Three impressive ballets make up 2016's Director's Choice program, beginning with Rush from PNB's own ballet-master Paul Gibson, and PNB premieres Little Mortal Jump from Alejandro Cerrudo and Justin Peck's first full length ballet powerhouse, Year Of The Rabbit.
(Bohuslav Martinu / Paul Gibson)
Little Mortal Jump
(Beirut, Andrew Birdís Bowl, Alexandre Desplat, Philip Glass, Max Richter, Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan / Alejandro Cerrudo)
From touches of suprising playfullness, to bittersweet and poingant intimacy, Cerrudo's Little Mortal Jump employs a varied repetorie, with the vaudevillian and serious layered in almost cinematic quality. With a multi-layered indie infused soundtrack including Tom Waits, Beruit and more, it captures the the persevernace needed in a relationship, the humanity we all strive to share.
Year Of The Rabbit
(Sufjan Stevens/Justin Peck)
Adapted from a short piece Peck created in response what he calls the 'inherent danceability' he found in Steven's record Run, Rabbit Run, Year of the Rabbit is an intricate and architectural piece imbuded with joy and triumph. His breakout piece, it is full of innovation and orginality that marks Peck's journey to modern master.