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New York City Center Announces Digital 2020 Fall for Dance Festival Live from the Stage

New York City Center Announces Digital 2020 Fall for Dance Festival Live from the Stage


New York City Center




Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 7:30pm
Monday, October 26, 2020 - 7:30pm



New York City Center

New York City Center announces digital  

2020 Fall for Dance Festival live from the stage,  

October 21 & 26 

Available on demand through November 1, highlights include: 

Four World Premiere City Center Commissions from  

Kyle Abraham, Dormeshia, Jamar Roberts, 

and Christopher Wheeldon 

Hosted by Alicia Graf Mack and David Hallberg 

Digital access $15 per program

New York City Center President &  CEO Arlene Shuler today announced programming for an unprecedented 2020 Fall for Dance Festival in  two programs premiering October 21 and 26, and available on demand through November 1. Reflecting  this singular moment in history, this season marks the first time the Festival will be filmed live on the  City Center stage and presented digitally—making the annual sold-out “highlight of the city’s cultural  calendar” (The New York Times) accessible to the entire world to experience.  

For seventeen seasons, the Fall for Dance Festival has welcomed dance lovers, both existing and new, to  experience an array of international dance artists and a variety of genres. Hosted by Alicia Graf Mack and David Hallberg, the 2020 Festival features exclusively artists from New York City performing on the  City Center stage—highlighting the resilience of dance and dance artists, and the power of coming  together in solidarity through the arts.

“The fall has always signaled the beginning of a new season of performing arts across the city. In that  tradition, we are turning the lights back on and presenting the Festival live from our stage as the first  steps toward City Center’s reopening to the public,” said President & CEO Arlene Shuler. “We are  steadfast in our commitment to support artists at this crucial time, and, with rigorous health and safety  protocols in place, we are thrilled to have them back in our building where they belong. We have deep,  longstanding relationships with many of the artists and companies in this year’s Festival and we are all eager to get them back on the stage. While we may not be able to welcome audiences into the theater  yet, I’m delighted that we are able to capture the energy of live performance on our stage and bring  these artists directly to our audience—across the city, country, and around the world.” 


OCT 21 & 26, 2020 

Digital access $15 per program (through Nov 1) 


October 21|7:30PM ET 

Ballet Hispánico 

Excerpts from 18+1 | New York Premiere 

Choreography by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano 

Performed by Ballet Hispánico Company Dancers: Shelby Colona, Dandara Veiga, & Lenai Wilkerson 

Jamar Roberts of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 

Morani/Mungu (Black Warrior/Black God) World Premiere City Center Commission Choreography by Jamar Roberts 

Martha Graham Dance Company 


Choreography by Martha Graham 

Featuring Natasha M. Diamond-Walker 

Sara Mearns & David Hallberg 

The Two of Us World Premiere City Center Commission 

Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon 


October 26|7:30PM ET 

Ashley Bouder, Tiler Peck, & Brittany Pollack 

Excerpts from Who Cares? 

Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Calvin Royal III of American Ballet Theatre 

World Premiere City Center Commission 

Choreography by Kyle Abraham 

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company 

Duet from Concerto Six Twenty-Two 

Choreography by Lar Lubovitch 

With guest artists Adrian Danchig-Waring & Joseph Gordon 


Lady Swings the Blues World Premiere City Center Commission 

Conceived and Choreographed by Dormeshia 

Accompanied by Noah Garabedian, Winard Harper, & Gabriel Roxbury


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