Turn It Out
with Tiler Peck & Friends
with Tiler Peck & Friends
Sat Oct 28 | 8 PM
Sun Oct 29 | 3 PM
One of ballet’s greatest stars, with a storied career at New York City Ballet and a massive presence online where she inspires young ballerinas and wows balletomanes, Tiler Peck is at the height of her powers. She now strikes out to create her own original work that the London Press calls, “breathtaking,” “dazzling,” and “exhilarating.” Peck is joined by an eclectic line-up of dancers and choreographers including fellow NYCB dancers and the reigning diva of tap dance, Michelle Dorrance.
Performance Underwritten by Tim Wahl and Julia Strickland
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“Tiler Peck is a stupendous mover. In her London debut, the New York City Ballet principal shows off the effervescent speed and musicality she’s known for, along with an eagerness for collaboration built around the joy of music, rhythm, athleticism and pure dance. There’s a great sense of artistic exchange and shared pleasure that’s a delight to be part of.” – The Guardian
ABOUT THE cast
TILER PECK (Curator, Dancer, & Choreographer) (Curator, Dancer, & Choreographer) Regarded as a “dance luminary” (Washington Post), “pure joy in toe shoes” (Los Angeles Times) and “the ballerina who can stop time (and re-start it too)” (New York Times), Tiler Peck is widely recognized as one of the top American ballerinas of our time. A Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet (NYCB), an actress, choreographer, author and designer, Peck continues to evolve as an artist and add to her extensive repertoire.
In May of 2022, Peck curated and directed the highly anticipated inaugural Artists at the Center for New York City Center, and has since developed the program into the critically acclaimed show, Turn it Out with Tiler Peck and Friends. The program, which features premieres from William Forsythe, Alonzo King, Jillian Meyers and Michelle Dorrance, enjoyed a sold-out world premiere in New York City and a European debut in London at the prestigious Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Now, Tiler is excited to be touring the show in her home state of California.
Last month, Peck had choreographic premieres at Northern Ballet in Leeds and at Cincinnati Ballet and is making her first ballet for New York City Ballet this February.
Tiler added the title of curator when she launched and starred in the Los Angeles Music Center’s presentation of BalletNOW. She was the subject of the Hulu feature documentary, Ballet Now, and also choreographed the box office smash action movie, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. She performed with Josh Groban at Radio City Music Hall in a special streamed later on PBS, she appeared in Season 7 of Ray Donovan opposite Liev Shreiber and the Netflix series Tiny Pretty Things, and was the first ballerina ever to appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Tiler also guested on Dancing with the Stars for three seasons and on Julie Andrews’ Netflix series, Julie’s Greenroom, and starred in the film Ballet 422.
Born in Bakersfield, California, Tiler began her dance training at the age of two at her mom’s dance studio. At 14, she entered the School of American Ballet. The same year, she became an apprentice with NYCB and within a few months was asked to join the corps de ballet. Tiler was promoted to Soloist in 2006 and to Principal Dancer in 2009.
At 11, Tiler made her Broadway debut in The Music Man and next appeared on Broadway as Ivy Smith in the Tony-nominated On The Town. She played Louise in the Emmy-nominated production of Carousel (New York Philharmonic, Live From Lincoln Center) and more recently played the title role in Susan Stroman’s musical, Little Dancer (Kennedy Center). She is due to star in the production on Broadway.
Tiler had the honor of performing for President Obama at the 2012 and 2014 Kennedy Center Honors. She was the 2004 Mae L Wien Award winner, the Janice Levin Honoree for 2006-2007, winner of the Léonide Massine’s Positano Premia La Danza for International Emerging Artists and a 2004 recipient of a Princess Grace Foundation–USA Dance Fellowship. In 2013, she was named in Forbes 30 under 30 in Hollywood Entertainment and won the Princess Grace Statue Award. She also received the 2016 Dance Magazine Award. Tiler developed and produced a daily ballet class, #TurnItOutWithTiler, initially aimed at helping people stay connected and moving during the pandemic. The show’s down to earth tone coupled with its very necessary purpose attracted the attention of enthusiasts like Jennifer Garner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Leslie Odom Jr and Josh Groban, who all guested on the show.
Her first children’s book, Katarina Ballerina (Simon & Schuster) was published in 2020, and Katarina’s adventures continue in Katarina Ballerina & The Victory Dance (2022), where she helps a fellow ballet dancer follow his dreams.
With a passion and keen eye for fashion, Tiler recently launched the “Love, Tiler” collection with Só Dança and designed the capsule collection, Tiler Peck X STATESIDE, in collaboration with the popular Los Angeles-based womenswear line. Her second capsule collection for STATESIDE released in early 2023.
Find her on Instagram @tilerpeck or at www.tilerpeck.com and shop her newest collection below.
