Jerome Robbins. George Balanchine. Alvin Ailey. Martha Graham.
Can you imagine sitting in on a rehearsal in their early days?
That’s what Ballet 422 is doing for Justin Peck, the next big name in dance.
The new documentary follows the then-25-year-old in 2013. At the time, he was a lowly corps dancer with a pretty nerve-racking opportunity in his hands: create an original piece for the New York City Ballet in two months.
With no interviews, the film instead acts as a voyeur. You’ll see everything from Peck videoing himself with an iPhone to principal dancers jeté-ing their way across the David H. Koch Theater. But what happens in the middle is the really fascinating part.
Costumers fret over hemlines and skirt silhouettes. Hairstylists calm traditional dancers who don’t love the new low bun. Middle-aged orchestra players sit wide-eyed during a pep talk from this, well, kid.
And now Peck is a 27-year-old, choreographer-in-residence and the buzziest name coming out of Lincoln Center. (He’s the guy who often uses Sufjan Stevens as a composer.) Go see his journey firsthand.
“Ballet 422” is now playing at Landmark Sunshine Cinema and the Film Society of Lincoln Center