About Russell Janzen

New York, NY

Russell Janzen (CBA ’18) grew up outside of Philadelphia. He started dance lessons at the Rock School for Dance Education, and then later moved to New York City to attend the School of American Ballet. After graduating high school, he joined the New York City Ballet (NYCB) where he is now a principal dancer. His repertory with NYCB includes works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Justin Peck, Peter Martins, Christopher Wheeldon, and Benjamin Millepied, among others. He was a Riggio Honors student at the New School for Public Engagement and is interested in exploring art’s participation in larger contemporary conversations.

Stories of Schumann and Dancing (Both Real and Imagined)

At The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, Janzen will develop a multi-genre narrative focusing on the ballet Robert Schumann’s “Davidsbündlertänze” choreographed by George Balanchine in 1980. The work imagines Davidsbündlertänze is returning to the New York City Ballet’s repertoire next season. In preparing to dance the ballet again, Janzen delves deeper into the work, Schumann’s life, and what it means to take on another dancer’s repertoire. This exploration is paired with the fictional story of a friendship between two young queer men in the New York City dance world.