Year of the Rabbit


Sufjan Stevens
(Enjoy Your Rabbit, 2002), orchestration by Michael P. Atkinson


Justin Peck


Craig Hall and Janie Taylor

Costume Design

Justin Peck

Lighting Design

Brandon Stirling Baker


30 minutes


October 5, 2012; New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere

March 18, 2016

Principal support for the 2016 Pacific Northwest Ballet premiere of Justin Peck’s Year of the Rabbit was provided by Marcella McCaffray and Bob Benson, with additional support from Gilla Kaplan, H. David Kaplan, and Jodi Wong.

Program Notes

Justin Peck’s acclaimed Year of the Rabbit is a collaboration with American singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens and is set to Stevens’ Enjoy Your Rabbit, an electronica album and song cycle based on the Chinese zodiac. The ballet features a new orchestration of the score by Michael Atkinson that was created specifically for the ballet. Year of the Rabbit is an elaboration of Peck’s Tales of a Chinese Zodiac, which was created in 2010 for the New York Choreographic Institute.

Notes courtesy of New York City Ballet.