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Questions for Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief of New York City Ballet

Peter Martins, New York City Ballet's ballet master in chief, spoke recently with Leonard Lopate about the company's new season and its Architecture of Dance festival, which ends Sunday, June 27.

Under Martins' leadership, the NYCB this season presented seven new ballets, and four newly commissioned musical scores, and a customed-designed stage by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. He talks about leaving the Royal Danish Ballet, where he was a principal dancer, to come to America — all because of West Side Story.

In the video below, Martins talks about his interests off the stage for a behind-the-scenes moment at the WNYC studios.


He explains why "this is [his] moment" and tells us what he'd do with his last day on earth.