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NYC Ballet is In the House: Photo Essay

NYC Ballet is In the House: Photo Essay
Crates and boxes from seven semis line the halls and storage areas of SPAC as the NYC Ballet prepares for its summer season in Saratoga
Dale Willman

July 2 2013

Monday and Tuesday were moving days as the New York City Ballet prepares for opening night at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC).

Preparing the set for 'West Side Story'

The group will present 15 ballets during its summer season July 9-13, among them ‘West Side Story Suite’ and ‘Theme and Variations’ by George Balanchine. In a news release, SPAC Director Marsha White calls the five days of performances “exceptional.”

Preparing to fly 'chandeliers' that will be used in the performance of "Theme and variations"

The temporary move from New York to Saratoga involved seven trucks full of sets, costumes and special ballet floors to be placed on stage. According to the news release, the ballet is bringing more than 1,000 toe shoes and hundreds of costumes. They even bring their own washer and dryer.

An electrician prepares a part of some three miles of cables for the NYC Ballet lighting system

The opening night performance on July 9 will include three selections by Tchaikovsky – the Garland Dance from ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ the ‘Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux’ and Theme and Variations. A fourth selection comes from the ‘Barber Violin Concerto.’

Preparing the light grid for opening night, with empty seats awaiting patrons

Tickets for all performances are available on-line or at the SPAC box office on Route 50; you can also call (518) 584-9330. Prices range from $24 for a lawn seat to $30 – $80 under the cover. Children 12 and under are given free lawn seats through a program called “GE Kids in Free.”

The stage is getting ready

Checking the rigging



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