10 May '17, 11pm

Gender-neutral roles at @nycballet: a sign of the times

Photo Taylor Stanley, left, and Ashly Isaacs in “The Times Are Racing,” choreographed by Justin Peck. Credit Paul Kolnik Gender-neutral casting in ballet is usually a contradiction in terms. She goes on point; he doesn’t. No neutrality there. But when Justin Peck choreographed “The Times Are Racing ” for New York City Ballet, he designed the lead role with neither pointwork nor partnering; the part’s chief stylistic feature, instead, is tap dancing in sneakers. And though he gave the initial run of performances in January to Robert Fairchild, perhaps the company’s biggest star, he announced that the role would also be danced by Ashly Isaacs , a company soloist. A tiny handful of roles planned for one sex have later been taken by members of the other at this company, but this appears to be the first time a role at City Ballet has been conceived both ways: a sign of the time...

Full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/arts/dance/new-york-ci...

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