New York City Ballet principal Taylor Stanley rehearsing with Kyle Abraham (photo by Erin Baiano, courtesy NYCB)
New York City Ballet's fall gala always promises new ballet delights. This year, the company is offering not one, but three world premieres by a diverse lineup of choreographers: Matthew Neenan, Kyle Abraham, and Gianna Reisen. At 19 years old, Reisen is the youngest choreographer to ever work with NYCB, and Abraham will be the company's first black choreographer in more than a decade. We sat down with principal dancer Taylor Stanley to get the inside scoop on Abraham's new piece.
Seventeen-year-old Briar Nolet has all the qualities we've come to expect from a top-tier contemporary dancer: stunning control, impressive strength, seamless fluidity. But it's her emotional maturity that truly stands out. “Dance is a way of expressing myself without having to speak," she says. “I fully expose my soul onstage."