New Combinations at New York City Ballet

February 6, 2015 10:18 PM

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"New Combinations" was the perfect title for the program at New York City Ballet, which presented the world premiere of Justin Peck's "Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes." The score is Aaron Copland's iconic and robust tapestry of American folk songs, written up originally for Agnes de Mille's groundbreaking 1942 ballet "Rodeo." The challenge for Peck: to bring a new perspective to a familiar work. His pre-curtain speech included an announced that due to an injury by Andrew Veyette the previous evening, that Sean Suozzi and Peck himself would be sharing his role, an exciting change to see the choreographer lead in his own work.

Regardless of the choreography, Copland's score for "Rodeo" exudes American brightness and suggests expansive space waiting to be filled. Peck's "Rōdē,ō" opens with 15 men in color-blocked tones of rust and steel, with bands of white across their torsos reflecting the changing lighting. Costumed by ...

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