Diamonds Are the New York City Ballet's Best Friend
Hunt, Marilyn, Dance Magazine
New York City - New York City Ballet's second biennial Diamond Project, sponsored by Philip Morris Companies Inc., will present a blitz of twelve new ballets by as many choreographers, May 18, 19, 21, 26, and 31, and June 3, during the company's spring season [see The Diamond Project II, page 54]. Creating their first works for NYCB will be Danish choreographer Anna Laerkesen; NYCB principal Damian Woetzel; Ulysses Dove, whose dances are frequently performed by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Trey Mclntyre, a member of Houston Ballet; and Kevin O'Day, who recently made a witty and Tharpian piece for White Oak Dance Project, of which he is a member. Choreographers who took part in the 1992 Diamond Project and who will return this year are David Allan, John Alleyne, Robert LaFosse, Miriam Mahdaviani, Peter Martins, Richard Tanner, and Lynne Taylor-Corbett. William Forsythe, originally announced as a participant, withdrew because of his wife's death.
Laerkesen, making her New York City debut as a choreographer, is a former Royal Danish Ballet principal who has been making ballets for RDB with strong musical choices and technical challenges that are used to poetic ends. …