Aaron Marcellus, hailing from Atlanta, is a versatile artist with a career spanning 25 years. He has captivated global audiences as a singer, songwriter, composer, musician, dancer, and actor. Aaron gained recognition through American Idol and performed on a world tour sponsored by the US Armed Forces, entertaining thousands in multiple countries. He has also appeared in Chapstick commercials, Universal Pictures’ “Dear Evan Hansen,” and NBC’s “Next Caller.” As a member of “Stomp” Off-Broadway and a supporting lead in National Black Theater’s “Dreaming Zenzile,” he continues to showcase his exceptional talents. Find him on Instagram at @theaaronmarcellus.
Penelope Wendtlandt is a multidisciplinary performer originally from Germany. Some of her favorite credits, along with being a former company member of STOMP, are performing with Dorrance Dance at New York City Center and at the Guggenheim Museum. She composed and performed the live score accompaniment for the original play “Ursus Americanus” at Columbia University and most recently for Tiler Peck’s world premiere of “Time Spell” at New York City Center. Catch her dancing and drumming in the upcoming Amazon Prime film “Música” to be released Summer 2023. With a background in multi – form dance, music, and theatre she is currently finishing her first solo album “inside armour” and is continuing to develop and perform her solo work.
INDIA BRADLEY (Dancer) is a member of New York City Ballet’s (NYCB) Corps de Ballet. She was born in Detroit, Michigan and began her dance training at the age of four in Troy, Michigan. At the age of eleven, she attended the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet in Novi, Michigan, under the direction of Sergey Rayevitskey. Bradley attended the summer program at Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) in 2012, and entered DTH’s Professional Training Program that fall. She attended the 2014 summer session at the School of American Ballet NYCB’s official school, and enrolled as a full-time student later that year. Bradley was named an apprentice in August 2017 and joined the Company as a member of the Corps de Ballet in August 2018. @indiabradleyy
CHUN-WAI CHAN (Dancer) was born in Guangdong, China, in 1992 and trained at the Guangzhou Art School from 2004 to 2010. In 2010 he was finalist at the Prix de Lausanne, Switzerland, which earned him a full scholarship to study with Houston Ballet Academy. Chan joined the corps de ballet of Houston Ballet in 2012 and was promoted to principal dancer in 2017. In 2020, Chan was among the finalists of Hunan TV’s “Dance Smash”. Chan joined NYCB as a soloist in 2021 and was promoted to principal dancer the following year, making him the company’s first Chinese principle since its founding in 19xx. Most recently, Forbes China included Chan in their “30 under 30” list and he was featured on the cover of Dance magazine (May 2023 issue).
MICHELLE DORRANCE (Dancer & Choreographer) is a New York City-based tap dancer, choreographer, director, teacher, music-maker, and is the founder/Artistic Director of Dorrance Dance. Mentored by Gene Medler (North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble), she studied under many of the last hoofers of the jazz era. Solo career highlights include STOMP, Savion Glover’s ti dii, IMAGINE TAP, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and touring with Darwin Deez. Choreographic commissions include: Martha Graham Dance Company, Vail Dance Festival, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Center, Works&Process/Guggenheim, and recent choreographic Broadway debut, Flying Over Sunset. A MacArthur Fellow, Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow, Doris Duke Artist, Princess Grace, Alpert Award, and Bessie Award winner, Dorrance holds a B.A. from the Gallatin School at New York University. @mashdeez
JOVANI FURLAN (Dancer) is a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. Born in Joinville, Brazil, Furlan started dancing at the age of 11 at the Bolshoi School in Brazil. In 2010 he participated in the International Ballet Competition in Jackson-MS, and was offered a full scholarship to attend the Miami City Ballet School by Edward Villella. He began his training there in 2011 and joined Miami City Ballet in 2012 and was named a principal dancer in 2017. At MCB, his repertory included works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Richard Alston, John Cranko, Peter Martins, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, and Christopher Wheeldon. Furlan joined NYCB in August 2019 and has continued to perform principal roles with the company as well as multiple guesting opportunities all around the world. In 2022, Furlan was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 and has also started his own company, “Furlan Dancewear”. Instagram @jovani.furlan
CHRISTOPHER GRANT (Dancer) was born in Jamaica, Queens. He began his dance training in 2002 at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet (NYCB). Additional training includes summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) and the New York State Summer School of the Arts. In August 2015, Grant became an apprentice with NYCB. As an apprentice with the Company, Grant originated a featured role in Nicolas Blanc’s Mothership. He joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in August 2016. @chris.jk.grant
LEX ISHIMOTO (Dancer) trained in jazz, lyrical, tap, hip-hop, ballet, and contemporary dance and debuted professionally as Billy on the first and second national tours of Billy Elliot the Musical. He attended Boston Ballet School, was promoted to Boston Ballet II, and later joined Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound company for its After the Curtain tour. Ishimoto was crowned America’s Favorite Dancer on the 14th season of So You Think You Can Dance and was be seen in music videos for Sia, Judith Hill, Bebe Rexha, and more. He recently completed a world tour with rock band MUSE and set work on Boston Ballet. Heavily influenced by the underground/hip hop scene, classical ballet, concert dance, and commercial world, Ishimoto strives to be a dominant force in the dance world, refusing to be labeled. @lex_ishimoto
BROOKLYN MACK (Dancer) of Elgin, South Carolina, is a world renowned International Principal Guest Artist. He began his training at the age of twelve with Radenko Pavlovich and Milena Leben at Pavlovich Ballet School, and finished his training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet primarily under the tutelage of teachers Anatoli Kucheruk and Vladimir Djouloukhadze.
