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SPAC Premieres

New York City Ballet

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Highlighted by music from Solange Knowles, James Blake, and Arvo Pärt. Gianna Reisen’s Play Time, Kyle Abraham’s Love Letter (on shuffle), and Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy make their SPAC premieres. Justin Peck’s Scherzo Fantastique returns for the first time since its World Premiere in 2016.

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Scherzo Fantastique (Stravinsky/Peck)

Play Time (Knowles/Reisen)

Liturgy (Pärt/Wheeldon)

Love Letter (on shuffle) (Blake/Abraham)


Principal Casting

SCHERZO FANTASTIQUE: Pollack, Coll, M. Miller, Huxley
PLAY TIME: Phelan, Woodward, E. Von Enck, Bradley, Clark, Chan, Coll, Takahashi, Riccardo, Gabriel
LITURGY: Adams, Furlan [Solo Violin: Nikkanen]
LOVE LETTER (on shuffle): Starner, Kikta, Bell, Lundgren, Boisson, Corti, Lister, Bologna, Targosz, Stanley, Villarini-Velez, Mabie, Walker, Grant, Soares, Weber

Scherzo Fantastique (Stravinsky/Peck)

Set to Stravinsky’s eponymous score, Scherzo Fantastique was commissioned by SPAC and held its World Premiere here in 2016. The ballet for 10 dancers is Resident Choreographer Justin Peck’s eleventh work for New York City Ballet.  

Play Time (Knowles/Reisen)

Set to a free jazz score by Grammy-winning artist Solange Knowles, Gianna Reisen’s Play Time features a cavorting ensemble of ten dancers in metallic and jewel-toned, business suit-inspired costumes covered in pinstripes of brilliantly eye-catching Swarovski crystals designed by Alejandro Gómez Palomo. Reisen’s third work for New York City Ballet, this piece premiered at the 2022 NYC Fall Fashion Gala. 

Liturgy (Pärt/Wheeldon)

Liturgy is a contemplative pas de deux with a hushed, mystical quality as two dancers separate and return to one another with ever increasing intensity before disappearing into the darkness together. The title of Avro Pärt’s musical composition Fratres, which means “brothers,” and the religious solemnity of the music bring to mind services in a medieval monastery. Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has frequently been drawn to contemporary composers and uses a classical foundation to create works that are firmly modern in their feel and resonance. 

Love Letter (on shuffle) (Blake/Abraham)

In Love Letter (on shuffle), Kyle Abraham builds on the momentum of 2018’s The Runaway, reuniting the pop stylings of singer, songwriter, and producer James Blake and eye-catching costume designs by Giles Deacon, inspiring the Company’s dancers to new physical and emotional heights in a mashup of phenomenal classical feats and contemporary swagger. 

Our 2024 New York City Ballet & The Philadelphia Orchestra residencies are made possible with support from DeCrescente, Mackey Auto Group and Kids in Free sponsor, Fenimore Asset Management, as well as, additional supporting corporate sponsors & individual contributors.

SPAC Amphitheater Ground Rules

Applicable for classical events including New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra. View Live Nation event ground rules here. 

Permitted Items

  • Food, beverages, and disposable utensils.
  • Picnic blankets and breathable ground coverings.
  • Umbrellas and chairs are permitted, but will be restricted by sizing for use on the main amphitheater lawn, as follows:
    • Lawn chairs must not exceed 43” when collapsed.
    • Lawn chairs on the center amphitheater lawn must not exceed 26″ in height when opened.
    • Only personal-sized umbrellas will be permitted on the lawn.
    • NO tents of any size will be permitted on the amphitheater lawn.

Items Not Permitted

  • Plastic tarps
  • Tents are prohibited from the Amphitheater lawn.
  • Grills, cooking equipment, or any flame that uses a liquid, gas, or gel accelerant.
  • Laser pointers
  • Drones
  • Professional audio or video recording equipment
  • Cameras with detachable lenses
  • Bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters, etc.
  • Pets (except ADA approved service animals)
  • Illegal drugs or substances
  • Weapons of any kind


  • To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all SPAC visitors and staff, all containers and packages will be inspected. This includes coolers, baskets, tote bags, purses, diaper bags, strollers, and all other containers.Any item that is not permitted to come onto the SPAC grounds should be disposed of or returned to your vehicle.
  • Smoking is permitted on the SPAC grounds in designated areas only.Please ensure that all cigarette butts are disposed of properly.
  • Guests are welcome to bring blankets and umbrellas but please consider others around you- if your items are disruptive to others, you may be asked to remove them.
  • In the event that guests are unable to sit through the entire performance, please note that there is a grassy area behind the Julie Bonacio Family Pavilion with access to a video screen which would allow guests to continue watching the performance.


  • Beverages are permitted in the amphitheater, but food is not.
  • As a courtesy to the performers and the audience, latecomers won’t be seated until the earliest appropriate opportunity in the performance at the discretion of the House Staff.
  • Please turn off or silence all mobile devices prior to the start of the program.Texting and making calls in the theater is not allowed.  Should an emergency arise in which you must use a mobile device, we ask that you step outside of the theater to avoid disturbing other guests.
  • Video, photography, audio, or cell phone recording during performances is prohibited.
  • SPAC has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to race, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender presentation, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion, and citizenship. Harassment includes but is not limited to stalking, verbal or physical intimidation, offensive verbal comments, physical assault and/or battery, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome physical attention. If you are made to feel uncomfortable or unsafe, please immediately report any concerns to SPAC staff or security personnel so appropriate action can be taken.

All SPAC ground rules are subject to change. By entering the SPAC grounds, guests agree to abide by the rules listed above. Management reserves the right to modify these rules or can request to see the contents of any belongings brought on property at their discretion. We appreciate your cooperation in maintaining the utmost levels of safety and convenience for our guests and staff.

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