The Most Beautiful Love Affair for three plus me!
I admit, I’m a New York City Ballet enthusiast, “junky” in the best sense. Robbie Fairchild is returning from his lead role in “American in Paris.” He rejoins NYCB, his beautifully talented wife, Tiler Peck and the consummate choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon, for a brand new ballet called “American Rhapsody” danced to Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” You know the United Airlines commerical music that makes me soar to the heavens each time I hear the musical excerpt. What a fab interview, May 1st,in the NY Times by Roslyn Sulcas.
Where to start. I am so utterly excited that Christopher Wheeldon is continuing his excitement with Gershwin and created this ballet danced by Tiler, Robbie as well as Amar Ramasar and Unity Phelan. The Spring Gala, this Wednesday, May 4th will be the world premier.
Point one: I am a Musical Theater devotee since age 10 and I am so excited to imagine my two worlds converging. It always has in Musical Theater Dance but hardly with the Theater and ballet crossover for most audiences. I’m envisioning a crossover and move from Musical Theater to Ballet back and forth like a Grand Jete! Wheeldon, I believe has that in mind and so much more. Mr. Peter Martins, artistic director, ballet master in Chief of NYCB reflected, “That would be nice.” Yes Yes Yes!! A thrilled Robbie Fairchild shared an American in Paris 8 timer just purchased a ticket for the first time to the NYCB! Ahhhhh, me too Robbie, my happy heaven!
Point two: About the affair. To see Robbie, Tyler, Christopher working together, it’s a trio made in heaven. Add Amar and Unity plus Christopher, really it just keeps on getting better and better.
It’s quite the marriage, a success formula. Just see the full house with “American In Paris.” It’s not everyday you have Leanne Cope, The Royal Ballet and Robbie Fairchild as the leads, is it! Leanne is leaving to return to London, according to a conversation she had with my friend and I at the Dance Against Cancer event this past Monday. Robbie hopefully will be in the London tour in 2017.
I love love love dancers. What passion, What a love affair they have with dance. What a love affair I have with them all.