Forty or so lanky teenagers sat on the very lip of the stage peering over the edge to see forty or so young musicians playing a rousing rendition of John Philip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes from our vast orchestra pit. Awed expressions could be seen on the young dancers’ faces as timpanis pounded […]
Artistic Director’s Notebook: Coppélia
By now you’ve probably heard the old story about me and Coppélia. To do it justice, I’ll have to go back to 1948, when the New York City Ballet was born. That same year, my grandfather accepted a position working for the United Nations, causing my grandparents to relocate to […]
Working on Coppélia is a bit nostalgic for me, as it appears to be a marker of time in my life as a dancer. For starters, as a young child I remember listening to the album of Coppélia that my mother had. I remember the pictures of dancers on the album almost exactly. […]
This Rep I am rehearsing two very challenging, yet very different pieces, Victor Quijada’s Suspension of Disbelief and Ulysses Dove’s Vespers. Both pieces are allowing me to tap into areas of my dancing that I usually do not get to experiment with, […]
Artistic Director’s Notebook: The Sleeping Beauty
Tonight the curtain rises on Ronald Hynd’s wonderful production of The Sleeping Beauty. After eight weeks of preparation, we are ready for performance. There are as many as five casts of some roles and many premieres. Try to catch as many as you can. […]
The rehearsal period for Director’s Choice has definitely been busy. Each ballet on the program attacks our medium from a different angle. This has made the process both grueling and immensely satisfying.
It has been really fun revisiting Mopey […]
Lindsi Dec on Petite Mort, The Seasons, and West Side Story Suite
I have been so excited for this rep! It’s so versatile with a combination of elegant, contemporary, innovative, and captivating ballets. There is something about being able to experience four completely different ballets that is just so satisfying. It has […]
Tonight we open our season with Jean Christophe Maillot's Roméo et Juliette. The dancers have been working for the past seven weeks preparing for tonight's opening and there is definitely excitement in the air.