Saturday, 3 September 2011

Sir Paul McCartney's Ocean Kingdom

New York City Ballet Presents
the Premiere of

Sir Paul McCartney’s
Ocean’s Kingdom

at NYCB’s Fall Gala on Thursday, September 22

New York City Ballet will open its 2011-2012 season at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, September 13, with four weeks of fall performances through October 9, featuring 16 ballets including works by George Balanchine, Peter Martins, Jerome Robbins and Christopher Wheeldon.

The four-week fall season opens with the return of Peter Martins’ full-length staging of Swan Lake, set to Tschaikovsky’s beloved score, and featuring sets and costumes designed by the acclaimed Danish artist Per Kirkeby. The Company will present six performances of Swan Lake, which was last performed to sold-out houses during NYCB’s 2011 winter season.

The highlight of the fall season will be the September 22 Fall Gala, which will feature the World Premiere of Ocean’s Kingdom, a collaboration between Sir Paul McCartney and NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins. The production will mark the first time that Sir Paul has written an original orchestral score for dance, and will also feature costumes designed by the acclaimed fashion designer Stella McCartney, who will be designing costumes for the theater for the first time ever. Ocean’s Kingdom will also feature projections designed by S. Katy Tucker, and lighting designed by Mark Stanley.

The September 22 gala performance will also include a special “See the Music…” presentation featuring NYCB Music Director Fayçal Karoui and the New York City Ballet Orchestra, which will open the evening with a unique exploration of the Ocean’s Kingdom score.

Following the World Premiere performance, Ocean’s Kingdom will be performed four additional times during the fall season on September 24, 25, 27, and 29 (as well as five additional performances during the 2012 winter season on January 19, 21, 24, 27, and 29).
For tickets, contact the David H. Koch Theater box office, by phone at 212-496-0600, and online at

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