New York City Ballet is one of the foremost dance companies in the world, with an unparalleled active repertory of more than 150 works – most created for NYC Ballet – many of which are considered modern masterpieces. The Company was established in 1948 by arts patron Lincoln Kirstein and legendary choreographer George Balanchine and quickly became known for its pure neo-classicism, which resonated with modern audiences. In 1949, Jerome Robbins joined the Company as associate artistic director and, with Balanchine, created a varied repertory that grew each season.
NYCB moved to its current home at Lincoln Center’s New York State Theater (now the David H. Koch Theater), built especially for Balanchine and the Company, in 1964. Now under the direction of Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins and Executive Director Katherine Brown, the Company has over 90 dancers, a 62-member orchestra, an official school (the School of American Ballet), an institute for choreography (the New York Choreographic Institute), and an annual 21-week season in New York City, including the holiday must-see George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker ®. NYC Ballet also tours regularly, both in the U.S. and abroad, and has had a summer residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in upstate New York every year since SPAC opened in 1966. Widely acknowledged for its enduring contributions to dance, NYC Ballet is committed to promoting creative excellence and nurturing a new generation of dancers and choreographers.
The David H. Koch Theater is a traditional proscenium theater with seating for 2,544 and is part of New York’s famed Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts complex. The theater, designed by architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee, features a hybrid of traditional and continental style seating on the orchestra level, five “Rings” (balconies), faced with jewel-like faceted lights and a large spherical chandelier in the gold paneled ceiling. The lobby is filled with sublime pieces of art, commissioned specifically to highlight various aspects of the world of the ballet,
including many suggested by George Balanchine.