When it premiered in 2015, Justin Peck’s Heatscape seemed perfectly tailored to Miami City Ballet, the eminent American company for whom it was made. Set against a lush backdrop by the artist Shepard Fairey, the ballet had several Peck signatures–impressive geometric arrangements of the dancers, youthful energy, a romantic energy not at all traditional. But Peck also provides plenty of charms unique to the Miamians, including a sense of place in their sunny home and a piercing energy borne of their strong sense of attack. So it should be revealing to see what happens when this ultra-personal work comes to life through entirely different dancers: those of Dresden’s Semperoper Ballett (one reason for optimism: former Miami ballerina Patricia Delgado helped set Heatscape on the European company). It’s on a program aptly called “100 Degrees,” alongside works by two other contemporary choreographers invigorating ballet right now, Hofesh Schecter and Jiri Kylian. June 2-July 5; Semperoper, Theaterplatz 2.
Openings: ‘Heatscape’ in Dresden
Photo: Ian Whalen