Happy Tony nom day, everybody! This morning, we heard the full list of 2018 Tony Award nominees, straight from the very beautiful lips of announcers Leslie Odom, Jr. and Katharine McPhee. We're especially happy that two of our faves—Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants—are leading the pack with 12 nods each. And we're even more excited about the jam-packed race for Best Choreographer (Justin Peck! Casey Nicholaw! Christopher Gattelli, twice!).
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know by now that Isabella Boylston is playing Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the newly released film Red Sparrow. And you also know that the dreamy dance scenes were choreographed by none other than New York City Ballet resident choreographer Justin Peck.
But maybe you haven't gotten a chance to see the film in theaters just yet. Don't stress! Bolyston just shared an amazing snippet of the film's original choreo on her Instagram. And unsurprisingly, it's seriously stunning.
Jerome Robbins—the legendary choreographer who changed the way the world thought about both Broadway and ballet—would have been 100 years old next year. That's the kind of anniversary that calls for a great party. And New York City Ballet, one of Robbins' homes, definitely knows how to throw great parties.
NYCB will actually be honoring Robbins for three whole weeks during its 2018 spring season, dancing 19 different Robbins ballets. But the centerpiece of the celebration, the company just announced, will be a new work staged by Tony Award winner/all-around Broadway rockstar Warren Carlyle, who'll assemble extracts from eight (!) of Robbins' most famous musicals.
If you're a ballet person, your feeds are probably full of gorgeous previews of Justin Peck's new work for New York City Ballet, set to premiere tomorrow night. Excited as we are about that, though, we're almost more excited that Peck's The Times Are Racing—which NYCB debuted in January—is returning to the stage this fall.
Why? Well, firstly, we can't get enough of its powerful, infectious energy (or its fabulous costumes by Opening Ceremony). But we also love, love, love the way Peck has been experimenting with gender-blind casting in the piece.
Back in 2014, Cole Haan recruited New York City Ballet's Megan Fairchild, Sara Mearns, and Gretchen Smith to help design a pair of ballet flats, and the results were stunning. Lucky for us, this is the collaboration that keeps on giving—and this time, with more familiar NYCB faces!
New York City Ballet soloist and resident choreographer Justin Peck is never not busy: This year alone, he's created works for San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet and NYCB. But Peck's latest ballet for his home company, The Most Incredible Thing, is his biggest production yet. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, it features 50 dancers; a score by Bryce Dessner, of the band The National; and costumes and sets by popular artist Marcel Dzama. Dance Spirit caught up with NYCB corps de ballet member Gretchen Smith, a Most Incredible Thing cast member, to get the scoop on Peck's new work. —Olivia Manno
We've said it before and we'll say it again: dance and film are made for each other. In the past couple of years, ballet companies have used the medium to promote new work, creating "trailers" that give beautiful peeks at upcoming premieres. These short films reach many people who are unable to see the ballets performed live—and they definitely debunk the misconception that ballet is boring. Here are five of our all-time favorites.