New York City Ballet announced today that the Company will present a World Premiere by NYCB dancer and choreographer Justin Peck as part of the Company's annual New Combinations Evening on Friday, January 31, 2013. The Peck ballet will replace a previously announced world premiere by NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins to a commissioned score by the acclaimed French composer Marc-Andre? Dalbavie. The Dalbavie/Martins ballet will now premiere during NYCB's 2014 winter season.
The Dalvabie/Martins premiere has been postponed to provide more time for the composer to complete his original score for New York City Ballet. Martins previously choreographed to an existing Dalbavie score for his ballet Mes Oiseaux, which premiered at NYCB's 2012 spring gala.
Peck, who is 25 years old, is one of the youngest choreographers ever commissioned by New York City Ballet and will be premiering his third work for the Company in a period of just six months. His new ballet will be set to Sinfonietta LaJolla by the prolific 20th-century Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu?.
Peck's first piece for NYCB, In Creases, was set to Philip Glass' Four Movements for Two Pianos, and premiered in July 2012 during NYCB's annual summer season at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. In Creases will have its New York City premiere on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Peck also collaborated with composer Sufjan Stevens for the ballet Year of the Rabbit, which premiered in October 2012 as part of NYCB's Fall Season at Lincoln Center.
NYCB's New Combinations Evening pays tribute to George Balanchine's legacy by presenting world premiere ballets on or around the anniversary of Balanchine's birth every January. In addition to the World Premiere by Justin Peck, the 2013 New Combinations Evening will also include Alexei Ratmansky's Concerto DSCH and Balanchine's rarely performed Variations Pour une Porte et un Soupir.