New York City Ballet sure knows how to finish a production with a bang. Just as the company's whirlwind two weeks of The Sleeping Beauty came to an end, ballet master in chief Peter Martins announced the promotion of eight dancers: Sara Adams, Harrison Ball, Emilie Gerrity, Joseph Gordon, Unity Phelan, Troy Schumacher and Indiana Woodward were all promoted to soloist, and Russell Janzen was promoted to principal!
It's no surprise—NYCB's roster is bursting with talent and personality, and all these dancers have stood out in one way or another over the years (and shoutout to Woodward's shining face in our "Shades of Spring" fashion feature!). Congratulations to everyone on their well-deserved promotions!
Russell Janzen and Sterling Hyltin in Balanchine's Duo Concertant (photo by Paul Kolnik)
Here's yet another reason to be jealous of New York City Ballet's talented dancers: These days, it seems like they get to play dress-up in designer duds allllll the time!
Exhibit A: Following in the glamorous footsteps of Rodarte, J. Mendel and Valentino Garavani, fashion star Joseph Altuzarra has designed costumes that will be unveiled at NYCB's spring gala tomorrow night. They're for a new pas de deux by Christopher Wheeldon, featuring Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild (those newly-engaged lovebirds!). And it looks like they're going to be beautiful. Here are Altuzarra's sketches:
...and here are some behind-the-scenes photos of a fitting he had with Peck. Love that blue!
Photos by Paul Kolnik
Exhibit B: In the latest installment of Vogue's "Punk Stories" video series, NYCB's Emilie Gerrity, Lauren Lovette and Peck go super-edgy in a film by Emily Kai Bock. Sporting goth makeup and out-there looks from fashion line Undercover, they swirl through a bunch of unlikely landscapes, including a desolate beach and a retro roller-skating rink. (The choreography is by fellow NYCB-er Justin Peck.)