Where are you from and what originally brought you to New York?
I grew up in Northern California and moved to New York in September 2001 to attend the School of American Ballet. The following year I accepted an apprenticeship at The New York City Ballet and have worked there since. Pontus was born and raised in Stockholm. He moved here incrementally between 2008 and January 2011 when we bought this apartment.
How did you and Pontus meet?
We met working together in the context of a Choreographic Workshop at the Vail International Dance Festival during the Summer of 2008. Pontus was commissioned by Morphoses (the dance company founded by Christopher Wheeldon) with whom I was dancing at the time. He cast me in his work. It was all very professional at the outset, but there was a undeniable connection beyond the work.
What kind of projects are you each working on right now?
We are right now collaboratively preparing for a six-city tour in Sweden of a new work of Pontus' titled Within (Labyrinth Within). It is a diptych evening of dance and film, which includes Pontus' most recent film Labyrinth Within starring Wendy Whelan. We premiered the work in June at the Jacob's Pillow dance festival. It will have its New York premiere, followed by a weeklong run, at the Joyce Theater November 7-11. Between the Swedish tour and the Joyce season I will be in Cuba performing at the International Ballet Festival in Havana. I am in rehearsals now for these performances where I will debut in George Balanchine's Apollo. Meanwhile, I am currently performing in the New York City Ballet's Stravinsky/Balanchine Season at Lincoln Center. It is a very busy and very fulfilling period of work.
At Home with Adrian and Pontus
Are there any performances this fall that you're excited about seeing (or being in?)
We wish we were here to see Pina Bauch's final work “… como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si…” presented at BAM, but unfortunately we will be out of the country. Her work has been so consistently inspiring. She really unearthed and honed the potential power of dance-as-theater, mining the depths of human experience, and generating an immediately recognizable and intimately familiar aesthetic.
If you could take one Brooklyn neighborhood, lift it out of New York and plant it in some other city, which hood would you take and where would you put it?
Fort Greene is definitely our great Brooklyn love, but so much of the neighborhood's appeal lies in the interplay between the inherent qualities of this hood and its proximity to both brownstone Brooklyn and the city. It has, for us, the perfect marriage between quality of life and urban convenience. But, if we were to transplant Fort Greene to another city, it would maybe be Hanoi. There is some magic that city holds over both of us, an alluring otherness. Maybe this mythical Fort Greene, Hanoi would be a quiet island of orderly right-angles in a beautifully chaotic sea of urbanity...