Every ballerina's pointe shoe process is intense, but some dancers take pointe prep to a completely different level. And New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck definitely falls in that second category.
The New York Times recently did a Facebook Live event with Peck, following her as she chose and prepped her shoes for the evening's performance. (She was about to dance in Alexei Ratmansky's Pictures at an Exhibition.) Peck is a crazy perfectionist onstage—it's one of the qualities that makes her so compelling—and she's just as much of a crazy perfectionist about her shoes.
Dance and photography go together like peanut butter and jelly: Each brings out some of the best elements in the other. We love a good studio portrait, demonstrating perfect placement, or a stunning performance photo that makes onstage magic feel up close and personal.
But we're also loving the new trend of dreamy, almost carefree dance photos. Think Insta-famous photographer Kenneth Edwards and his lovely images of ballerinas mid-pirouette, or floating down from a jump (btw, if you like his photos, you'll LOVE our September issue...).
So, who better to confirm that something in the dance world is officially cool than New York City Ballet? The marketing photos shot for the company's 2016–2017 season are rustic, elegant and simple. Legendary photographer Peter Lindbergh played with the natural lighting and stunning outdoor space of the location—a country house in upstate New York—to frame the dancers' relaxed movement in an equally natural environment.
It's a far cry from the severity and silhouettes of many Balanchine ballets the company is known for, but it's also beautiful and on-trend. You can view the whole slideshow here.
A merry, happy, holly-jolly Christmas to everyone celebrating!
This is one of those days when—as we sit in a pile of wrapping paper debris, snuggly in our snowflake onesies, eating delicious cookies and celebrating the end (or near-end) of an insane Nutcracker season—we can't help but be intensely grateful for all the good things in our lives. It's a day for feeling feelings.
And here's a dance story that—partly because it involves people who aren't able to enjoy the comforts of home on Christmas—might make you shed a holiday tear or two.
Today, Lincoln Center is hosting a broadcast of New York City Ballet's production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. It's not the first time this has happened; the Nut performance has already aired twice in U.S. theaters over the past few weeks as part of the Lincoln Center at the Movies series.
But today's broadcast is different. It's being beamed to about 400,000 members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families, who are serving abroad in 175 countries and U.S. territories.
So, nearly half a million service men and women—people spending Christmas in Afghanistan and Iraq and even on naval ships in the middle of the ocean—will have their holidays brightened by one of the world's greatest ballets, danced by some of the world's greatest artists.
Snow has never made us feel so warm inside. (NYCB in Nutcracker; photo by Paul Kolnik)
Goodness, I must have a Christmas cookie crumb stuck in my eye. You too? So weird.
Happy holidays, everyone.
When they're not dancing down the runway or modeling Dior, New York City Ballet members are apparently following their peers at American Ballet Theatre (who were recently featured in a Club Monaco shoot) and switching up their designer duds for (slightly) more affordable ones.
Behold, NYCB soloist Zachary Catazaro and apprentice Miriam Miller in a video for Max Mara:
Even though the video was obviously shot to showcase the clothes and not their dancing, the two still look lovely. Which company/brand combo would you like to see? Let us know in the comments!
Katy Perry loves her dancers (LEFT SHARK 4EVER). New York City Ballet loves its artistic collaborations (that Opening Ceremony runway show—still not over it). So I guess, in a way, it was inevitable that Katy would end up performing alongside a bevy of City Ballet beauties.
And yet, this morning, when my Insta feed was full of photos of NYCB ladies backing Perry at Carnegie Hall, it still felt like THE MOST WONDERFUL SURPRISE.
Here's what happened: The David Lynch Foundation tapped Perry to perform her never-gets-old hit "Firework" at its benefit concert, held last night in NYC. Perry's choreographic team, RJ Durell and Nick Florez, tapped adorably pregnant NYCB principal Maria Kowroski and her beautiful dancer husband, Martin Harvey, to create some pretty pretty ballet choreo for the number. And Kowroski tapped four of her City Ballet colleagues—Faye Arthurs, Olivia Boisson, Jenelle Manzi and Gretchen Smith—to dance in the performance.
The result, judging by the Instagram evidence, was glamorous and elegant and super-duper pink. Which sounds about right, no?
Also, I need Katy Perry's gala dress, STAT.
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Repost from a Katy Perry fan.. Still can't believe my husband and I created the closing number for this event ?? thank you @goldenboyz_inc for the opportunity A photo posted by Maria Kowroski (@realmkowroski) on
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What an incredible experience getting to create and share something magical with @katyperry @gretchen.h.smith and @toughinatutu for the #ChangeBeginsWithin performance of #Firework for the @davidlynchfoundation. We could not have done it without you @realmkowroski and Martin Harvey! ? A photo posted by Jenelle Manzi (@jenellemanzi) on