Two Hearts – 21st Century Choreographers, NYCB

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Two Hearts
21st Century Choreographers III
New York City Ballet
3 May 2014
Lincoln Center, NYC

Music: Nico Muhly
Choreography: Benjamin Millepied
Principal Casting: Tiler Peck, Tyler Angle
Singer: Dawn Landes

Costumes: Kate & Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte (Costumes Supervised by Marc Happel)
Lighting: Roderick Murray

Premiere: 2012, Lincoln Center

Benjamin Millepied and Nico Muhly have created four works together so far: From Here On Out at American Ballet Theater, Triade at the Paris Opera Ballet, One Thing Leads to Another at the Dutch National Ballet and Two Hearts at New York City Ballet.

Written on a principal duo (danced superbly on Saturday by the original principals Tiler Peck and Tyler Angle) and 12 corps de ballet members, this heart-breaking ballet draws inspiration from the murder ballad “Lord Thomas and Fair Ellinor,” perfectly sung in this performance by Dawn Landes.

Millepied is a master of partnering, and the duets in Two Hearts are revelatory. Tiler Peck’s ability to balance flawless technique with profound Romantic melancholy is phenomenal. What a night.