Go West!

Peter Boal takes his classical heritage and his adventurous spirit to Chelsea and Seattle

The challenges involved in mounting a season and hunting down interesting choreography increased when Peter Boal & Company materialized last year. The group's second Joyce bill includes a solo by Shen Wei for Whelan (Boal flabbergasted Whelan by asking her what choreographer she might like to work with, taking her to Jacob's Pillow to see Shen's work, and bagging him for her); Perron's Finding; Daniel Nagrin's 1948 classic Strange Hero (danced by NYCB corps member Sean Suozzi); a new work by NYCB principal Edwaard Liang; and a male trio by Victor Quijada, artistic director of Montreal's Rubberbanddance Group. Boal spotted Quijada's work during City Center's October Fall for Dance marathon (where he also picked up Susan Marshall's flying duet, Kiss, for PNB).

NYCB is the major repository and custodian of the Balanchine heritage. PNB is a bit like NYCB in its early days, when every Balanchine premiere stirred controversy as well as delight. And the Seattle company can afford to take chances on new ideas as to what dancing is all about. Peter Boal's mental suitcase is packed. In many ways, he has already left home.

For information about Boal's Joyce season, call 212.242.0800 or visit joyce.org.


Spreading the Balanchine gospel

Former New York City Ballet dancers now head ballet companies across the world. Among them are Ib Andersen at Ballet Arizona, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride at North Carolina Dance Theatre, Daniel Duell at Ballet Chicago, Suzanne Farrell at Suzanne Farrell Ballet in Washington, D.C., Espen Giljane at the Norwegian National Ballet, Gen Horiuchi at Saint Louis Ballet, Nanette Glushak at Ballet du Capitol de Toulouse, David Keary at Ballet Mississippi, Linda MacArthur-Miele at Maine State Ballet, Arthur Mitchell at Dance Theatre of Harlem, Sally Streets at Berkeley Ballet Theater, Roy Tobias at Seoul Ballet, Helgi Tomasson at San Francisco Ballet, Robert Weiss at Carolina Ballet, and Edward Villella at Miami City Ballet. Elizabeth Zimmer

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