Gianna Reisen, a graduate of the School of American Ballet and currently an apprentice with Ballet Semperoper Dresden, is set to stage her first-ever work for New York City Ballet during the company’s annual Fall Gala, making her the youngest commissioned choreographer in the company’s long history.
The 18-year-old Reisen began studying at SAB in 2011 and took part in the School’s Student Choreography workshop in 2015. She staged a new work as part of the New York Choreographic Institute fall session in 2016, at the recommendation of NYCB artistic director Peter Martins.
Reisen’s world premiere for NYCB features six men and six women, danced to Three American Pieces by Lukas Foss. The twelve-minute piece will be performed alongside works by Lauren Lovette, Justin Peck, Troy Schumacher and Martins at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater on Thursday, September 28.
Needless to say, Reisen’s in good company.