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SPAC Premieres

New York City Ballet

Wednesday • Jul 19, 2023 – Thursday • Jul 20, 2023


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.  


Scherzo Fantastique (Stravinsky/Peck)

Play Time (Knowles/Reisen)

Liturgy (Pärt/Wheeldon)

Love Letter (on shuffle) (Blake/Abraham)

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. 

New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra 2023 residencies are made possible in part by funding from DeCrescente & Mackey Auto Group as well as additional supporting corporate sponsors & individual contributors.


SPAC Amphitheater Ground Rules

Applicable for Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival and classical events including, New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Permitted Items

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

Items Not Permitted

  • Glass containers  
  • Plastic tarps
  • Lawn chairs over 43” when collapsed 
  • Tents are prohibited on amphitheater lawn 
  • Grills or cooking equipment 
  • Laser pointers 
  • Drones 
  • Professional audio or video recording equipment 
  • Cameras with detachable lenses 
  • Bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters, etc. 
  • Animals (except ADA approved service animals) 
  • Illegal drugs or substances 
  • Weapons of any kind

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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