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Thursday, May 21 at 9 p.m. Live from Lincon Center "New York City Ballet's Romeo & Juliet"

(Rochester, NY) Live from Lincoln Center presents New York City Ballet in Peter Martins’ Romeo and Juliet, set to the landmark score by Sergei Prokofiev. New York City Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet airs Thursday, May 21, at 9 p.m. on WXXI- TV 21(cabel 11) and WXXI-HD (DT21.1/ cable 1011) . The evening marks the first Live from Lincoln Center broadcast from the newly renamed David H. Koch Theater (formerly the New York State Theater) at Lincoln Center, currently commemorating its 50th anniversary as a leading performing arts venue.

For this staging, created in 2007, Martins cast some of the company’s youngest dancers in the leading roles of the tragic teenaged lovers. The set designs are by acclaimed Danish painter Per Kirkeby, who also created the sets for Martins’ full-length Swan Lake, broadcast on Live from Lincoln Center in 1999. The costumes are by Kirkeby and Kirsten Lund Nielsen; lighting is by Mark Stanley.

For the broadcast, the ballet will be seen from a variety of perspectives, with eight different camera locations capturing the action, taking the television viewers inside the ballet for a uniquely rich experience.

Romeo and Juliet is one of 40 ballets that NYCB will perform as part of its spring repertory season, April 28 through June 21, at the David H. Koch Theater.

Peter Martins is ballet master in chief of New York City Ballet, as well as chairman of the faculty of the School of American Ballet. He began his association with New York City Ballet in 1967 as a guest artist from the Royal Danish Ballet, before joining the company as a principal dancer in 1970. Prior to his retirement from dancing in 1983, Martins performed a great variety of roles with the company and originated roles in many ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Martins began his career as a choreographer in 1977 with Calcium Light Night, set to several pieces of music by Charles Ives, and has since created more than 70 ballets, many of them set to scores by contemporary American composers. Since 1981, Martins has helped to run the company; he has been ballet master in chief since 1990. Under his leadership, New York City Ballet has added significantly to its repertory while maintaining the integrity of its core works, the 20th-century masterpieces by Balanchine and Robbins. Deeply committed to the development of new choreography, in 1992 Martins created the Diamond Project, which has commissioned more than 55 ballets from more than 30 choreographers; and in September 2000, he and the late philanthropist Irene Diamond created the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of NYCB, which provides rare opportunities for choreographers to explore their ideas without the pressures associated with creating works for public performance.

New York City Ballet is one of the foremost dance companies in the world, with a roster of spectacular dancers and an unparalleled repertory. The company was founded in 1948 by the legendary choreographer George Balanchine and arts patron Lincoln Kirstein, and quickly became renowned for its athletic, contemporary style, which revolutionized the ballet world. The company has also been home to Jerome Robbins, who made more than 50 works for NYCB, as well as to countless choreographers, composers, dancers and musicians. Widely acknowledged for its enduring contributions to dance, NYCB is committed to promoting creative excellence and nurturing a new generation of dancers and choreographers.

Pictured: Sterling Hylton as Juliet and Robert Fairchild as Romeo.

Credit: ©Paul Kolnik

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