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Welcome to City Ballet The Podcast, an exploration of New York City Ballet introduced by Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford, where we'll journey through our history, delve into our new and existing repertory, and reveal insider tidbits.

The Rosin Box with Claire Kretzschmar and Aarón Sanz

The Rosin Box gives you the opportunity to listen in on candid conversations with members of the New York City Ballet. Hosted by NYCB Soloist Aarón Sanz and recently retired Soloist Claire Kretzschmar, these episodes take you behind-the-scenes, offering you exclusive insight into the lives of the Company’s dancers.

New Combinations with Wendy Whelan

During our performance season, New York City Ballet showcases recent works from some of the most influential choreographers working today. Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan hosts the New Combinations episodes, where she talks to the choreographers and other artists behind the unique new works premiering this season at New York City Ballet.

Hear the Dance 

Explore our expansive repertory, from the earliest Balanchine works to more recent classics, with an insider’s take on the Company’s rich history with Hear the Dance. Taking on a new ballet each episode, the host is joined by many key players, from original cast members to ballet masters to current NYCB dancers, who share their personal experiences performing and coaching works from our illustrious repertory.

See the Music with Andrew Litton

In See the Music, New York City Ballet’s Music Director Andrew Litton takes us off the stage and into the orchestra pit, giving listeners an in-depth look at the scores from some of our most notable ballets, featuring discussions with both orchestra members and commissioned composers.

Dec 23, 2019

The art of ballet doesn't exist in a vacuum, and in the second half of this two-part episode of Hear the Dance, Silas Farley and cultural scholar Elizabeth Kendall, author of the 2013 book Balanchine & the Lost Muse Revolution & the Making of a Choreographer, discuss how the aftershocks of the Russian Revolution affected Balanchine's development as a choreographer, and the events that lead up to his dramatic departure from Russia in 1924. (34:20)

This is a continuation of Part 1 of this episode.

The Nutcracker by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky
Romance in E-Flat Major, Op. 44 No. 1 by Anton Rubinstein
Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op 35: Marche funebre - lento Frédéric Chopin

Reading List (Pt. 1 & Pt. 2)
Balanchine and the Lost Muse: Revolution and the Making of a Choreographer by Elizabeth Kendall

Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky: Interviews with George Balanchine by Solomon Volkov

Balanchine’s Complete Stories of the Great Ballets by George Balanchine and Francis Mason

Choura: The Memoirs of Alexandra Danilova By Alexandra Danilova

Split Seconds: A Remembrance by Tamara Geva