The New York City Ballet is almost here, which means we finally get a glimpse at the locally filmed NYCB x SPAC dance videos.
Over the next week, seven videos created by NYCB dancers and choreographers will be released on social media and on SPAC’s website, showing a different side of dance and of the Capital Region. One video will be released per day until July 15, a day ahead of NYCB's residency at SPAC.
The videos have become a tradition over the last few years, with NYCB dancers filming short choreographed videos at the Saratoga Train Station, the Race Course, and other locations around the Capital Region. The project was kick-started by Elizabeth Sobol, the president and CEO of SPAC, with the idea that moving classical art forms off the stage and into different environments can create new entry points for people.
Since then, NYCB dancers Emily Kikita and Peter Walker have taken on the project and each year choreographed and filmed videos around the Capital Region. The two began working on this season’s videos several months ago.
The first dance video, choreographed by Kikita and titled "Snow," was released this morning and features Kikita dancing in the middle of winter before waking up in the heat of summer, surrounded by fellow ballerinas.
The NYCB will return to SPAC on Tuesday, July 16 with and Tschaikovsky and Balanchine program. Until then, there are six more videos to look forward to.
For more info about the season, visit spac.org.