New York City Ballet soloist Adam Hendrickson makes his farewell appearance with the Company at Saratoga this week, dancing Mercutio in ROMEO & JULIET. Adam joned NYCB in 1998 and was promoted to the rank of soloist in 2005. An outstanding interpreter of Puck in Balanchine's MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Adam's repertoire included SYMPHONY IN THREE MOVEMENTS, STARS & STRIPES. WESTERN SYMPHONY, DANCES AT A GATHERING, RUSSIAN SEASONS and the Jester in Peter Martins' SWAN LAKE. In recent seasons he made a vivid impression in the dramatic role of Drosselmeyer in NUTCRACKER. He also appears in the film of Jerome Robbins' NY EXPORT:OPUS JAZZ.
As with so many dancers, there were dozens of ballets and roles that I think we should have seen Adam in. What would his Prodigal Son have been like? RUBIES? Franz in COPPELIA? The prince in FIREBIRD? Robbins' Dreamer? So many tantalizing possibilities.
In 2008, Adam choreographed FLIT OF FURY/THE MONARCH (above) for New York City Ballet's Dancers' Choice programme and has since created works for Prokofiev Rediscovered (at Yale and at NY's Zankel Hall, 2010), the New Choreographic Voices programme (2010) and Columbia Ballet Collaborative (2010 and 2011). I'm hoping he'll continue to choreograph, and also to teach. He gives a great class.
Photo of Adam from the OPUS JAZZ website.