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‘I couldn’t even move my eyeballs’: how dancer Tiler Peck stepped back to the barre


William Forsythe’s The Barre Project. This half-hour film set to the music of James Blake transforms something basic and well-worn – the ballet dancer’s daily exercises at the barre – into something completely fresh.

It is short but magnificently satisfying, and thrilling in its low-key virtuosity. Forsythe is a master choreographer, but The Barre Project’s brilliance is in large part down to its central dancer, Tiler Peck, a principal with the New York City Ballet.

Peck is breezily effortless even at top speed, titanium-strong, crystalline in clarity. She’s also a dancer of warmth and connection, that California-girl sunniness in evidence when she Zooms from her apartment in New York.

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