I first spoke with Harrison Coll when I was writing a feature about young boys performing the role of Nutcracker Prince for the first time at New York City Ballet. Coll, then a member of the corps, had performed the part as a kid, and has since danced almost every role in that ballet, from Candy Cane to Cavalier, including hiding under Marie’s bed and wheeling it around the stage. One could say he grew up with New York City Ballet, starting at School of American Ballet at 7, before joining the company and rising to the role of soloist in 2018. He has become a particular favorite of Justin Peck’s, who has cast him several of his ballets. It was Peck who brought Coll to Steven Spielberg’s attention, which led to his being cast as one of the Jets in the new revival of West Side Story (which is excellent, by the way).
Harrison Coll and the Jets on set for West Side Story by Steven Spielberg. Photograph by Niko Tavernise
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