I was nowhere near the Theater District last week, yet I saw a variety of Broadway-inspired dancing. The choreographer Justin Peck—New York City Ballet’s neo-Robbins figure—was attached to both. He and his wife, Patricia Delgado, choreographed the dances for the Atlantic Theater Company’s off-Broadway production of the “Buena Vista Social Club” at the Linda Gross Theater in Chelsea. He also choreographed the Robbins/Bernstein dream ballet for Bradley Cooper’s new film Maestro.
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continue Reading
One would think that a dance inspired by the events of the January 6 insurrection—yes, a dance!—would not be the ideal stuff of theater, but the eight members of Laurie Sefton Creates (formerly Clairobscur Dance Company), succeeded in giving life to Sefton’s premiere “Herd. Person?”, while the dance, itself, was occasionally problematic.Continue Reading