Pure artistry alights on Jackson this Summer with the much-anticipated return of New York City Ballet. What began as an experiment six years ago has grown into an annual residency at Dancers’ Workshop. Every year, the world-renowned company sends a rotating troupe of dancers, musicians and choreographers West. The intrepid crew, aptly named New York City Ballet Moves, takes full advantage of their time in the Tetons by adventuring around the valley when they are not busy teaching master classes and performing open rehearsals.
This season, Moves presents a trio of pieces new to Jackson: “Pictures at an Exhibition,” a work choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky to a 1800s composition by Modest Mussorgsky, explores Wassily Kandinsky’s watercolor paintings as the inspiration for emotional movement; the pas de deux “A Place for Us,” choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, finds two charismatic dancers interacting with shifting patterns of light; and the late Jerome Robbins’ “A Suite of Dances” delights in the camaraderie of a male dancer and a cellist playing off of each other. Moves performs three times this weekend – Friday night, a Saturday matinee and Sunday evening finale – all in the Center Theater at the Center for the Arts. Only a few seats remain for each performance.