New York City Ballet has announced full details of its fall season, which opens on September 17 with six performances of Peter Martins’ full-length production of “Swan Lake.”

The season then continues through Sunday, October 13 with performances of 17 further ballets. Highlights include an all-Balanchine Black & White program, an all-Balanchine Short Stories program, and a Contemporary Choreographers program that includes a new ballet by Angelin Preljocaj that will have its world premiere at the Fall Gala.

There is also a program specially designed for families, which sees the return to the stage of Christopher Wheeldon’s “Carnival of the Animals,” created in 2003 and last performed by the company in 2005. The narrator, a role originally performed by actor and writer John Lithgow, will be Jack Noseworthy, who along with Lithgow starred in the Broadway musical version of “Sweet Smell of Success,” which also featured choreography by Wheeldon.

The Fall Gala will celebrate dance and fashion with three world premieres by Benjamin Millepied, Justin Peck, and Angelin Preljocaj. Millepied’s work will be set to American composer Nico Muhly’s “Drones and Viola,” written for piano and viola, with costumes by Dutch designer Iris van Herpen. Peck’s new ballet will be for five dancers and set to Lukas Foss’ “Capriccio for cello and piano.” Costumes for Peck’s ballet will be by New York-based fashion designer Prabal Gurung. Preljocaj has turned to John Cage for his music, using several of the composer’s pieces. Costumes here will be by Olivier Theyskens, the Belgian-born designer who is the Artistic Director of the American fashion house Theory. Lighting for all three ballets will be by Mark Stanley

Those having to make travel plans should note that not only will all Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., but that whenever possible will include only one intermission.

Single tickets go on sale August 5 at the David H. Koch Theater Box Office, by phone at 212-496-0600, and online at