Praised in The New York Times as “New York’s pre-eminent ballerina,” Mearns is seen here in a specially-produced program entitled Sara Mearns: Beyond Ballet. The program included works by Martha Graham, Liz Gerring, Christopher Williams, and Jodi Melnick, while Mearns has danced works by Justin Peck and Isadora Duncan in other Pillow appearances. She has been a principal dancer since 2008 at New York City Ballet, a company she initially joined as an apprentice in 2003. No. 1 grew out of a Pillow Lab residency allowing Mearns to experiment with Company Wang Ramirez, and it was first presented as part of the Pillow’s 2017 Gala.