For two weeks, starting Saturday, July 29, Ms. Peck will be resident high in the Colorado Rockies at the Vail International Dance Festival. Damian Woetzel has been that festivalâs artistic director since 2006; thanks to his faith in her, Vail is where Ms. Peckâs ever-increasing versatility has been most evident.
Ms. Peck and Mr. Woetzel both learned Twyla Tharpâs âSinatra Suiteâ for the 2008 festival; she was 19, he was more than 20 years her senior. It was Mr. Woetzelâs final appearance as a dancer. In later years at the festival, Ms. Peck has been partnered by Jeffrey Cirio, Herman Cornejo, James Whiteside (all principals of American Ballet Theater) and Sergei Polunin (then at the Royal Ballet); she has danced Paul Taylorâs modern dance idiom barefoot and Memphis jookin with Lil Buck; and she has teamed with the master clown-actor Bill Irwin in âTime It Was.â
Sheâll be busy this year in Vail. Among much else, sheâll dance a new work by the tap choreographer Michelle Dorrance and two items by Balanchine, the âTchaikovsky Pas de Deux,â with Mr. Cirio, and the coloratura show piece âDivertimento Brillante,â with Joseph Gordon (City Ballet).
It was in the âTchaikovsky Pas de Deuxâ at the Guggenheim Museum in 2009 that Ms. Peck first revealed her hummingbird-like ability to pause (as if hovering) in midsequence, braking the flow without jarring, commanding time as lesser mortals know not how. This pas de deux, familiar around the world for decades, has had no finer…