###Contacts: SPAC Shane Williams-Ness 518.584.9330 x 116 email@example.com Lisa Hill 518.584.9330 x 119 firstname.lastname@example.org NYCB Robert Daniels 212-870-4083 email@example.com Katharina Plumb 212.870.7760 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - The Board of Directors of Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) have announced that SPAC and the New York City Ballet have mutually agreed to a one-week summer engagement in Saratoga by New York City Ballet in 2014. In making the announcement, officials from both organizations stressed that they are seeking ways to preserve NYCB's historic annual engagement in Saratoga. "We remain firmly committed to SPAC's partnership with New York City Ballet and the continuance of this treasured residency," said Marcia J. White, SPAC's President and Executive Director. "While we are continuing to look at ways to restore a longer residency for future seasons, it is a time-consuming process, and as it is essential for both organizations to begin planning their next calendar year of performances, we have decided to move forward with plans for a one-week season by NYCB at SPAC in 2014." Regarded as one of the world's foremost dance companies, New York City Ballet will kick off its Saratoga engagement on Tuesday, July 9. The company will present seven performances over the course of the week which concludes with the Saturday, July 13 fundraising Ballet Gala: The Ruby Ball. The company will showcase a diverse repertory of 14 stunning ballets during its Saratoga engagement including Balanchine masterpieces Serenade and Theme and Variations as well as a special Gala program featuring the Saratoga premieres of Peter Martins' Bal de Couture and Christopher Wheeldon's pas de deux This Bitter Earth. Also highlighting the season will be three performances of Justin Peck's Year of the Rabbit which received wide critical acclaim following its New York debut in October. "New York City Ballet has spent more than 40 years performing at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and we are extraordinarily grateful for our loyal and enthusiastic audiences there. We are very pleased that we will continue our residency with SPAC in 2014," said Katherine Brown, NYCB's Executive Director. "Since for many years the engagement has resulted in a financial shortfall for both NYCB and SPAC, which neither organization is able to sustain, we will continue to work with SPAC on a solution. Committing now to returning to SPAC for one week in 2014, ensures New York City Ballet's continued presence in Saratoga." "Next Tuesday, New York City Ballet and its brilliant dancers will return to their summer stage at SPAC to present another breathtaking season of world-class dance. We remain supremely proud of our partnership with this extraordinary company which has helped shape SPAC's heritage and character over the past five decades and impacted the cultural environment and stature of the entire Capital Region," said White. "Their presence here next week represents an opportunity for each one of us to step out of our everyday routine; to be awed by the world's finest dancers while supporting SPAC and its commitment to this historic residency."