NYCB soloist Indiana Woodward (center) with Rachel Hutsell and Gretchen Smith in Pam Tanowitz's Bartók Ballet. Erin Baiano, Courtesy NYCB.

Standout Performances of 2019: NYCB's Indiana Woodward in "Bartók Ballet"

In the middle of Pam Tanowitz's Bartók Ballet for New York City Ballet, Indiana Woodward flew into a quicksilver sequence of turns and jumps, but was repeatedly carried off by her male cast mates. She calmly reemerged each time, continuing on as if uninterrupted. The unflappable determination and laser-sharp focus evident here were a prime example of Woodward's approach to the ballet as a whole.


Indiana Woodward wears a gold leotard and stands in a large fourth position lunge onstage.

Woodward in Bartók Ballet

Erin Baiano, Courtesy NYCB

Bartók Ballet, which premiered last May, marked Tanowitz's NYCB debut. The 35-minute work, set to Béla Bartók's atonal string quartet no. 5 and awash with flexed feet and Merce Cunningham–inspired tilts, was certainly a change of pace for the company. Though this seemed daunting to some, Woodward proved herself as the perfect muse for Tanowitz' minimalist, technical style. In a group folk-dance section, she was even the de facto leader; holding up one or two fingers, she signaled her peers' next action. Known for romantic roles like "Emeralds," Apollo and Juliet, the young soloist showed a new side of her abilities, proving her immense versatility as an artist.

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Hi Everyone,

These are challenging times. The social distancing measures brought about by COVID-19 has likely meant that your regular ballet training has been interrupted, while your performances, competitions—even auditions—have been cancelled. You may be feeling anxious about what the future holds, not only for you but for the dance industry. And that's perfectly understandable.

As you adjust to taking virtual ballet class from your living rooms, we here at Pointe are adjusting to working remotely from our living rooms. We've had to get a little creative, especially as we put our Summer Issue together, but like you we're taking full advantage of modern technology. Sure, it's a little inconvenient sometimes, but we're finding our groove.

And we know that you will, too. We've been utterly inspired by how the dance community has rallied together, from ballet stars giving online classes to companies streaming their performances to the flood of artist resources popping up. We've loved watching you dance from your kitchens. And we want to help keep this spirit alive. That's why Pointe and all of our Dance Media sister publications are working nonstop to produce and cross-post stories to help you navigate this crisis. We're all in this together.

We also want to hear from you! Send us a message on social media, or email me directly at abrandt@dancemedia.com. Tell us how you're doing, send us your ideas and show us your dance moves. Let the collective love we share for our beloved art form spark the light at the end of the tunnel—we will come out the other side soon enough.

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