This past Monday – a very icy and frigidly cold night – my husband and I trekked across town to attend the movie premier of Ballet 422, a documentary featuring the creation of a new ballet by New York City Ballet’s resident choreographer and corp dancer Justin Peck. The movie is officially opening in theaters on February 6th and you can watch the trailer here:
As a long term substitute musician at the ballet, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know more and more of the dancers and staff in the company. At the premier, I was sitting between my husband (yes, that’s him conducting the orchestra in the trailer above) and Ballet Master, Albert Evans. Albert, who seems pretty beloved by the dancers, is a sweetheart; he also happens to have some of the funniest lines in the film.
The enthusiasm, hard work and passion that the dancers display day in and out is quite infectious. And it’s always a delight to see the ways in which they evolve and mature on stage.
(By the way, if you’re curious to see more of Justin Peck’s work, you’re in luck. His newest ballet – to the music of Aaron Copland’s Rodeo, Four Dance Episodes – premiers tonight. You can purchase tickets here.)