Year of the Rabbit
choreographer Justin Peck rehearsing

Unlikely creative partnerships are often the key to breaking new ground in the arts scene, so we were elated to hear that the New York City Ballet commissioned indie rock musician Sufjan Stevens to compose the score for its latest original work, Year of the Rabbit, which premieres this Friday at Lincoln Center.

Stevens is best known for his lighthearted, instrumental folk sound, but it was actually his 2001 experimental electronic project, Enjoy Your Rabbit, that inspired Justin Peck (dancer and budding choreographer) to create the Chinese zodiac-themed piece. As personal fans of Stevens, we have to admit we were a little embarrassed for not being familiar with this particular album; however, upon listen, there is no doubt its cacophonous style (especially when performed by a live orchestra) will take this company’s repertoire in an exciting new direction.

Buy your tickets soon, as there will be only a handful of performances this month (October 5 at 8 p.m., October 6 at 2 p.m., October 7 at 3 p.m. and October 13 at 8 p.m.). If you miss out, don’t worry: You’ll have another chance to catch it in late January during its encore four-show run.

David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center (at Columbus Ave. and 64th St.); 212-496-0600 or nycballet.com

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