Gianna Reisen, NYCB’s youngest commissioned choreographer to date, makes a splash with her first work for the Company, bringing refreshing vivacity to the stage through fleet-footed choreography set to a violin and piano interpretation of Lukas Foss’ Three American Pieces.
Gianna Reisen’s Composer’s Holiday is set to Lukas Foss’ Three American Pieces for Violin and Piano. (Reisen’s ballet takes its title from the eponymous third piece of Foss’ score for two solo musicians.) The ballet for 12 dancers features costumes by American designer Virgil Abloh and lighting by Mark Stanley. A 2017 graduate of the School of American Ballet and currently a member of L.A. Dance Project, Reisen participated in choreography workshops at SAB and at the New York Choreographic Institute before she was commissioned by the Company in what would be her first ballet for a professional company. Reisen is the youngest choreographer to make a ballet for NYCB. Her second work for NYCB, Judah, premiered in 2018.