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A Dancer's Dream

“Alan Gilbert is taking the orchestra places few others would venture. And we get to go along.” – Craig Duff, TIME (of The Cunning Little Vixen)


The creative team behind Le Grand Macabre and The Cunning Little Vixen (New York Magazine’s No. 1 Classical Music Events of 2010 and 2011) returns, this time transforming Avery Fisher Hall into the icy Swiss Alps and a mysterious Russian carnival for A Dancer’s Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky.

The New York Philharmonic brings Stravinsky’s ballet scores to life, and Giants Are Small whimsically blends music with ballet, puppetry, video projection, circus, theater, and more to conjure a fantastical dream world where a passionate ballerina gets caught up in a blizzard, dodges jugglers, and spars with puppets. Get whisked away with us in this experience you won’t soon forget.

If you can't make it to the performance or want to re-live the Dream, you'll be able to beginning in September when it hits a big screen near you. Visit for the latest.

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The Making Of

Stravinsky The Fairy's Kiss
Stravinsky Petrushka

Alan Gilbert conductor, Magician
Doug Fitch director, designer
Karole Armitage choreographer
Edouard Getaz producer, video director

A Production Created by Giants Are Small

Clifton Taylor lighting designer
Irina Kruzhilina costume designer
Matt Acheson master puppeteer
Margie Durand make-up artist
Kirk Cambridge-Delpeche make-up artist

Featuring Sara Mearns principal dancer

Amar Ramasar principal dancer, puppeteer
Abbey Roesner dancer, assistant choreographer
William da Silva puppeteer, circus performer
Vincent McCloskey performer, puppeteer
Monica Lerch atmospherist
Giacomo Belletti steadicam operator
Matt Manning, tripod camera
Zachary Catazaro, cover dancer
James Ross, music consultant
With appearances on pre-recorded video by:
Eric Owens (The Moor)
Anthony Roth Costanzo (Petrushka)

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 7:30 PM
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Fri, Jun 28, 2013 8:00 PM
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Sat, Jun 29, 2013 8:00 PM
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Look Behind the Scenes

A Dancer’s Dream Gets Social

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    Go behind the scenes of A Dancer’s Dream with program notes, making-of images and video, and more exclusive extras on the New York Philharmonic’s Tumblr.

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The Unspoken Side of Show Business: The "Documentary" Series

Produced by Giants Are Small

Episode 1

Episode 3

Episode 5

Episode 2

Episode 4

Episode 6

These concerts are sponsored by Yoko Nagae Ceschina. Generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Donna and Marvin Schwartz, the Mary and James G. Wallach Family Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

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