4th annual ‘BAAND Together Dance Festival’ at NYC’s Lincoln Center

Five of New York’s most celebrated dance companies – Ballet Hispánico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem – return on July 30-August 3, 2024, for the 4th annual BAAND Together Dance Festival, sharing the spotlight for five shows as part of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ third annual Summer for the City. This year’s performances, made possible once again by Chanel, will move indoors to the David H. Koch Theater. To make the arts more accessible, tickets are available on a Choose-What-You-Pay basis (suggested ticket price $35).

Curated collaboratively by the artistic directors of the companies (Matthew Rushing, Interim Artistic Director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Susan Jaffe, Artistic Director, American Ballet Theatre; Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO, Ballet Hispánico; Robert Garland, Artistic Director, Dance Theatre of Harlem; and Jonathan Stafford, Artistic Director, and Wendy Whelan, Associate Artistic Director, New York City Ballet), the program will feature repertory favorites from each, as follows:

Taylor Stanley and Indiana Woodward, New York City Ballet, in Duo Concertant. Photo by Erin Baiano.

New York City Ballet, Duo Concertant by George Balanchine – Dedicated by composer Stravinsky to Samuel Dushkin, a violinist he met in 1931, and with whom he premiered the work in 1932, the piece, which Balanchine first heard performed soon after it was composed, was not choreographed by him until years later, when he was planning the 1972 Stravinsky Festival.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Yannick Lebrun, Chalvar Monteiro, and Patrick Coker in Solo. Photo by Daniel Azoulay.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Solo by Hans Van Manen – Featuring “Partita for Solo Violin No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 – Double: Presto” and “Partita for Solo Violin No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 – Double: Corrente,” composed by Johann Sebastian Bach and performed by Sigiswald Kuijken, this explosive display of virtuosity and wit divides the dynamic choreography among three dancers in a tour de force that challenges their daring agility and grace, in an exhilarating whirlwind of movement and musicality.

Dancers of Ballet Hispánico in Sombrerísimo. Photo by Susan Bestul.

Ballet Hispánico, Sombrerísimo by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa – Inspired by the surrealist world of Belgian artist René Magritte, renowned for his paintings of men in bowler hats, the work references the iconic sombreros found throughout the world that help to represent culture. Originally choreographed for an all-male cast, it has evolved and can now also be performed by an all-female or mixed-gender cast.

American Ballet Theatre dancers. Photo by Rosalie O’Connor.

American Ballet Theatre, Night Falls by Brady Farrar – A pas de deux that reflects an atmosphere of intimacy inspired by the tranquil light at dusk, the piece is set to Chopin’s Nocturne No. 19 in E Minor No. 1.

The company of the Dance Theater of Harlem, Blake Works IV (The Barre Project). Photo by Theik Smith.

Dance Theatre of Harlem, Blake Works IV (The Barre Project) by William Forsythe – Created specifically for DTH, this work is the fourth and latest iteration in a continuously evolving series that originated digitally during the height of the pandemic when live performances were not possible. In this new version, the renowned choreographer highlights his love for the music of British composer James Blake and the diverse and formidable talents of the company.

In addition to the performances, every afternoon in the David Geffen Hall lobby, one of the companies will offer free dance workshops in its unique teaching style and dance forms to participants of all ages and abilities.

BAAND Together Dance Festival plays July 30-August 3, 2024, Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 4 pm, at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC. For tickets (available on a Choose-What-You-Pay basis, with a suggested ticket price of $35 and a $5 per ticket minimum), go online.

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