Sara Mearns Performs “In Suspense” at the Spoleto Festival!

“‘In Suspense,’ a solo choreographed by Côté for principal dancer Sara Mearns, was the highlight in a night celebrating the pas de deux. The explosive solo utilized touch and focus in a way that made it seem like Mearns was not dancing by herself but rather with herself, somehow transforming “In Suspense” into a pas de deux for one. The muscular, often athletic choreography was punctuated with moments of delicate intimacy, and Mearns expertly navigated the dynamic shifts. At one point, Mearns knelt in a single spot centerstage and dove into an intimate port de bras of reaching and stroking before erupting back into a more frenetic, larger movement. The solo almost felt too short simply because of Mearns’s rockstar performance.” – Charleston City Paper

Sara Mearns to Perform at the Vail Dance Festival This Summer!

“Vail Dance Festival’s artistic director is Damian Woetzel, the former New York City Ballet principal dancer who heads the Juilliard School. He has a sharp appetite for collaborations and, with his wide field of contacts, brings the best together. For instance… Bobbi Jene Smith, formerly a member of Tel Aviv-based Batsheva Dance Company, is set to premiere a piece danced by the ever-adventurous NYCB principal Sara Mearns. The Vail Dance festival will be held July 29-Aug. 9 at various venues in Avon, Colo. vaildance.org.” – The Washington Post

Encores! Into the Woods, Choreographed by Lorin Latarro, Sets Broadway Transfer!

“Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods is headed back to Broadway via New York City Center Encores!, whose concert production of the fairy tale mashup musical played a sold-out limited run earlier this month. Again directed by Encores! Artistic Director Lear deBessonet, the production will play an eight-week limited engagement June 28–August 21 at Broadway’s St. James Theatre, with opening night set for July 10. The revival, which will be the musical’s third Broadway outing, is dedicated to the memory of Stephen Sondheim, who died last year.” – Playbill

Sara Mearns to Return to SC’s Spoleto Festival for “Ballet Encore!”

“Sara Mearns is coming home. The South Carolina native and internationally acclaimed New York City Ballet star will again grace a Spoleto stage this year, along with other New York City Ballet top dancers. They are in town for “Ballet Encore,” Spoleto Festival USA 2022′s program of dance that includes works by top choreographers both past and present. Mearns will perform two works in the program. A solo piece choreographed by Guillaume Cote from the National Ballet of Canada during the pandemic represents its first performance on a main stage. She will also dance in Justin Peck’s “The Decalogue,” partnered with Chun Wai Chan.” – The Post and Courier

Ben Vereen Will Present at the 88th Drama League Awards!

“Tony winners Patti LuPone (Company, Evita, Gypsy), Ben Vereen (Pippin, Fosse, Wicked), Sutton Foster, (The Music Man, Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie) will all present alongside 2022 Tony nominees Shoshana Bean (Mr. Saturday Night, Wicked) and Gabby Beans (The Skin of Our Teeth), as well as Lear deBessonet (Encores! Into The Woods, Off-Broadway’s Hercules). The 88th Annual Drama League Awards May 20 at 12 PM at The Ziegfeld Ballroom.” – Playbill