It is not unusual for a New York City Ballet program to consist of two Peck ballets and a Ratmansky. But until last night, there had not been two different Pecks represented in such a scenario. Elite principal dancer Tiler Peck has made her first ballet for her home troupe, “Concerto for Two Pianos,” and it is masterful. In so doing, she has posed a unique problem for dance writers: forevermore we are going to have to use precious article space to explain that Tiler is no relation to Justin Peck, even though she is now also a bona fide choreographer. (We will also have to differentiate them. Honorifics feel bulky to me today, so I’ll use first names for clarity.) Oh dear, audience members are already so confused. I overhear queries about their relationship all the time in the seats. It would be so much more plausible if they were twins, or married, or at least distant cousins. So be it: “Tiler Peck: Choreographer” is clearly here to stay.
At 82, Twyla Tharp shows no signs of slowing down. She brought two world premieres and an all-star revival to the Joyce this week. The newest dances made it clear that although she’s still a dynamo, aging is very much on her mind. She is exploring wistful terrain these days, but she is doing it with her characteristic humor and high step count.Continue Reading