Mr. Mack has won numerous awards in recognition of his dancing prowess, such as The Senior Men’s Silver Medal at the 2006 Jackson, USA, IBC, The 2007 Princess Grace Fellowship Award, The Senior Men’s Silver Medal at the Helsinki IBC, The Grand Prix at the 2012 Istanbul IBC, The Gold Medal at the Boston IBC, and The Gold Medal at the 2012 Varna IBC, to name just a few.
Mr. Mack has also been featured on ABC, NBC, NPR, Ebony Magazine, listed in the Grio’s Top 100 (2014), and was named as a top “25 [dancers] to watch” by Dance Magazine (2012), and has received numerous glowing reviews from prominent publications around the world like The Washington, and The New York Times.
Mr. Mack has performed as a principal dancer all over the globe on the world’s greatest stages, with some of the world’s foremost preeminent ballet companies, including National Ballet of Ukraine, American Ballet Theatre, English National Ballet, and many more. @brooklynmack5
ROMAN MEJIA (Dancer) was born in Fort Worth, Texas and began studying ballet at age 3 with his mother and father. At age 13, he entered the Mejia Ballet Academy. Mr. Mejia attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet, New York City Ballet’s official school, in 2014 and 2015 before entering SAB full-time for the 2015 winter term. In August 2017, Mr. Mejia became an apprentice with NYCB, and he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in November 2017. Mr. Mejia was promoted to the rank of soloist in October 2021 and Principal Dancer in February 2023. In 2019, Dance Magazine featured Mr. Mejia as one of their “25 To Watch” picks and he became a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Foundation – USA Dance Fellowship. In 2020, Mr. Mejia was named a Clives Barnes finalist. His repertory includes leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, William Forsythe, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon among many others. Most recently, he starred in Twyla Tharp’s TWYLA NOW and Tiler Peck’s Artists at the Center at New York City Center. Mr. Mejia was the Vail Dance Festival’s 2022 Artists in Residence. @roman.julian.mejia
JILLIAN MEYERS (Dancer & Choreographer) (Dancer & Choreographer) is an Emmy nominated choreographer, academic educator, and world class performer. She works at the nexus of commercial, stage, film, and site-specific performance. Her work varies from touring with Janet Jackson, being the assistant choreographer for the film, “La La Land”, co-choreographing multiple episodes of NBC’s, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”, to choreographing multiple videos for the music artist Hozier. She wears many hats and makes many faces—and both reconciles and indulges in all of these disciplines in her collaborative ongoing genre-bending project, “The Seaweed Sisters.” @jillymeyers jillianmeyers.com
MIRA NADON (Dancer) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and began her ballet training at the age of six at the Inland Pacific Ballet Academy in Montclair, California. She attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of NYCB, in 2014 and 2015, before entering SAB full-time for the 2015 winter term. In November 2017, Ms. Nadon became an apprentice with NYCB. She joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in November 2018. Ms. Nadon was promoted to the rank of soloist in January 2022, and to principal in February 2023. Ms. Nadon has danced as a guest at the Vail Dance Festival and Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival and has performed as a member of Ballet Collective. She is also a part-time student at Fordham University. She is the recipient of the 2021 Clive Barnes Award for dance and is a 2022 Princess Grace Award winner.
QUINN STARNER (Dancer) is member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. She was born in Lambertville, Michigan, where she began her training at the age of two. Ms. Starner attended summer programs at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, in 2015 and 2018, before enrolling full-time at SAB for the 2018 winter term. Quinn became an apprentice with NYCB in August 2021, and joined the corps de ballet in March 2022.
Quinn Starner has appeared in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and So You Think You Can Dance. She competed at many prestigious ballet competitions, receiving awards from the American Ballet Competition, the Universal Ballet Competition, USA International Ballet Competition, Youth America Grand Prix, and The Dance Awards. Since joining New York City Ballet, Quinn has performed featured roles choreographed by Jamar Roberts, Kyle Abraham, Silas Farley and Keerati Jinakunwiphat since joining New York City Ballet. Quinn has performed with Stars of American Ballet led by Daniel Ulbricht. In 2023, Dance Magazine featured Ms.Starner as one of their “25 To Watch”.
BYRON TITTLE (Dancer & Associate Choreographer) began studying tap dance privately with Kendrick Jones II and David Rider in his home state of New York. Exploring other disciplines, he trained extensively at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. An assistant to Michelle Dorrance for her American Ballet Theatre debut in 2018, he is a proud, decade long company member of Bessie-award winning Dorrance Dance. He is a founding member of Candace Brown’s Soul Project Dance Company and principal dancer of Justin Peck’s recent stage work “Illinois.” Commercial credits include Janet Jackson, Doja Cat, Hugh Jackman, and Nicki Minaj. Tittle is humbled to have received a 2019 Princess Grace Foundation Dance Fellowship Award. @byrontittle
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