I’ve read a lot of interviews where choreographers talk about how they go into the studio without any ideas and improvise, and something great comes out of it. I guess I try to think about choreographing the way an architect builds a structure. It takes so much money and so much effort to make a ballet, that I don’t want to take any chances.An architect doesn’t just go out and start nailing two-by-fours together randomly. Maybe it’s playing it a little bit safe, but I don’t know…
(Click image for larger version) " data-medium-file=" data-large-file=" src=" alt="Justin Peck.© Paul Kolnik. He made his first dance, a pas de deux called “A Teacup Plunge,” for the student-run Columbia Ballet Collaborative in 2009.
(Click image for larger version)" title="pk-justin-peck-colour-bio2_620" width="620" height="501" class="size-full wp-image-3693" srcset=" , " sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px" / met with the young dancer and choreographer, Justin Peck, the other day at Ed’s Chowder House, a discreet spot with decent lobster rolls (and wicked drinks) tucked into the second floor of the Empire Hotel, across from Lincoln Center. This past year has been a particularly eventful one for Peck.
Have you been influenced in your way of working by your experience with other choreographers?
I’ve been most taken by working with choreographers who have genuine vision.
I would watch from the wings, and during the second act I would go out front. Was there a dancer that you particularly identified with? It really unveils details that you might not pick up on from just listening.