Leon, cofounder and creative director of Opening Ceremony, will design costumes for Peck’s forthcoming winter season premiere, set to debut on Jan. 26.
Peck, New York City Ballet’s choreographer-in-residence since July 2014, previously teamed with Leon on costumes for his fall 2015 fashion gala original work, “New Blood.” The performance featured a cast of dancers dressed in anatomical, ombré leotards with abstract cut outs — conceptualized by Leon and his Opening Ceremony team.
For Opening Ceremony’s spring 2016 fashion show, Peck choreographed a surprise runway performance in which New York City Ballet dancers jived down the runway to a Kelela soundtrack, flanked by a cast of professional models.
Music to accompany the latest Peck-Leon tie-up has yet to be revealed. The still-untitled piece is Peck’s third of four scheduled new works for New York City Ballet’s 2016-17 season.
This summer, his piece “Scherzo Fantastique” set to Igor Stravinsky’s score of the same name, premiered during the company’s annual Saratoga Performing Arts Center residency, with costumes by Reid & Harriet. Earlier this month, his pas de deux “The Dreamers” set to a score by Bohuslav Martinů premiered at the company’s fall fashion gala, with costumes by Dries Van Noten. A spring work with an original score by Sufjan Stevens is set to debut on May 12.
These many premieres further Peck’s list of collaborations. Throughout his rapid ascent — Peck’s first work for City Ballet premiered in 2013 — the choreographer has linked with artists Marcel Dzama, Shepard Fairey and Sterling Ruby; musicians Stevens and Bryce Dessner, and fashion designers Mary Katrantzou, Van Noten and Prabal Gurung.
As Peck told WWD earlier this year, “For me it’s about creating relevant work, not just new choreography but also commissioning new music and new visual designs from the most talented artists working today. I think there is a responsibility to keep the art form moving.”