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Justin Peck Named Resident Choreographer for New York City Ballet

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Justin Peck Named Resident Choreographer for New York City Ballet

Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief of New York City Ballet, announced today that choreographer and NYCB Soloist Justin Peck has been named the Company's Resident Choreographer, effective immediately. In this new capacity Peck will create two world premiere ballets for NYCB each year, in addition to continuing to dance with the Company. Peck will become only the second person to hold the title Resident Choreographer at NYCB; the first was Christopher Wheeldon, who had the position from 2001 to 2008.

For NYCB's 2014-15 season, Peck will create a new work for the Fall Gala on September 23, 2014, which will be set to a score by Ce?sar Franck; and will create a second new work, to a score by Aaron Copland, that will premiere on the Company's annual New Combinations evening on February 4, 2015.

Peck has choreographed six works for New York City Ballet in the past two years: In Creases (2012), Year of the Rabbit (2012), Paz de la Jolla (2013), Take-Offs and Landings (NYCB MOVES, 2013), Capricious Maneuvers (2013), and Everywhere We Go (2014).

Peck, who joined NYCB as a member of the corps de ballet in 2007, was promoted to Soloist in 2013. He made his first ballet in April 2009 for the Columbia Ballet Collaborative, which was a pas de deux titled A Teacup Plunge, featuring NYCB dancers Teresa Reichlen and Russell Janzen. In the fall of 2009, Peck participated in his first session at the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of NYCB, and for the Institute's 10th anniversary in November 2010, Peck created Tales of a Chinese Zodiac, a precursor to his 2012 collaboration with Sufjan Stevens, Year of the Rabbit. In 2011, Peck was the recipient of the Institute's first-ever year-long residency.

"When Justin participated in his first session at the New York Choreographic Institute, it was immediately evident that he had a special gift," said Martins. "Now after making six works for the Company in just two years, it is clear that he's ready for the next step, and I am thrilled that Justin will continue to nurture his choreographic voice as our Resident Choreographer."

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