The New York City Center will resume its live performances in October with the Fall for Dance Festival, one of its premier events. The dance showcase will open the theater’s 2021-2022 season, which will also include a Twyla Tharp birthday party, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s annual Christmas engagement, and two new dance series.

“We really wanted to reaffirm our commitment to the New York audience as a very New York institution and to New York artists,” said Arlene Shuler, President and CEO of City Center, about the ambitious season.

“It’s a huge opportunity for artists,” added Stanford Makishi, vice president and artistic director of dance programs. “Those I have spoken to over the past 16 months, they are all eager not only to get back on stage, but also to actually interact with the audience.”

City Center announced four orders for this year’s Fall for Dance on Tuesday. Ayodele Casel, Lar Lubovitch and Justin Peck will create new pieces that will be distributed across the festival’s five programs; and the Verdon Fosse Legacy, an organization dedicated to preserving the work of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, will reconstruct three dances for the festival. The full line-up and schedule will be released in early September.

In November Twyla Tharp celebrates her 80th birthday with “Twyla Now”, a program with two world premieres and signature works. A variety of stars including Sara Mearns and Robert Fairchild will perform, supported by an ensemble of young dancers.

The City Center’s new dance program will begin in 2022. Tiler Peck, director of the New York City Ballet, will inaugurate Artists at the Center, which allows an accomplished dancer to create a program; Peck’s program March 3-6 will include works by William Forsythe, Alonzo King, and others. The City Center Dance Festival, a spring counterpart to Fall for Dance, will follow from March 24th to April 10th. It will feature several New York ensembles, including the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Dance Theater of Harlem, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

The encores! The series, which revives rarely produced Broadway musicals, also returns in 2022. May), were announced last year. The coming encores! Season will be the first under the artistic direction of Lear deBessonet, who was announced as the successor to Jack Viertel in 2019.

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