Magazine article Dance Teacher

A Conversation with New York City Ballet Principal Lauren Lovette

Magazine article Dance Teacher

A Conversation with New York City Ballet Principal Lauren Lovette

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Lauren Lövette is having a good year. Maybe too good- after creating her first ballet for New York City Ballet last fall, For Clara, she realized she'd checked one of the last items off her dance bucket list. "Once you choreograph on New York City Ballet, you're like, 'Well, I didn't dream past this,'" says the NYCB principal. "It made me feel a little lost. I thought I was dreaming the highest I could. That's what I'm trying to figure out this year-what else do I want?" For starters, she wants to choreograph more. She'll get that chance this month, when she shares a program with three other female dancemakers at the Vail International Dance Festival in Colorado on August 7.

How she decided what her Vail piece would be about "We were talking concepts first, and I gave Damian [Woetzel, Vail's artistic director] a couple of safe ideas. He said, 'No, I want you to do something braver-something you can't do anywhere else.' I told him about my dream to do something to spoken word or poetry, and he said, 'Perfect.' Creating movement to different passages of poetry feels like trying to use sign language without actually knowing sign language. How do I show in a universal way what this woman [slam poet Andrea Gibson] is saying, without copy-and-pasting? …

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