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Myles Thatcher choreographs 'Polaris' for NYCB

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Congratulations to SFB's Myles Thatcher on his first commissioned piece for NYCB.

From the NY Times review of the event:

The failure rate in ballet choreography is always high. So who would have predicted that all four world premieres (by four choreographers, two of them locally unknown) at New York City Ballet’s fall gala on Wednesday would all be works of real merit, each well worth seeing at least a second time? And yet so it proved. The ballets are by Robert Binet (“The Blue of Distance”), Justin Peck (“New Blood”), Troy Schumacher (“Common Ground”) and Myles Thatcher (“Polaris”): They all expand ballet’s frontiers.

Inevitably, there are problems, shortcomings, unevennesses. This was a fashion gala, with every ballet featuring outfits by prestigious couturiers, but — though most of the outfits are striking, and several are fun — only “Polaris,” the musically weakest of the four, is actually helped by its apparel. Other objections could reasonably be raised about the choreography of all four premieres. Yet the fresh modernity and artistic seriousness with which these choreographers address gender, steps, time, music, structure and stage geometries matter more. Familiar formulas are avoided. It would be good to see more new dances — and without fashion attached — by these four young men.

(Thatcher's Polaris has music by William Walton)


A video excerpt from the Polaris ballet is available within the review.

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