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Justin Peck's New Ballet - Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival

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Justin Peck, an emerging 23-year-old talent from New York City Ballet, will have the world premiere of his new ballet work "7 (For Seven)" at the 2011 Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival on next Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. If you are in the area, you should come and check out an evening featuring dancers from the NYC Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet.

As the newly named Resident Chorographer of the New York Choreographic Institute (an affiliate of the NYC Ballet), Justin has choreographed 5 ballets in his nascent career. His latest, a world premiere for the Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival, came at the request of Benjamin Millepied, the festival's artistic director. The inspiration for the piece comes from the last three movements of Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G Minor, opus 57, which provides a roller coaster of contrasts in style and mood. “It opens with a scherzo that is analogous to dumping a bucket of ice water onto the audience,” says Peck. The poignant, reflective intermezzo is then followed by the rousing allegretto finale. In choreographing his ballet for seven dancers, Peck stated that he wanted the ballet’s design to match the challenges of balance and texture inherent in the music.

Below is the link for more information:

http://www.nantucketatheneum.org/2011-dance-festival/program/program-notes/

Fourteen dancers from New York City Ballet will perform on the program: Tyler Angle, Chase Finlay, Amar Ramassar, Sterling Hyltin, Maria Kowroski, Ashley Laracey, Georgina Pazcoguin, Amar Ramasar, Teresa Reichlen, Ana Sophia Scheller, Troy Schumacher, Sean Suozzi and Daniel Ulbricht. Joining them will be Dorothee Gilbert and Allesio Carbone from the Paris Opera Ballet.

The Festival performances include:

Red Angels

Music: Maxwell’s Demon by Richard Einhorn

Choreography: Ulysses Dove

Premiere: May 19, 1994, The Diamond Project II, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater.

Dancers:

Tess Reichlen

Maria Kowroski

Tyler Angle

Amar Ramasar

Electric Violin

Cenovia Cummins

Interplay

Music: Interplay (Original title, American Concertette) (1945) by Morton Gould

Choreography: Jerome Robbins

Premiere: June 1, 1945, Billy Rose’s Concert Varieties, Ziegfield Theatre, New York

NYCB Premiere: December 23, 1952, City Center of Music and Drama.

Dancers:

Ashley Laracey

Troy Schumacher

Chase Finlay

Sterling Hyltin

Sean Suozzi

Daniel Ulbricht

Ana Sophia Scheller

Gina Pazcoguin

7 (For Seven): Nantucket Dance Festival World Premiere

Music: Piano in G Minor, opus 57 by Dimitri Shostakovich is performed by arrangement with G. Schirmer, Inc.

Choreography: Justin Peck

Dancers:

Chase Finlay

Sterling Hyltin

Ashley Laracey

Amar Ramasar

Tess Reichlen

Ana Sophia Scheller

Troy Schumacher

Quintet

Naho Parrini

Brooke Saulnier

Gillian Gallagher

Maria Jeffers

Katy Luo

Scarlatti-Pas de Deux

Music: Domenico Scarlatti

Choreography: Jose Martinez

Dancers:

Dorothée Gilbert

Alessio Carbone

Rubies

Music: Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra (1929) by Igor Stravinsky

Choreography: George Balanchine

Premiere: April 13, 1967, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater.

Dancers:

Dorothée Gilbert

Alessio Carbone

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