SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The Saratoga Performing Arts Center has announced the return of its resident companies – the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra – to their summer home in Saratoga Springs for a diverse season featuring SPAC premieres and female debuts and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) composers, choreographers, performers and conductors, rub shoulders with iconic masterpieces of the classical repertoire.
The New York City Ballet (NYCB) will return with the full company from July 12-16, with its roster of over 90 dancers under the direction of Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford and Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan, accompanied by the New York City Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Andrew Litton.
The company will present four programs including the full-length ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream; an evening dedicated to the Masters of the 20th Century, highlighted by Merce Cunningham’s Summerspace, which returns for the first time since 1967; and a program featuring works by contemporary choreographers, including new pieces by Jamar Roberts and Pam Tanowitz, and the return of In Creases by Justin Peck, to the SPAC stage for the first time since its world premiere at SPAC in 2012.
Back by popular demand, a special NYCB On and Off Stage presentation is also designed to introduce the season with an intimate, up-close look at selected excerpts from the company’s ballet repertoire that will be performed during the residency.
“After two long years without the entire New York City Ballet in residence at SPAC, it is extremely exciting to announce the return of the entire company in July 2022,” said the president and CEO of the PSPC, Elizabeth Sobol, in a press release. “It will be a perfect celebration of their return with timeless works from Balanchine and Robbins, the SPAC debut from Jamar Roberts and Pam Tanowitz, the return of Summerspace from Merce Cunningham, the beloved story ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream and NYCB On and Off Stage. The latter, born out of the need to comply with COVID guidelines in 2021, was an immensely popular format with audiences.
“It will be the perfect kickoff for the residency – both an intimate behind-the-scenes look at NYCB as well as a poignant reminder of how far we’ve come since March 2020.”
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s three-week residency, July 27-August 13, will feature Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leading four programs, including a finale featuring Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
The highlight of the residency is the return of world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Joshua Bell alongside star soprano Larisa Martinez. Making their SPAC debut in 2022 is a diverse roster of artists, including 14-year-old Grammy-nominated Ledisi singing the music of Nina Simone, pianist and NPR host Lara Downes, soprano Angel Blue, superstar violinist from 26 year old Randall Goosby and Philadelphia’s first contemporary. ballet company, BalletX, performing a new work choreographed by NYCB’s Tiler Peck.
More than a dozen SPAC creations will also be presented, including the East Coast premiere of Contact by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts composed for the multi-genre ensemble Time for Three.
Popular SPAC movie nights will also return to delight audiences of all ages as the orchestra accompanies, live, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert and The Princess Bride in Concert.
“SPAC’s ambitious and artistically inspiring programming continues our efforts to bring important contemporary works and iconic classics that have never before been performed at SPAC to our stage, while also showcasing a record number of works by BIPOC and female composers all throughout the season,” Sobol said in The Version.
Tickets will be available from March 7 for members (scaled by level) and March 16 for the general public. New this season, the evening performances will take place at 7:30 p.m.
PSPC will continue to monitor health and safety guidelines mandated by New York State and the CDC and adjust ticketing and safety policies accordingly. Full guidelines will be released ahead of ticket sales and can be viewed online at spac.org.