New York City Ballet

When New York City Ballet visits The Tivoli Concert Hall in August, the audience can experience more than 60 dancers performing seven pieces divided into two programmes.

From August 14 - August 18

The Tivoli Concert Hall

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One of the world's most esteemed and recognized ballet companies can be experienced in Tivoli when New York City Ballet visits The Tivoli Concert Hall from August 14th to 18th.

When New York City Ballet visits Tivoli, the audience has a unique opportunity to see a selection of works from the outstanding repertoire of New York City Ballet.

New York City Ballet comes with more than 60 dancers performing seven spectacular pieces divided into two programmes.
In September, the company began its 75th-anniversary season, and the performances in Tivoli are the last ones to celebrate this historic jubilee.

Programme A consists of Balanchine’s Serenade and Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Justin Peck’s Pulcinella Variations. Programme B includes Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante and Rubies, and Christopher Wheeldon’s This Bitter Earth.

The performance is accompanied by Tivoli Copenhagen Phil.

New York City Ballet was in Denmark in 2018, and the world-renowned ballet company received both five- and six-star reviews from major Danish newspapers.

The company was founded in 1948 by the legendary choreographer George Balanchine and arts patron Lincoln Kirstein and has since then achieved legendary status for its unparalleled repertory and extraordinary dancers.

For over four decades, Tivoli has had a close collaboration with New York City Ballet, which first visited the amusement park nearly 45 years ago. In August, it will be the 11th time the American ballet company performs in Tivoli.

The performance is part of the celebration of Tivoli's 181st birthday on August 15, 2024.

The performances are made possible with support from A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal.


August 14
245.00 - 945.00 DKK ​Tivoli entrance included (Service fee included)
August 15
245.00 - 945.00 DKK ​Tivoli entrance included (Service fee included)
August 16
245.00 - 945.00 DKK ​Tivoli entrance included (Service fee included)
August 17
245.00 - 945.00 DKK ​Tivoli entrance included (Service fee included)
August 18
245.00 - 945.00 DKK ​Tivoli entrance included (Service fee included)
New York City Ballet returns to Tivoli

“Copenhagen has always been a favorite city for New York City Ballet and we are thrilled to return to Tivoli for the final performances of our historic 75th anniversary season, which began last September. For the occasion we are excited to introduce Danish audiences to a new generation of City Ballet dancers performing beloved masterpieces by our co-founding choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, as well as acclaimed works by Christopher Wheeldon and our current Resident Choreographer Justin Peck.”

– Jonathan Stafford, Artistic Director, New York City Ballet  

“Ever since New York City Ballet last visited Tivoli in 2018, we have been looking forward to once again presenting the star dancers of the world-renowned ballet company in Tivoli. Now, they are finally returning with seven performances featuring works by Balanchine and Robbins, the cornerstones of New York City Ballet’s repertoire, as well as pieces by some of today’s most sought-after choreographers. New York City Ballet belongs to the absolute elite of ballet, and it is with great anticipation that we welcome the company back to Tivoli Concert Hall. Enjoy the show!”

- Peter Bo Bendixen, Artistic Director, Tivoli Ballet Theatre

New York City Ballet

Programme ASerenade, Pulcinella Variations & Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Programme BFancy Free, Allegro Brilliante, This Bitter Earth & Rubies

Wednesday August 14th at 19.30
Serenade, Pulcinella Variations & Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Thursday August 15th at 20.00
Serenade, Pulcinella Variations & Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Friday August 16th at 19.30
Fancy Free, Allegro Brilliante, This Bitter Earth & Rubies

Saturday August 17th at 13.00
Serenade, Pulcinella Variations & Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Saturday August 17th at 18.30
Fancy Free, Allegro Brilliante, This Bitter Earth & Rubies

Sunday August 18th at 14.00
Fancy Free, Allegro Brilliante, This Bitter Earth & Rubies

Sunday August 18th at 19.30
Serenade, Pulcinella Variations & Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Subject to change.

Programme A

Serenade – George Balanchine 1935 
A romantic work of immense sweep, set to a transcendent Tschaikovsky score.

Serenade is a milestone in the history of dance. It is the first original ballet George Balanchine created in America, and is one of the signature works of New York City Ballet’s repertory.

“In everything that I did to Tschaikovsky’s music,” he told an interviewer, “I sensed his help. It wasn’t real conversation. But when I was working and saw that something was coming of it, I felt that it was Tschaikovsky who had helped me.”

Duration: 32 minutes 

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Pulcinella Variations – Justin Peck 2017 
Exploring NYCB’s neoclassical roots in his choreography, Peck’s Pulcinella Variations features nine dancers in a series of divertissements, dressed by Japanese fashion designer Tsumori Chisato in whimsical commedia dell’arte-inspired costumes.

