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Russell Janzen in
ˈRōdēˌō: Four Dance Episodes  
World Premiere
Choreography by Justin Peck
New York City Ballet  
Credit Photo: Paul Kolnik
studio@paulkolnik.com
nyc 212-362-7778
Paul KolnikRussell Janzen in ˈRōdēˌō: Four Dance Episodes   World Premiere Choreography by Justin Peck New York City Ballet Credit Photo: Paul Kolnik studio@paulkolnik.com nyc 212-362-7778

Andrew Veyette's injury forces a choreographer to step in

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Gia Kourlas
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On the evening of his latest premiere for New York City Ballet, Justin Peck went into emergency mode. Before the curtain could raise on Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes on Wednesday, the choreographer appeared onstage, a sweat jacket zipped over a beige costume. (It was the first sign something was up.) He explained that one of his leads—Andrew Veyette, featured in last week's Time Out—had suffered an injury the previous night in Donizetti Variations. In order to show the ballet in its complete form, he had a plan. Replacing Veyette? Peck himself in the first episode; Sean Suozzi in the fourth. Even with the drama, response to the rambunctious work was exuberant; set to Aaron Copland's score, the dance for 15 men and one ballerina (Sara Mearns) hints at male camaraderie, ballet boys becoming men. "Wish us luck!" Peck announced to the crowd. Here's wishing Veyette a speedy recovery.

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