Performance Total Run Time: 1 hour 22 minutes

Why this show is special

  • Lineage features 3 different ballets in 1 show (also known as a Triple Bill)
  • 2 choreographers won Tony awards
  • 1 choreographer won the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Typically, so many difficult ballets are not all danced in one night (but our dancers are amazing!)

About what you’ll see

1st Ballet: Square Dance 

  • Choreographed by George Balanchine, considered one of the greatest American Choreographers
  • A Ballet Version of a Square Dance
  •  Very fast and very challenging 

 2nd Ballet: In Creases 

  • Choreographed by Justin Peck, considered one of the top choreographers in the dance world currently
  • Set to music by Philip Glass 
  • A more modern ballet where the dance itself creates complex geometric and unique patterns
  • Features two grand pianos onstage

 3rd Ballet: After the Rain

  • Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon 
  • A more contemporary ballet, said to be so powerful in its simplicity
  • The final duet (aka. Pas de deux) of the ballet is iconic and performed all over the world
  • Most companies don’t get permission to do the entire ballet

After the Rain with Edwaard Liang

Behind the Scenes: Rehearsal Photos

Defining Lineage: Meet the choreographers behind our upcoming triple bill

Lineage: A Collection of Short Ballets pays homage to the great choreographer George Balanchine, as well as two others—Christopher Wheeldon and Justin Peck—who each danced with New York City Ballet in different eras, yet who have risen in recent years as intelligent choreographers like Balanchine himself.

Explore the three choreographers behind the three ballets we’ll perform Oct. 26 through Nov. 3 at the Davidson Theatre.

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After the Rain Christopher Wheeldon

Lineage Choreographers

Learn more about the choreographers and their works being performed in Lineage.

Justin Peck

In Creases
Length of Piece: 14 minutes
Music: Four Movements for Two Pianos (First and Third Movements) Composer: Philip Glass
Companies who have performed it: New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet

Justin Peck is the Resident Choreographer and soloist dancer with the New York City Ballet. He began choreographing in 2009 at the New York Choreographic Institute. In 2014, after the creation of his acclaimed ballet Everywhere We Go, he was appointed as Resident Choreographer of New York City Ballet. He is the second person in the institution’s history to hold this title. Peck joined New York City Ballet as a dancer in 2006. As a performer, Peck has danced a vast repertoire of works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, Alexei Ratmansky, Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon, and many others. In 2013, Peck was promoted to the rank of Soloist. Justin has created over 30 ballets– 16 of those for New York City Ballet. His works have been performed by Paris Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, LA Dance Project, Dutch National Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet, to name a few. His collaborators include composers Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner (The National), Dan Deacon; visual artists Shepard Fairey, Marcel Dzama, John Baldessari, and Jules de Balincourt; and fashion designers Mary Katrantzou, Humberto Leon (Kenzo, Opening Ceremony), Tumori Chisato, and Dries Van Noten. In 2014, Peck was the subject of the documentary Ballet 422, which followed him for two months as he created NYCB’s 422nd original dance, Paz de la Jolla. In 2015, his ballet Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes won the Bessie Award for Outstanding Production. Peck choreographed and consulted on the 20th Century Fox feature film Red Sparrow, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton. The movie was directed by Francis Lawrence. Peck choreographed the 2018 Broadway revival of Carousel. The production was directed by Jack O’Brien and stars Jesse Meuller, Joshua Henry, & Renée Fleming. That same year, Peck received the Tony Award for best choreography, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography, and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Choreography for his work on the production.

Christopher Wheeldon

After the Rain
Length of Piece: 15 minutes
Music: Tabula Rasa (1977) (First movement – “Ludus”) and Spiegel Im Spiegel (1978) Composer: Arvo Pärt
Companies who have performed it: New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Australian Ballet
Noteworthy Dancers who have performed it: Wendy Whelan & Jock Soto, Sofiane Sylve & Edwaard Liang

Christopher Wheeldon was born in Yeovil, Somerset, and began his ballet training when he was eight years old. He began studying at The Royal Ballet School at the age of 11. He joined The Royal Ballet in 1991 and won the Gold Medal at the Prix de Lausanne competition. In 1993 he was invited to become a member of New York City Ballet (NYCB), where he was promoted to Soloist in 1998. He began choreographing for NYCB with Slavonic Dances for the 1997 Diamond Project. After creating Mercurial Manoeuvres for NYCB’s spring 2000 Diamond Project, Mr. Wheeldon retired from dancing to concentrate on his choreographic work. In the 2000/01 Season, he served as NYCB’s first Artist in Residence and in July 2001 he was named NYCB’s first Resident Choreographer. In 2007, Mr. Wheeldon founded Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company with the goal of introducing a spirit of innovation to classical ballet by fostering collaboration among choreographers, dancers, visual artists, designers, composers and others who could bring new life and perspective to the art form. As Mr. Wheeldon’s choreography has pushed ballet into new territories, he has been widely praised by critics and audiences alike. He received the Martin E. Segal Award from the Lincoln Center and the American Choreography Award, and in 2005 received the Dance Magazine Award. He won the London Critics’ Circle Award for best new ballet for Polyphonia, and a performance of the piece by NYCB dancers received an Olivier Award. DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2006, and the inaugural season of Morphoses at Sadler’s Wells won a South Bank Show Award. In 2012, Mr. Wheeldon was appointed Artistic Associate at The Royal Ballet. His most recent ballet, The Winter’s Tale, premiered to much acclaim at The Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden April 10, 2014.

George Balanchine

Square Dance
Length of Piece: 23 minutes
Music: Concerto Grosso in B minor, Op. 3 no. 10; Concerto Grosso in E major, Op. 3, no. 12 (first movement), Sarabanda, Badinerie e Giga (second and third movements) Composer:  Vivaldi, Antonio / Corelli, Arcangelo
Companies who have performed it: New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet

George Balanchine is widely regarded as the most influential choreographer of the 20th century. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1904, he studied at the Imperial Ballet School and danced with the Mariinsky Theatre Ballet Company. In the summer of 1924, Balanchine left for Europe, where he joined the Ballets Russes and choreographed his first important ballets: Apollo (1928) and Prodigal Son (1929). Balanchine spent his next few years on a variety of projects in Europe and the formed his own company, Les Ballets 1933, in Paris. There he met American arts connoisseur Lincoln Kierstein, who persuaded him to come to the United States. In 1934, the pair founded the School of American Ballet. Balanchine’s first ballet in the U.S., Serenade, set to music by Tchaikovsky, was created for SAB students and premiered on June 9, 1934. Balanchine and Kirstein founded the Ballet Society in 1946, which was renamed New York City Ballet in 1948. Balanchine served as the Company’s ballet master from that year until his death in 1983, building it into one of the most important performing arts institutions in the world. He choreographed 425 works over the course of 60-plus years, and his musical choices ranged from Tchaikovsky to Stravinsky to Gershwin. Many of Balanchine’s works are considered masterpieces and are performed by ballet companies all over the world.