Covering all aspects of the industry-from chefs and restaurateurs to cookbook authors and food journalists to restaurant designers and architects and more-the Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. Our 2014 Awards will explore the enduring relationship between music and food. So many of our finest chefs are inspired by music as they cook, and many speak of their 'must-play' soundtrack in the kitchen. A surprising number of chefs have crossed over from the world of music to food, and even more continue to express themselves as musicians during their precious downtime. This year's Gala, Sounds of the City, will celebrate how each inspires and enriches the unique flavor of cities across the country.
A week-long celebration of 21st-century choreographers opens Spring 2014. Collecting 10 audience favorites, along with a new ballet from the winter, these three programs provide an opportunity to see today’s most compelling choreographers on one stage. Spring also marks the 50th anniversary of our home at Lincoln Center, which opened its doors in 1964 as the New York State Theater (now the David H. Koch Theater). Celebrating the occasion, the Spring Gala on May 8 will feature a special program highlighted by a Justin Peck world premiere to music by Sufjan Stevens, their second collaboration following the rave-reviewed Year of the Rabbit (onstage during the 21st Century Choreographers week).
After a triumphant 2013 season, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Lincoln Center in June for two weeks only. Choose from four programs that demonstrate the Company’s phenomenal artistic range and universal appeal. Featured works include a world premiere by Robert Moses – known for sexy, sophisticated choreography that makes audiences want to dance, too – as well as a new production of Hans van Manen’s Polish Pieces, David Parsons’ signature work Caught, and the rare opportunity to see Asadata Dafora’s groundbreaking 1932 solo Awassa Astrige/Ostrich. Other highlights include an encore of Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, the “Ailey/Ellington” program, and Mr. Ailey’s masterpiece Revelations. “Go see Ailey. It’s change-your-life good.” (NBC’s Today Show)
Part of a critically acclaimed 50th season that began in London, Boston Ballet brings two thrilling programs to the David H. Koch Theater June 25 to 29. Known for its dynamic roster of versatile artists, Boston Ballet will present a daring range of choreographic genius from Nijinsky to Balanchine, Forsythe to Kylián, and resident choreographer Jorma Elo . The Company also brings two spectacular New York Premieres, the boundary breaking Cacti by Alexander Ekman and a 2014 World Premiere by Paris Opéra star, José Martinez. Following a London tour The Times called, "Brilliance with a dynamic glee" and "a knockout", this Boston invasion is sure to pack a punch. See the Ballet Company The New York Times calls, "striking by national and international standards."
The world-renowned Mikhailovsky Ballet Company will tour the US for the first time in November 2014. The programme will include world classics, ballets of the Soviet period, and contemporary productions, and will showcase the company's ongoing search for new technical forms. Audiences will have the chance to enjoy the romantic Giselle, regarded as a masterpiece of classical ballet; the charming and evocative Don Quixote; and a production that has never been shown overseas – The Flames of Paris,based on the events of the French Revolution. The collection of one-act ballets, Three Centuries of Russian Ballet, includes Le Halte de cavalerie (The Cavalry Halt), The Young Lady and the Hooligan, set to music by Shostakovich, and Prelude.
On April 23 through 27, The Joyce Theater Foundation is proud to present Snow White, performed by Ballet Preljocaj and featuring over the top costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier. "Never has death-by-poison-apple been so shocking," proclaims the Los Angeles Times. "Never have we seen Snow White in such a low-cut dress," declares Le Monde about this gripping contemporary romantic ballet created by acclaimed choreographer Angelin Preljocaj. Set to the lush music of Gustav Mahler and focusing on the tension between the wicked stepmother and the younger, more sensually provocative Snow White, this enthralling production turns the classic Grimm Brothers tale on its head.