Company C Contemporary Ballet
celebrates its tenth anniversary.
"I'm very, very careful to have a mix of high-cachet art with something accessible that somebody who's never been to the ballet is going to go, 'Wow, that was really cool,' " says Anderson. Beyond planning each show, Anderson, a former New York City Ballet dancer, pursues choreography for its own sake, like a curator. Though he created Company C's first pieces and continues to contribute new works, he says, "I said from the start, 'This isn't going to be the Charlie show.' For me, the rep is the star."
It takes audacity to found a young company on world-class choreography; it also takes dancers with training, athleticism and versatility. So Anderson pays attentive care to the dancers' physical, emotional and artistic well-being.