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Dance & Ballet in New York - May 2016

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Dance & Ballet in New York for the month of May 2016


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One of the city's most unique live experiences, Stomp has been thrilling New York audiences for over twenty years. This ear & eye-popping show consists of a group of eight incredibly talented performers, who create intricate rhythms from everyday household objects, from garbage can lids and zippo lighters, to buckets and hammers. More info

: Closes 14th May 2016

The American Ballet Theatre present Sylvia, a tale of a mythical huntress on the cusp of womanhood. First conceived for the Paris Opera Ballet, Sylvia breaks with Romantic ballet conventions as the main character's coming of age journey begins at the awakening of her sensuality. More info

: Closes 21st May 2016

Three spellbinding pieces from ABT's Artist in Residence Alexi Ratmansky make up this program, including a brand new World Premiere work, his glittering Firebird, and the delicate Seven Sonatas. More info

: Closes 29th May 2016

A ballet about the transforming power of love, George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream, is based on William Shakespeare's comedy about the romantic adventures and misadventures, quarrels and reunitings, of two pairs of mortal lovers and the king and queen of the fairies. More info

Remain upstanding, folks, for this water and light spectacular that has taken London and Buenos Aires by storm. You may get wet, you may get dirty, but bring your pals and your comfy shoes, to prepare for a visual and sensory overload that will have you gasping in awe - and possibly to catch your breath! More info

: Closes 12th May 2016

NYCB present another not-to-be-missed tribute to the legendary choreographer in the company's much anticipated 2015/16 season. Containing three of Balanchine's works, including the monumental glamour of Vienna Waltzes, this evening will be a sure treat for fans of the man or his beloved company. More info

: 16th May

Celebrate the glory of spring with the American Ballet Theatre as they open their 2016 spring season with a plethora of works, giving you a delicious taste of what the esteemed company have up their sleeves this year! More info

: Closes 7th May 2016

Artistic director Peter Martins' most popular works set to the moving Barber Violin Concerto is joined in this intriguing program celebrating American music by Justin Peck's newest premiere and Jerome Robbins N.Y Export: Opus Jazz that attempts to evoke rather the style of the bustling New York streets in the 1950s. This landmark 1958 ballet has dancers swapping pointe shoes for sneakers as a defiant parade of frustrated teens as society shakes off the struggles of WWII and ushers in a brave new world. More info

: Closes 8th May 2016

More than just a popular dance work, Revelations has become a cultural treasure. This enduring classic is born out of the choreographer's "blood memories" of his childhood in rural Texas and the Baptist Church. Since its premiere in 1960, the ballet has been performed continuously around the globe, crossing barriers of faith and nationality, making it the most widely-seen modern dance work in the world. More info

: Closes 31st May 2016

American Ballet Theatre revive Frederick Ashton's pastoral love letter to his beloved Suffolk this year as part of their 75th Anniversary season. La Fille Mal Gardee or The Wayward Daughter first premiered in London in 1960 before making the jump across the pond in 2002. Don't miss this delightfully whimsical production from one of America's greatest ballet companies! More info

: Closes 23rd May 2016

Alexi Ratmansky's enigmatic Shostakovich Trilogy returns to New York this season, showcasing three compelling and distinct sides of the Soviet composer and Ratmansky's unique choreographic style. Though not known for being conducive to ballet, Ratmansky wraps the rapid fire tones around this celebration of life, and all the highs and lows included. More info

: Closes 15th May 2016

The New York City Ballet presents another breathtaking 'All Robbins' recital of two ballet works by ballet master and Broadway choreographer/director Jerome Robbins, each a brilliant example of the world-renowned choreographer's creativity and prowess in dance. The two pieces performed will be Dances at a Gathering and the West Side Story Suite. More info

: Closes 5th May 2016

The New York City Ballet's first Classic series of 2016 includes two dynamic and mesmerising shows from founding choreographer George Balanchine; the first, Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux, is a short burst of kinetic energy described as "an adrenaline rush for both dancers and audiences". Based on the famous Black Swan Pas De Deux, it's a thrilling eight minute display of masterful technique and technical brilliance. More info

: Closes 22nd May 2016

Catch the NYCB doing what they do best in this evening of modern ballet classics. It'll be a quadruple bill of audience favorites, comprised of three beloved Balanchine pieces (Serenade, Duo Concertant and Western Symphony) and Peter Martins' Hallelujah Junction. More info

: 4th May

New York City Ballet continues to usher 2016 with another spectacular Spring Gala! Details are yet to be released for this year's line up, but it is confirmed that Christopher Wheeldon will be presenting a brand new world premiere, fresh from making his Broadway debut with the multi-award winning An American in Paris. More info

: Closes 21st May 2016

The second in an exciting trio of programmes, each celebrating some of the most formidable and in demand choreographers of our century. The series includes works from those who helped bring ballet into the 21st century to those who work to push its boundaries even further. This instalment is comprised of pieces from the NYCB's resident choreographer Justin Peck, former resident choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky, current artist in residence at the American Ballet Theatre. More info

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