretty much guarantees that most if not all of the works selected will have been choreographed to music for piano or a small chamber ensemble.

 

PS: It looks as if the company is presenting two performances back-to-back. I'm going to hazard a guess that the casting will be the same for both performances — that certainly looks to be the case at Bard, and Bard is within easy reach of NYC.

 

Thanks for the info!

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There seems to be something awry with the NYCB website right now -- I can't get it to come up.  But here's what I know about the scores for these works:

 

Sonatine

Ravel – Sonatine for Piano

 

In the Night

Chopin -- Nocturne, Op. 27, no. 1, 1835; Nocturne, Op. 55, nos. 1 & 2, 1843; Nocturne, Op. 9, no. 2, 1830–31

 

After the Rain

Arvo Pärt -- (Spiegel im Spiegel, 1978)

 

In Creases

Phillip Glass – Four Movements for Two Pianos

 

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11 hours ago, 83firefly said:

 

That's a great idea! Does the NYCB website have the exact music listed for each piece in their repertoire?

 

 

They do! First, go to the Repertory page on the company's website: http://www.nycballet.com/Discover/The-Repertory.aspx

 

Then click on the ballet you're interested in. For example, here is the listing for In Creases: http://www.nycballet.com/ballets/i/new-j-peck-glass.aspx

 

The repertory page for a given ballet normally provides details regarding the music used, the date it was premiered, the date of its NYCB premiere, the original cast, its length, and the design team. Often as not, you'll also get a short video clip and / or a slideshow.

 

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Spotify has access to a ton of the music that NYCB programs are choreographed to. Happy to share the playlists I've compiled over the years. (Though I don't have playlists for In the Night or In Creases.) My user name is MayRea if anyone would like to use them!

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You guys are awesome! Thank you so much, sandik, Kathleen O'Connell, and DC Export. I'll make sure to report back after the show. :)

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Just found out the casting for this performance: http://www.nycballet.com/NYCB/media/NYCBMediaLibrary/PDFs/Press/Casting/NYCB-MOVES_Iowa-City_October-24-25,-2017.pdf

 

Lots of debuts! I'll be seeing it on Wednesday, so they'll have one under their belt by then. :) 

 

Regular NYCB-goers, any dancers I should keep an eye out for? There are a few I'm quite familiar with thanks to social media and video clips (and I'm particularly eager to see Unity Phelan), but let me know if any of the up-and-comers are ones to watch closely. Of course, there are dancers in the company whom I'd love to see that won't be performing, but such is off-season touring to flyover states. ;) Excited to finally see the company live!

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10 hours ago, 83firefly said:

Regular NYCB-goers, any dancers I should keep an eye out for? 

 

Miriam Miller in After the Rain sounds divine. I'll also add Kristin Segin, Alec Knight, and Peter Walker to your watch list.

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3 hours ago, DC Export said:

 

Miriam Miller in After the Rain sounds divine. I'll also add Kristin Segin, Alec Knight, and Peter Walker to your watch list.

 

Great, thanks! I enjoyed seeing Segin in Walpurgisnacht Ballet on the NYCB in Paris broadcast. I remember seeing this photo of her a few years ago and thinking she looked uncannily like a young Amanda McKerrow! 

 

 

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