Like all the dancers at New York City Ballet, Taylor Stanley has been away from the company’s studios for much of the last year. Most of that time, he’s been in New York, where he lives with his sweet dog, Theo. The break has given him time to reflect, but that’s nothing new. Stanley is as thoughtful offstage as he is internal onstage. He dances as if he were digging toward some very deep and quiet place within. For a few years, he has been exploring different ways of moving, outside of ballet. He’s attracted to Ohad Naharin’s Gaga technique, so much so that he went to Tel Aviv to study at the Batsheva studio one summer. More recently, he has formed a particularly powerful bond with the choreographer Kyle Abraham. They first worked together in 2018, when Abraham created “The Runaway” for City Ballet. They collaborated again last summer on a solo, Ces Noms que Nous Portons, and again earlier this year, when Abraham choreographed a new dance film for City Ballet, When We Fell, which will premiere on the company’s platforms on April 8.
Lauren Lovette and Taylor Stanley in “When We Fell” by Kyle Abraham . Photograph by Erin Baiano
One way to get to know the history of a company is through the “liner notes” of its “Swan Lake” production, and for those of us continuing to build an admiring familiarity with Pacific Northwest Ballet via its digital season offerings, Kent Stowell and Francia Russell’s “Swan Lake” provides an interesting glimpse into PNB prior to Peter Boal’s leadership.FREE ARTICLE