For 10 exhilarating days each year, the Fall for Dance Festival presents the passion, the energy and sheer joy that is dance, from New York City, across the country, and around the globe. The world-famous alongside the cutting-edge, treasured favorites surrounded by undiscovered gems will perform at NY City Center. Multiple companies appear in each performance, offering audiences a sampling of the best that dance has to offer – from contemporary to capoeira, ballet to modern , tap to tango!
Celebrating 100 Years of the Ballets Russes, This year festival offers a special focus on this famous company. Sergei Diaghilev set the European cultural scene ablaze with his creation of the Ballets Russes, a collaboration of the continent’s most talented musicians, designers and dancers who more than rejuvenated the performing arts of their time.
From 1909-1929, Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes served as a canvas for Europe’s brightest artists to display their works, nurturing choreographers like Michel Fokine, Vaslav Nijinsky, Bronislava Nijinska and George Balanchine as well as composers like Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Francis Poulenc. The Ballets Russes reclaimed the importance of the arts and forever changed the way people viewed dance.
To pay tribute to its extraordinary contribution to the arts, the 2009 Fall for Dance Festival includes eight companies presenting Ballets Russes classics or contemporary interpretations of its great works. New York City Center and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy & Lewis B. Cullman Center, will exhibit portions of Diaghilev's Theater of Marvels: The Ballets Russes and Its Aftermath at New York City Center during the Festival.
In addition, Fall for Dance’s annual DanceTalk series will provide attendees with the opportunity to hear from dance experts about creative collaborations during the Ballets Russes era and influences this seminal period in dance has had on today’s artists.
For each Fall for Dance performance is a live DJ and drinks to keep the party going before and after the show. A video feed from the stage lets you follow Festival performances as they happen. Plus, attend open dance lessons before select performances. Lounge FFD admission is free, and no reservations are required.
tickets $10 on sale from September 13, 2009 at 11am.
the Fall for Dance Festival
City Center Mainstage
Sep 22 - Oct 3, 2009