NEW YORK CITY BALLET: PARTITA-SUMMERSPACE-DVG. Review by Celia Ipiotis
Ashley Laracey, Emilie Gerrity.
After a minor delay due to COVID, NYC Ballet opened its doors to dance lovers eager to bask in company premieres and classics. Season festivities bounced open with the premiere of Justin Peck's sneaker ballet Partita. Enriched by Caroline Shaw's thoroughly intriguing a cappella composition Partita for 8 Voices performed live by Roomful of Teeth, a tribe of 8 dancers mirror the vocals. Dressed in casual shorts, tops and tights, by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung, the energized dancers slither through Eva Lewitts whimsical set design of colorful, scalloped fringe.
Frequently cast as the breathing center of Peck's ballets, the serene Taylor Stanley breezes into view, chest open and arms extended in a meditative embrace joined by Harrison Coll. in contrast, Tyler Peck sparkles into action, legs clicking out layered tempi. Overall, these two artists encapsulate the ballet's ethos.
Always able to tap into NYCB dancers' youthful exuberance, Peck's colloquial moves feed into ballet extensions and voguing style arms signaling cryptic messages. To continue.......