Duration: 22 minutes 

Stravinsky Violin Concerto – George Balanchine 1972

The outer sections of Stravinsky Violin Concerto are carefully-woven masterpieces of symmetry that encompass two of Balanchine’s most ingenious and unique pas de deux

Stravinsky Violin Concerto was composed in 1931 and at its premiere, conducted by Igor Stravinsky with Samuel Dushkin as the violin soloist. It was first used by Balanchine for Balustrade with the Original Ballet Russe in 1941. When Balanchine returned to this score three decades later, he could no longer remember his original choreography. “What I did then was for then,” he said, “and I wanted to do this music for our Stravinsky Festival.” Stravinsky Violin Concerto premiered on the opening night of the 1972 Stravinsky Festival, which also included the premiere of Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements.

Duration: 23 minutes 


Programme B

Fancy Free – Jerome Robbins 1944 
In 1944, Jerome Robbins — then a young dancer with Ballet Theatre (now American Ballet Theatre) — choreographed his first ballet, a collaboration with up-and-coming composer Leonard Bernstein. The two wanted to bring a modern American sensibility to ballet, and they hit on the perfect concept: sailors on shore leave in New York City, a common sight in those days. 

Fancy Free was the inspiration for a full-length musical, On the Town, that was also a great success, and Robbins and Bernstein went on to collaborate on another Broadway classic, West Side Story.

Duration: 29 minutes 

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Allegro Brilliante – George Balanchine 1956 
George Balanchine called the exuberant Allegro Brillante “everything I know about classical ballet in thirteen minutes.” 
The ballet is set to Tschaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 3, a work that the composer created from sketches for a composition that was intended to be his Sixth Symphony, but which instead served as a single movement work which was published posthumously in 1894. Balanchine described this ballet as a concentrated essay in the extended classical vocabulary, in which a maximum amount of choreographic development is contained within a rather restricted area of time and space.

Duration: 16. minutes 

This Bitter Earth – Christopher Wheeldon 2012
This Bitter Earth is a pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon’s Five Movements, Three Repeats. The full work was originally created for Fang-Yi Sheu & Artists, a group led by former Martha Graham Dance Company star Fang-Yi Sheu that included NYCB dancers Wendy Whelan, Tyler Angle, and Craig Hall. Set to a remix of Dinah Washington’s performance of Clyde Otis’ “This Bitter Earth”, and Max Richter’s “On the Nature of Daylight”, the ballet had its Company premiere at NYCB’s 2012 Fall Gala.

Duration: 8 minutes 

Rubies – George Balanchine 1967
Rubies sends its dancers racing across the stage like lightning to Stravinsky’s jazz-inflected piano capriccio, emphasized by a sharp attack and sassy style. 

Rubies, the second section of George Balanchine’s three-part masterpiece Jewels, is set to Igor Stravinsky’s Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra, composed in 1928-29.

Duration: 19 minutes 


About the company

New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet, one of the foremost ballet companies in the world, was founded in 1948 by the legendary choreographer George Balanchine and arts patron Lincoln Kirstein, and quickly became world-renowned for its athletic and contemporary style. Jerome Robbins joined NYCB the following year and, with Balanchine, helped to build its extraordinary repertory.

Today NYCB continues to be inspired by its founders who envisioned an authentically American expression of ballet with a company that reflects the rich cultural diversity of our city and nation. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford, Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan, and Executive Director Katherine Brown, NYCB remains dedicated to its primary objectives: to preserve the ballets, dance aesthetic, and standards of excellence created and established by its founders; to develop new work that draws on the talents of contemporary choreographers and composers and speaks to the time in which it is made; and to make ballet accessible to the widest possible public through touring, education programs, the creative use of media, and other outreach efforts.

Practical information

Your ballet visit

The Tivoli Concert Hall

Entrance to Tivoli
The ticket gives access to Tivoli on the day of the performance throughout Tivoli's opening hours.

Opening hours in The Tivoli Concert Hall
The doors opens 1 hour before the start of the show.

Expected showtime
The duration of the performance is approximately 2 hours (2 breaks included).

Age recommendation
Recommended from the age of seven.

Staffed wardrobe.

The bars of the Tivoli Concert Hall are open before the performance and during the breaks. Drinks can be pre-ordered for the breaks before the start of the performance.

Pre-order the performance program

You can pre-order the program together with your ticket, which is full of inspiration, extra material and great photos etc. The program is handed out on the day of the performance, and can be taken home as a souvenir from the performance.



Tivoli is located by Rådhuspladsen and Copenhagen Central Station (Københavns Hovedbanegård). Find more information about public transport here, or plan your trip with If  you arrive to Tivoli by car and have a Tivoli Card you can get a discount on parking. For parking see here.

Showtimes & Tickets

14 August - 18 August 2024
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 19.30
Thursday at 20.00
Saturday at 13.00 and 18.30
Sunday at 14.00 and 19.30

Standard prices
DKK 245 - 945

Prices are incl. fee.
A discount is also offered for groups of minimum 10 people.

Tivoli Box Office
Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København V.
Phone: 33 15 10 01