Press Release


ACB’s June Series Promises a Spirited Salute

April 30, 2018

When asked his reason for choreographing a ballet to Sousa’s marches, George Balanchine famously replied, “Because I like his music.” So did just about everyone else in America – what further inspiration do you need?

None, as far as American Contemporary Ballet Artistic Director Lincoln Jones is concerned. Spectacular Balanchine!, this season’s iteration of the company’s Balanchine and the Classics program, showcases Balanchine’s buoyant choreography to the popular music of his day with excerpts from four ballets to music orchestrated by American composer Hershey Kay.

Jones says it’s a side of Balanchine that ACB hasn’t yet shown. “While works like Agon are tremendous avant-garde illustrations of music, these four pieces express the truly joyful aspects of his personality as a choreographer. In these ballets, he connects so strongly to the pure dance impulse we all feel.”

Spectacular Balanchine! includes performances from Who Cares?, Stars and Stripes, Union Jack and Western Symphony, as well as an original balletic tribute to their style by Jones.

Jones says the show is designed to be both a stirring reminder of both Balanchine’s scope as an artist, and his power to capture and bring to life the collective cultural spirit of the time. “I think anyone who sees this show will understand why Balanchine was not only ballet’s best choreographer, but Broadway’s as well.”

For donors with a fondness for spectacular views and no history of vertigo, ACB will host an opening night post-performance Summer Kickoff rooftop party, 360-degree panoramic city views included.

Spectacular Balanchine! June 7 - 17

Thursday, June 7 at 8:00 p.m.; Friday, June 8 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, June 9 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, June 10 at 4:00 p.m.; Thursday, June 14 at 8:00 p.m.; Friday, June 15 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, June 17 at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets: $40 - $500; visit

Sneak Preview May 20 4:00 p.m.: At ACB’s Dancing School, Artistic Director Lincoln Jones takes guests inside Balanchine's fiendishly difficult I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise variation from Who Cares?

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PRESS CONTACT:    Amy Jones / (206) 920-0062