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Marika Anderson, New York City Ballet in George Balanchine's La Valse
Paul KolnikMarika Anderson, New York City Ballet in George Balanchine's La Valse

Dressing-room playlist: Marika Anderson

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Gia Kourlas

As New York City Ballet heads for the final stretch—the company's season closes on March 1—Marika Anderson, a busy member of the corps de ballet, shares her most inspirational songs. In a twist on our classic dressing-room playlist (here's one with her colleague Devin Alberda), she includes the music she listens to before a show and after. See Anderson dance at the David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center)

Pre-show playlist:
1–3. Odesza from In Return

"Say My Name"

"White Lies"

"Sun Models"

"I recently discovered Odesza within this past year and haven’t been able to get enough of it. Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight are a DJ duo from Seattle that have created a unique electronic sound that is mellow yet driving. The constant flow of rhythm helps me settle into a zone and focus on the upcoming performance." 

4, 5. Skrillex from Recess

"Ease My Mind"


"Similar to the driving nature of Odesza, Skrillex provides intense and powerful rhythmic changes, delivering his traditional dubstep sequences.  I like to listen to these before the show because the beats are mesmerizing and meditative, as well as energizing." 

6. Chase and Status from No More Idols
"Hocus Pocus"

"Finishing out my pre-show playlist, I’ve chosen Chase and Status, a U.K.-based DJ duo that deliver even headier beats than the previous artists.  While preparing for the performance, I enjoy listening to something that creates a continuous pulse because it is something that I don’t necessarily need to pay attention to. It centers and rejuvenates me for the performance." 

Post-show playlist:
7. The Dresden Dolls from The Dresden Dolls
"Good Day"

"After the show, my adrenaline is still pumping so I like to start out with something a bit more in your face. The dark cabaret quality of 'Good Day' does just the trick. It’s a perfect song to blow off steam whether or not you’ve actually had a good or bad day."

8–10. Nick Drake
"Pink Moon" from Pink Moon

"One of These Things First" from Bryter Layter

"Five Leaves Left" from River Man

"To contrast with the Dresden Dolls, I make a switch to Nick Drake. I’m now at the point after my performance where I’m trying to settle down and am ready for something calming. I find his lyrics and melodies hauntingly beautiful, creating an atmosphere for reflecting on the day."

11. Ahmad Jamal
"Ahmad's Blues" from Ahmad’s Blues

"My next switch is to Ahmad Jamal.  I love the laid-back feel of his jazz; it provides a soothing atmosphere where I feel like I can finally relax."

12. Martha Argerich, Scherzo No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 39 from Live from the Concertgebouw 1978-1979

"I finish my post-show playlist with concert pianist Martha Argerich. She’s one of my favorite pianists, especially after seeing her at Carnegie Hall. Even after listening to classical music throughout my rehearsal and performance day, it’s something that I like to finish my evening with. Classical music is like food for the soul; it has a way of replenishing the mind." 

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