“Wheeldon presents Mearns with sensitivity. But rather than her wildness, he shows us her calm. For all of its motion, the whole work is restrained, reserved, well-behaved while the music emotes, soft-focused even after the scrim lifts.” – The New York Times
Sara Mearns Stars in World Premiere of New Christopher Wheeldon Ballet at the NYCB’s Spring Gala!
“His new dance, “From You Within Me,” is his 22nd for the company. Set to Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht,” it debuts at the spring gala… Wheeldon also wanted Sara Mearns to star… “This music and Sara go together for me,” he said. “There is so much amplitude and courage in her dancing that reminded me in scale of the music.” – The New York Times
Sara Mearns To Star in Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet at the National Ballet of Canada!
“The Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada announced that Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté will dance the role of Romeo in Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet for the final time on June 16 at 7:30 pm and 18 at 2:00 pm, opposite Principal Guest Artist and New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Sara Mearns as Juliet… Mearns is an internationally celebrated dancer in demand as a guest artist around the world and is currently a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. This marks her debut with the National Ballet.” – The National Ballet of Canada
Sara Mearns Featured in New Coffee Table Book “New York City Ballet: Choreography and Couture”
“The photography book showcases the nearly 30 designer and choreographer collections that have premiered at NYCB’s annual Fall Fashion Gala… Dukovic shot 127 handmade costumes on 11 dancers in six days during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among those showcasing the designs in motion are NYCB dancers Sara Mearns… The book has an introduction by Happel and a foreword by Sarah Jessica Parker, who conceived of the Fall Fashion Gala in 2012, and essays by Vogue fashion editor Tonne Goodman and Patricia Mears of The Museum at FIT. The hardcover book sells for $55 and will be released in September.” – Women’s Wear Daily
Listen to Sara Mearns on MOVING MOMENTS Podcast!
“When Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet Sara Mearns performs, she goes for broke, thus earning the nickname “Stage Animal” from famed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. The star ballerina shares how she found the bravery to advocate for herself as a student at School of American Ballet, climbing the ranks to become a principal ballerina, and the advice Suzanne Farrell gave her to best prepare for performances. Sara explains how she has learned to maintain her physical and mental health, and her insatiable curiosity to explore modern and contemporary dance, thus earning herself another nickname from Alicia.” Click here for the episode!
Sara Mearns to Star at the 2023 Vail Dance Festival!
“This year, 10 choreographers and four composers will create new works for an eclectic assortment of performers. They include New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns. The festival runs July 28 to Aug. 7.” – The New York Times
Sara Mearns Featured in Photographer Mark Mann’s New Book “Movement at the Still Point,” and Will Perform at Joyce Theatre Event
“This one-night only performance brings dancers off the pages of the newly released coffee table book Movement at the Still Point: An Ode to Dance and onto The Joyce stage to celebrate the power of expression, in movement and stillness.
Journey through a multi-disciplinary program of ballet, modern, tap, hip hop, contemporary, tango, and musical theater with stars from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Broadway, Martha Graham Dance Company and more. This eclectic bill of world premieres and fan favorites capture the dynamism and the energy of mediums of both dance and photography.
At the depth of the COVID-19 pandemic, world-renowned celebrity portrait photographer Mark Mann turned his lens from luminaries such as Barack Obama, Jennifer Anniston, Bradley Cooper, Margot Robbie and Rhianna to the the top dancers in the New York City community… Movement at the Still Point: An Ode to Dance captures 142 artists whose impact and legacy span many generations and disciplines. Featuring photos of Misty Copeland, Andy Blankenbuehler, Tiler Peck, Chita Rivera, Sara Mearns, James Whiteside, Carmen De Lavallade, Kyle Abraham and many others, these photos show the true strength in beauty and resolve during a time of incredible uncertainty.” – Joyce Theatre
Sara Mearns Performs “The Two of Us” at the Fall For Dance Festival!
“‘The Two of Us,’ originally created by Christopher Wheeldon in 2020 as a digital work for Mearns and David Hallberg, was now performed live with Mearns and Fairchild. (They were even better.) Set to Joni Mitchell songs, the duet is ethereal and earthy, intentional yet breezy.Wearing sheer costumes by Harriet Jung and Reid Bartelme that accentuated the subtle mastery of their bodies, Mearns and Fairchild danced together and apart, melding classical technique with light, casual touches — a flexed foot, a swivel of the hips, a sideways glance. What was breathtaking was Mearns’s ability to trust her own presence, not to act emotion but to let emotion filter through her, and Fairchild’s unpretentious sophistication as his maturity deepens his dancing. It was lovely.” – The New York Times (Critic’s Pick)
“The Two of Us” with Sara Mearns at Fall For Dance Festival Featured in The Observer!
“Over five programs, New York City Center’s indispensable banquet of dance returns, with engagements by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the New York debut of Kyiv City Ballet, a New York premiere by Pam Tanowitz, and the live premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s The Two of Us, set to Joni Mitchell classics and featuring Sara Mearns and Robbie Fairchild. (The latter work originally premiered online during lockdown.)” – The Observer, Fall Arts Preview 2022
“The Two of Us” with Sara Mearns at The Fall For Dance Festival is Featured in the New York Times!
“After three Covid-riddled years, this popular smorgasbord of a festival, for which all tickets are $20, will again be able to include international performers… There are also two noteworthy duets for four dance stars: the live premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s 2020 digital festival commission “The Two of Us,” featuring Sara Mearns and Robbie Fairchild, and a new work by Pam Tanowitz for Herman Cornejo and Melissa Toogood. (Sept. 21-Oct. 2, New York City Center)” – 54 Dance Programs, Festivals, and More Coming This Fall (The New York Times)