I was knocked out by three things this fall season at New York City Ballet.
First: Tiler Peck's debut in Swan Lake. Her expressiveness as an impulsive, trapped creature and her dazzling technique combined to create a onstage grandeur. She gave us an Odette of great depth, and an Odile of sharp drama and crazy good fouettés. This was a world-class performance by one of our recent Dance Magazine Awardees.
Second: Gianna Reisen's new work, Composer's Holiday, signaled to all present that a choreographer is born. At 18, this young American apprentice with Dresden Semperoper Ballett, came home to NYC to make a fresh, witty ballet that showed an original way of breaking up space. Reisen just graduated from the School of American Ballet, so the corps dancers she worked with were mostly her former classmates. She was obviously completely at home while making this scintillating work.
Third: Principal Lauren Lovette, in her second ballet for the company, included a dramatic male-male duet. This isn't just incidental, but a main part of Not Our Fate. Danced by the wondrous principal Taylor Stanley and corps dancer Preston Chamblee, this duet looks to me like they are falling in love. I don't have to tell you that seeing two men in a romantic duet is a rarity on the ballet stage.
A triple bravo for an exciting season at NYCB!