Justin Peck has become something of a phenomenon in the dance world. Already a soloist with the New York City Ballet, the 27-year-old San Diego native recently won adulation from the New York Times as "the most eminent choreographer of ballet in the United States." In only a few short years, he has released a flurry of new ballets (including two collaborations with singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens), been named the New York City Ballet's choreographer-in-residence and was the subject of Ballet 422, a documentary feature.
His latest ballet, Heatscape—which, in addition to Peck’s choreography, features set design from artist Shepard Fairey—is about to open at the Miami City Ballet. We chatted with Justin about food, fashion and how he came to work with the celebrated street artist.
How did your collaboration with Shepard Fairey come about?
I really started to get into Shepard's art when I was exploring Miami. I came across the murals he had done for the Wynwood Walls and was immediately taken with them. Luckily, I discovered we had a mutual friend who was able to get me an introduction. I asked Shepard if he'd be interested in collaborating on a project, and to my great surprise, he said yes.