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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.

Mar 8, 2021

Hear the Dance host and former NYCB dancer Silas Farley is back for the newest two-part episode of City Ballet The Podcast. Farley is joined by former Principal Dancer Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux for a lively discussion of Balanchine’s neoclassical masterpiece, Stravinsky Violin Concerto. In this first half of their conversation, Bonnefoux describes joining the Paris Opera Ballet at the age of 14, achieving the rank of principal dancer at 21, and relinquishing his position there just a year short of earning his pension to move to the US and work with Balanchine. The episode includes a short excerpt from legendary Russian teacher Alexander Pushkin’s class as well as Bonnefoux’s retelling of his last-minute lifesaving intercession on behalf of fellow Pushkin student, Rudolf Nureyev. (47:13)

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major (1931) by Igor Stravinsky
Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, B.W.V. 1043 by Johan Sebastian Bach
Orpheus (1947) by Igor Stravinsky

Reading List:
Dance is a Contact Sport by Joseph H. Mazo
Striking a Balance: Dancers Talk About Dancing by Barbara Newman
The Stravinsky Festival of The New York City Ballet by Nancy Goldner
Igor Stravinsky: An Autobiography by Igor Stravinsky
The Dance Element in Stravinsky's Music by George Balanchine
Balanchine's Fourth Dimension by Lincoln Kirstein
Alexander Pushkin: Master Teacher of Dance by Gennady Albert
Vera Volkova: A Biography by Alexander Meinertz
Classes in Classical Ballet: A Book for Teachers and Dancers by Asaf Messerer
Rudolph Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanaugh
Alonzo King Lines Ballet by Alonzo King and RJ Muna
Balanchine & the Lost Muse: Revolution & the Making of a Choreographer by Elizabeth Kendall

Written by Silas Farley
Edited by Laura Snow