Justin Peck Appointed Resident Choreographer at New York City Ballet

Justin Peck has been named resident choreographer at the New York City Ballet. He is currently the company's soloist and created his first piece for the company just two years ago. Roslyn Sulcas of the New York Times reports that he is the second person to hold this position, the last being Christopher Wheeldon, who was the company’s resident choreographer from 2001 to 2008. In January 2013, Alastair Macaulay, the chief dance critic at the New York Times, described Peck as “the third important choreographer to have emerged in classical ballet this century.”

The appointment requires Peck, who will continue to dance with City Ballet, to create two ballets a year for the next three years and is effective immediately. Said Wheeldon: “City Ballet is and always has been a haven for choreographers. Strength, musicality, perhaps most importantly living inside the music—these were all qualities that I was inspired by, working with on a regular basis, and I am sure will influence Justin . . . . [He] perfectly captures the spirit and dynamic of today’s generation of dancers at City Ballet. They are extremely lucky to have him.”