Choreographer Justin Peck appeared on CBS Sunday Morning April 22 in an interview with correspondent Rita Braver. The resident choreographer of the New York City Ballet (which he joined as an apprentice in 2006) makes his Broadway debut this season with his re-imagining of Broadway’s Carousel, now running at the Imperial Theatre.
Known for his unconventional music choice and partnering choreography, Peck spoke about his style of ballet. “I don’t want ballet to feel like an elitist art form which is what it is traditionally,” said Peck in the interview. “It was invented as entertainment for kings and queens and now I feel like there has to be an accessibility to it.”
He’s been the subject of a documentary, Ballet 422, and set the dance for a scene in Red Sparrow starring Jennifer Lawrence.
Peck is still a soloist for the NYCB, though he spends most of his time choreographing these days. “I've always felt like [dancing is] one of the few moments where you're not conscious of anything in the past or anything in the future.”
Director Jack O’Brien called him a “genius. This kid is bursting with talent.”
As for Peck, he doesn’t want to feel too much pressure, but he is grateful for where life has led him. “My second home is basically a theatre. I'm either working in the theatre on a project or going to see something on my night off,” he said. “That's really special.”
Watch Peck answer our deep questions about his choreography after the opening night performance of Carousel on Broadway: