Have new choreographers introduced comedy into the Diamond Project? Or is it too risky?
I don't know if Wheeldon's "Variations Serieuses" was part of the Diamond Project, but it was very funny -- even in the set design. It's really "42nd St At The Ballet." He changed the ending after one season, and I felt the original ending was much better.
Also from the Diamond Project (I Think!) was Susan Stroman's "Blossom Got Kissed." which was one of a three-part ballet, perhaps from "Ellington" played by Wynton Marsalis....I get that and "Jazz" mixed up. At any rate, Maria Korowski played "Blossom," and showed a real gift for comedy.
And in 2004 Stroman's "Double Feature" was loaded with comedy -- remember the chase scenes with the masses of "maidens" in wedding dresses? The Boston Terrier and Tom Gold? Very Buster Keaton.
....and I'm sure there are more!