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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.

Sep 8, 2019

How did New York City Ballet come to be? Join Corps de Ballet Member Silas Farley as he goes deep into the history of Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine’s groundbreaking company. (30:30)

Continue listening to Part 2 of this episode.

All music performed by the New York City Ballet Orchestra.

Ballets discussed in this episode:

Sleeping Beauty
Concerto Barocco
Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
Symphony in C


Quotations from the writings of Lincoln Kirstein are © 2019 by the New York Public Library (Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations).


Reference Books for the Entire Season

Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans

No Fixed Points: Dance in the Twentieth Century by Nancy Reynolds and Malcolm McCormick

Reference Books for Hear the Dance: A History of New York City Ballet, Parts 1 & 2

Thirty Years: New York City Ballet by Lincoln Kirstein

By With To & From: A Lincoln Kirstein Reader Edited by Nicholas Jenkins

Repertory in Review: Forty Years of The New York City Ballet by Nancy Reynolds

Dance for a City: Fifty Years of The New York City Ballet Edited by Lynn Garafola with Eric Foner

Balanchine and Kirstein’s American Enterprise by James Steichen

Balanchine: A Biography by Bernard Taper

Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins by Amanda Vaill

Far From Denmark by Peter Martins

In Balanchine’s Company: A Dancer’s Memoir by Barbara Milberg Fisher