A scene from Peter Martins’ Romeo + JulietSaratoga Springs, N.Y. - Among the highlights of New York City Ballet's SPAC program this week will be three performances of Peter Martins' striking, full-length production of Romeo + Juliet,  July 18, 19 and 21.  A lush and powerful staging of Shakespeare's classic romantic tragedy, the work features breathtaking swordfights, brilliant, abstract costumes and scenery by acclaimed Danish artist Per Kirkeby including a movable unit set that allows scenes to change in full view of the audience.  The cast for the production will include 5 young dancers from the Capital Region. Other program highlights include Alexei Ratmansky's masterful Russian Seasons as well as Peter Martins' The Waltz Project and Christopher Wheeldon's DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, each having their first appearance at SPAC this season. Ticket and program information available at spac.org Photo Opportunities MON, JULY 16,  2 - 6 PM: Romeo + Juliet Load-In Crews will be loading-in and assembling an innovative movable unit set for Romeo + Juliet that allows scenes to change in full view of the audience. The staging also features brilliant, abstract backdrops and costumes designed by acclaimed Danish artist Per Kirkeby. TUES, JULY 17,  4 - 6 PM:  Romeo + Juliet  Rehearsal A rehearsal of Romeo + Juliet with the sets and entire cast will occur from 4 - 6 p.m. Photographers and members of the media are welcome and encouraged to cover these events. Advance notification is kindly requested. HIGHLIGHTS, JULY 17 - 21 Romeo + Juliet July 18, 19 and 21 (2 P.M.) Peter Martins' striking, full-length production of Romeo + Juliet brings dance and drama to Shakespeare's classic romantic tragedy of star-crossed young lovers and their feuding families. The two-act work is set to Prokofiev's sweeping score and features striking, abstract scenery and costumes by acclaimed Danish artist Per Kirkeby. Five local children are dancing with NYCB in the production. Repertory Highlights Alexei Ratmansky's masterwork, RUSSIAN SEASONS, returns to SPAC's stage for the first time since its 2006 Saratoga debut. An inventive, compelling work set to a score for solo voice and orchestra by Leonid Desyatnikov, this critically acclaimed ballet has been performed by dance companies around the world.  Christopher Wheeldon's DGV: DANSE Á GRANDE VITESSE and Peter Martins' THE WALTZ PROJECT, each making their SPAC premieres this season, are part of NYCB's program for the second week. Created for Britain's The Royal Ballet in 2006, DGV: Danse â Grande Vitesse features 26 dancers and is set to a score by composer Michael Nyman. The Waltz Project, which had its premiere in 1988, is set to a collection of music by 13 composers including John Cage, Milton Babbitt, Robert Moran and Philip Glass. Other repertory highlights include: George Balanchine's BRAHMS-SCHOENBERG QUARTET, set to Brahms' luxurious score and featuring a cast of 55 dancers;  Jerome Robbins' silent ballet MOVES;  Peter Martins' JEU DE CARTES, featuring whimsical scenery and costume designs by Ian Falconer, author and illustrator of the adored children's book series Olivia, and SINFONIA, not seen at SPAC since 1995 and set to a score by Stravinsky. Girls Night Out sponsored by the Times Union Wed, July 18, 6 - 8 p.m. SPAC's largest pre-show, Girls Night Out features complimentary massages, mini mani-pedis, yoga, makeup demos, hair blowouts, nutrition advice, psychics, boutique shopping, fine wine and chocolate tastings and more. The Sage Colleges Date Night Series Thurs, July 19, 6 - 8 p.m. Complimentary imported food and wine tastings highlight The Sage Colleges Date Night Series which also includes classic photos from Saratoga PhotoBooth. CDPHP Family Night   Fri, July 20, 6 - 8 p.m. One of the most popular evenings at SPAC, Family Nights feature free Stewart's ice cream, a balloon artist, chalk contests, hula-hoop contests and family games. New this year, Family Nights will also include cameo appearances by Randy the Raccoon and "The Smile Zone," a designated photo area and custom portrait station sponsored by Glens Falls Pediatric Dentistry and Saratoga PhotoBooth. At 7 p.m., Albany Med presents "Children's Workshops on the Lawn" with a NYCB principal dancer leading children in an interactive talk and demonstration on ballet.  Star Dedication for Lewis Swyer Sat, July 21, 7:15 p.m.  Amphitheatre Entrance Members of Saratoga Performing Arts Center's Board of Directors join SPAC President Marcia White to dedicate a star in SPAC's Walk of Fame to SPAC founder and former SPAC Board Chairman Lewis Swyer (1918-1988).  Lew Swyer, whose company built SPAC's Amphitheatre, went on to become Chairman of SPAC's Board and has been called one of the individuals most responsible for establishing the arts center.  Fireworks will conclude the evening. http://www.spac.org/


Contact: Shane Williams-Ness, 518.584.9330 x 116 M:518.378.0295 shane@spac.org   Lisa Hill, 518.584.9330 x 119 M:518.496.2882 lhill@spac.org; http://www.spac.org/