New York City Ballet's Tiler Peck is taking on a new role: curator. Announced this week, Peck's curatorial debut will come July 28-30 at BalletNOW 2017, a three-night run of classical and contemporary works featuring 24 international dance stars at the Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Peck, a Southern California native who trained in Los Angeles, falls in line with ABT's Isabella Boylston who is also returning to her hometown this summer to share her craft with new audiences.
The emphasis of BalletNOW is on the relationship between new and old. Peck's choices pair classical dancers with their contemporaries in other dance genres including hip-hop, tap, and vaudeville. The diverse repertoire includes classics such as Christopher Wheeldon's After The Rain and George Balanchine's pas de deux from Rubies.
New multi-genre works include two pieces commissioned by the Vail Dance Festival and developed with Damian Woetzel. The first is1•2•3•4•5•6, an "improvography" created in part by tap extraordinaire Michelle Dorrance, and the second is vaudeville-style actor/dancer Bill Irwin's Time It Was/116. Peck will further prove her versatility as an artist by dancing in both.
The cast of top-tier dancers come from companies including New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Dorrance Dance, and television's So You Think You Can Dance. Stars include Daniel Ulbricht, Taylor Stanley, April/May cover girl Indiana Woodward, Marcelo Gomes, Isabella Boylston, James Whiteside, Lauren Cuthburtson and many more. For a full list of pieces and dancers, click here.
"These will be performances to remember," said Peck in a recent statement, and with the star-studded cast and varied repertoire that she's pulled together we're sure that she's right. We're always excited to see dancers developing autonomy and taking on new challenges, and we wish Peck all the best on this different kind of debut.
BalletNOW put together this compilation of the multi-faceted Peck: