Corps member, American Ballet Theatre
Zhiyao Zhang may have simultaneously confused
and delighted many in the audience for Swan Lake
at the Metropolitan Opera House last summer.
With a line so aristocratic and a presence of such
authority that he could have been mistaken for
Prince Siegfried, the American Ballet Theatre corps
member excelled as Benno, the prince’s friend.
Every airy leap possessed enough thrust to land
him yards from where it started, and although he
had power to spare, he always displayed a seemingly unforced assurance whether in mime or
His dream roles demonstrate a healthy aversion
to typecasting. He says the rogue Birbanto in;Le
Corsaire;intrigues him because the character can be
played as a clown, a villain or a villainous clown.
Zhang should triumph in each interpretation—
possibly in the same performance. —Harris Green
At 25, Marc Crousillat has already performed for a
who’s who of downtown choreographers, including Netta Yerushalmy and John Jasperse, and the
Trisha Brown Dance Company. In Yerushalmy’s
dances he oozes character and endearing disjointedness, while in Brown’s he can coolly demonstrate
clean geometries or heat up with wild abandon.
The 2016 Princess Grace Fellowship recipient
credits his appetite for “disrupting” his body’s
knowledge and habits to the range in his training at
Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. He looks at
other art forms—cinema, literature—to ;nd more
dimensionality in his dancing. Finding time to
make his own work’s been hard, but he’ll be going
in that direction, too, showing a project at Brooklyn’s Roulette next month. —Lisa Kraus
Crousillat in Brown’s
Set and Reset
Zhang as Benno in