Stars of New York City Ballet return for a second year in a row with Ballet Encore, a George Balanchine ballet presentation. Here is what you should know:
Building off the wild success of Spoleto Festival USA’s 2021 performance, this 70-minute expanded performance of Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux is performed by Adrian Danchig-Waring, South Carolina-born mega star Sara Mearns, Indiana Woodward, Unity Phelan, Joseph Gordon, Jovani Furlan, and Chun Wai Chan.
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Audience members will enjoy a seven piece program from eight New York City Ballet dancers:
- To each in his own time with dancers Adrian Danchig-Waring, Joseph Gordon
- After the Rain Pus De Deux with dancers Unity Phelan, Chun Wai Chan
- In Suspense with dancer Sara Mearns
- Chopin Dances with dancers Indiana Woodward, Joseph Gordon
- White Swan Pas de Deux with dancers Unity Phelan, Jovani Furlan
- The Decalogue (excerpt) with dancers Sara Mearns, Chun Wai Chan
- Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux with dancers Indiana Woodward, Jovani Furlan
About the Dancers
CHUN WAI CHAN
Chun Wai Chan was born in Guangdong, China, trained at Guangzhou Art School, and joined Houston Ballet in 2012, becoming Principal in 2017. He joined New York City Ballet as soloist in 2021. He danced Prince Siegfried in Stanton Welch’s Swan Lake, lead roles in William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, and Reflection by Justin Peck, as well as many other lead role in both classical and contemporary repertoire by renowned choreographers. Chan has had many successes, including being featured in Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch” in 2016 and Pointe Magazine’s “The Standouts of 2017” as well as performing in the Ninjinsky-Gala XLI in Hamburg, Germany; New York’s 2015 Fall for Dance Festival; and 2018 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, among others.
Adrian Danchig-Waring is a Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet, where he’s collaborated with many renowned choreographers and performed an active repertoire of masterworks by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. He has received international recognition performing on major stages throughout the Americas, Europe, and China. He was a founding member of Christopher Wheeldon’s company Morphoses. Mr. Danchig-Waring is currently the Artistic Director of the New York Choreographic Institute. He was a research fellow at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, is a Director of the board of the George Balanchine Foundation, and a commissioned artist at The Guggenheim Museum Works & Process.
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Jovani Furlan was born in Joinville, Brazil, and 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. Mr. Furlan began his training at the MCB School in 2011 and joined Miami City Ballet in 2012. He was promoted to soloist in 2015 and was named an MCB principal dancer in 2017. Furlan joined New York City Ballet as a soloist in August 2019 and in February 2022 he was promoted to principal dancer where he continues to perform featured roles in works by many world renowned choreographers.
Joseph Gordon was born in Phoenix, AZ, and began his dance training at the age of five at The Phoenix Dance Academy. Mr. Gordon began studying at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the 2006 summer course and enrolled as a full-time student that fall. In August of 2011, Mr. Gordon became an apprentice with NYCB, and in July of 2012, he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In February 2017, Mr. Gordon was promoted to soloist and in October 2018, he was promoted to principal dancer.
Sara Mearns has been a principal dancer with New York City Ballet since 2008. Originally from Columbia, SC, she originated roles in ballets choreographed by Justin Peck, Kyle Abraham, Alexei Ratmansky, Pam Tanowitz, Andrea Mille, Christopher Wheeldon, Guillaume Côté, Beth Gill, among others. As a guest, she has performed with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, The Cunningham Centennial Celebration, Jodi Melnick Dance, Bill T Jones/ Lee Ming Wei, and Wang Ramirez. At New York City Center, she starred in Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, Encores!’s I Married An Angel, and Twyla Now and performed the Dances of Isadora Duncan at Lincoln Center. At The Joyce, Sara performed a full evening with five world premier pieces. She won the 2018 Bessie Award for Outstanding Performer and was nominated for the Benois de la Danse and Princess Grace Awards.
Unity Phelan was born in Princeton, NJ, and began her dance training at the age of five at the Princeton Ballet School, where her teachers included Douglas Martin, Maria Youskevitch, and Mary Barton. During the summers of 2008 and 2009, Ms. Phelan attended the summer sessions at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, and enrolled as a fulltime student in fall of 2009. She became an apprentice with NYCB in December 2012 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in November 2013. In February 2017, Ms. Phelan was promoted to the rank of soloist, and in October 2021, she was promoted to principal dancer.
Indiana Woodward was born in Paris, France, and began her dance training at the age of ten at the Yuri Grigoriev School of Ballet in Venice, CA. Ms. Woodward began studying at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, during the 2010 summer course and enrolled as a full-time student that fall. In August 2012, she became an apprentice with NYCB and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in December 2012. Ms. Woodward was promoted to Principal in October 2021.
NICOLE (MITCHELL) MOMMEN
Nicole (Mitchell) Mommen is an AGMA Stage Manager with New York City Ballet. She is thrilled to return to the Spoleto Festival USA after Stage Managing Ballet Under the Stars at the 2021 Festival. Other past projects include: New Work for Goldberg Variations with Pam Tanowitz Dance; Artists at the Center / Tiler Peck at The New York City Center; Vail Dance Festival (2019, 2021) in Vail, CO; Demo (2019, 2020) at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC; El Sueño Americano in Zaragoza, Spain; BalletNOW documentary filmed for Hulu at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA; and Miami City Ballet (2006-2016) in Miami, FL.
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Ballet Encore will take the stage at the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre beginning Wednesday, June 1 and will run through Saturday, June 4.