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Kirstein and Balanchine’s New York City Ballet: Four Modern Works

March 16-18, 2019, 12:00 and 3:00 p.m.

The Museum of Modern Art

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern, this three-day event features 18 dancers from New York City Ballet in excerpts from four landmark works created by George Balanchine, the legendary choreographer who cofounded the company with Lincoln Kirstein in 1948. NYCB corps de ballet member Silas Farley hosts the presentations and introduces selections from Concerto Barocco (1941), The Four Temperaments (1946), Orpheus (1948), and Agon (1957), accompanied by NYCB solo pianist Elaine Chelton.

Kirstein (1907–1996), a writer, curator, editor, impresario, tastemaker, and patron, was also a key figure in MoMA’s early history. On view March 17 through June 15, Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern explores Kirstein’s sweeping contributions to American cultural life in the 1930s and ’40s, featuring nearly 300 works from the Museum’s collection.

**Video and photography are not permitted during the program.**

Performances are produced by Lizzie Gorfaine, Producer, with Kate Scherer, Manager, Performance and Live Programs.

Piano by Steinway & Sons.

Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern is organized by Jodi Hauptman, Senior Curator, and Samantha Friedman, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints.

The exhibition is supported by the Annual Exhibition Fund with major contributions from the Estate of Ralph L. Riehle, Alice and Tom Tisch, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, Brett and Daniel Sundheim, Karen and Gary Winnick, The Marella and Giovanni Agnelli Fund for Exhibitions, and Oya and Bülent Eczacıbaşı.

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George Balanchine. The Four Temperaments. 1946. Excerpt presented in “Kirstein and Balanchine’s New York City Ballet: Four Modern Works” in the Marron Atrium at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 16, 2019, in conjunction with Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern (March 17–June 15, 2019). Dancers, from left: Meaghan Dutton-O’Hara, Andrew Scordado. Digital image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

George Balanchine. The Four Temperaments. 1946. Excerpt presented in “Kirstein and Balanchine’s New York City Ballet: Four Modern Works” in the Marron Atrium at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 16, 2019, in conjunction with Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern (March 17–June 15, 2019). Digital image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

George Balanchine. The Four Temperaments. 1946. Excerpt presented in “Kirstein and Balanchine’s New York City Ballet: Four Modern Works” in the Marron Atrium at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 16, 2019, in conjunction with Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern (March 17–June 15). Dancers, from left: Peter Walker, Miriam Miller. Digital image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

George Balanchine. The Four Temperaments. 1946. Excerpt presented in “Kirstein and Balanchine’s New York City Ballet: Four Modern Works” in the Marron Atrium at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 16, 2019, in conjunction with Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern (March 17–June 15). Digital image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

George Balanchine. Agon. 1957. Excerpt presented in “Kirstein and Balanchine’s New York City Ballet: Four Modern Works” in the Marron Atrium at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 16, 2019, in conjunction with Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern (March 17–June 15, 2019). Dancers, from left: Unity Phelan, Sara Adams. Pianist: Elaine Chelton. Digital image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

George Balanchine. Agon. 1957. Excerpt presented in “Kirstein and Balanchine’s New York City Ballet: Four Modern Works” in the Marron Atrium at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 16, 2019, in conjunction with Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern (March 17–June 15, 2019). Dancers, from left: Sara Adams, Peter Walker, Unity Phelan. Digital image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

George Balanchine. Agon. 1957. Excerpt presented in “Kirstein and Balanchine’s New York City Ballet: Four Modern Works” in the Marron Atrium at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 16, 2019, in conjunction with Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern (March 17–June 15). Dancers, from left: Unity Phelan, Sara Adams, Peter Walker. Digital image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

George Balanchine. Agon. 1957. Excerpt presented in “Kirstein and Balanchine’s New York City Ballet: Four Modern Works” in the Marron Atrium at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 16, 2019, in conjunction with Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern (March 17–June 15). Dancer: Peter Walker. Digital image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

George Balanchine. Orpheus. 1948. Excerpt presented in “Kirstein and Balanchine’s New York City Ballet: Four Modern Works” in the Marron Atrium at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 16, 2019, in conjunction with Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern (March 17–June 15, 2019). Dancers, from left: Andrew Scordato, Gonzalo Garcia. Digital image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

George Balanchine. Orpheus. 1948. Excerpt presented in “Kirstein and Balanchine’s New York City Ballet: Four Modern Works” in the Marron Atrium at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 16, 2019, in conjunction with Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern (March 17–June 15). Dancers, from left: Gonzalo Garcia, Andrew Scordato. Digital image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

George Balanchine. Orpheus. 1948. Excerpt presented in “Kirstein and Balanchine’s New York City Ballet: Four Modern Works” in the Marron Atrium at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 16, 2019, in conjunction with Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern (March 17–June 15). Dancers, from left: Ashley Laracey, Gonzalo Garcia, Andrew Scordato. Digital image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

George Balanchine. Orpheus. 1948. Excerpt presented in “Kirstein and Balanchine’s New York City Ballet: Four Modern Works” in the Marron Atrium at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 16, 2019, in conjunction with Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern (March 17–June 15). Dancers, from left: Ashley Laracey, Gonzalo Garcia. Digital image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

George Balanchine. Concerto Barocco. 1941. Excerpt presented in “Kirstein and Balanchine’s New York City Ballet: Four Modern Works” in the Marron Atrium at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 16, 2019, in conjunction with Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern (March 17–June 15, 2019). Digital image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

George Balanchine. Concerto Barocco. 1941. Excerpt presented in “Kirstein and Balanchine’s New York City Ballet: Four Modern Works” in the Marron Atrium at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 16, 2019, in conjunction with Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern (March 17–June 15, 2019). Digital image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

George Balanchine. Concerto Barocco. 1941. Excerpt presented in “Kirstein and Balanchine’s New York City Ballet: Four Modern Works” in the Marron Atrium at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 16, 2019, in conjunction with Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern (March 17–June 15, 2019). Digital image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

George Balanchine. Concerto Barocco. 1941. Excerpt presented in “Kirstein and Balanchine’s New York City Ballet: Four Modern Works” in the Marron Atrium at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 16, 2019, in conjunction with Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern (March 17–June 15, 2019). Digital image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Julieta Cervantes