Acclaimed New York City Ballet choreographer Troy Schumacher brings artists at the forefront of their genres together to collaborate as equals as they create new, ballet-based works. The result is a series of thrilling, inventive pieces certified “mint-fresh” and “seriously experimental” by The New York Times. BalletCollective provides audiences the rare chance to experience NYCB dancers up close in works tailor-made for them featuring live music performed by the ensemble Hotel Elefant.
This season, BalletCollective presents the world premieres of two works, both inspired by series of commissioned photographs by Paul Maffi and Dafy Hagai respectively, with commissioned scores by music director and resident composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone (San Fermin) and Mark Dancigers (NOW Ensemble). The new works will be performed alongside All That We See and Dear and Blackbirds, both of which premiered last fall at NYU Skirball, and will leave you thinking “I simply want to see these dances again” (The New York Times). BalletCollective will perform at NYU Skirball on November 4th and 5th at 7:30pm.
Artist’s Website: BalletCollective
Preview Article: When Is Ballet Like a Photograph? (TDF Stages) “When Troy Schumacher discusses his five-year-old ballet company, he rarely uses the word “I” to describe its direction or approach. Instead, he chooses “we” again and again, and that’s right on target for the aptly named BalletCollective” — Lauren Kay, October 27, 2015
Preview Article: Dance This Week (The New York Times) “From that recent Guggenheim event, a solo, again for Mr. Coll, stands out hauntingly: he twisted his weight to and fro while balanced on one leg, as if racked by internal forces. This solo will be part of a longer work in the BalletCollective season at Skirball on Wednesday and Thursday; I’m impatient to discover more.” — Alastair Macaulay, November 3, 2015
Preview Article: BalletCollective to Premiere Works by Troy Schumacher at NYU Skirball, 11/4-5 (BroadwayWorld) — Dance News Desk, September 17, 2015
Past Review: Leaping From Within, Narratives of a Young Ensemble. BalletCollective Performs at the Skirball Center (The New York Times) “The worlds created by BalletCollective are mint-fresh. They feel both attuned to life outside the performing arts and to the interior lives of the performers.” — October 30, 2014
Article: A Dancer’s Creative Evolution: Troy Schumacher Prepares His First Work for City Ballet (The New York Times) “A City Ballet member since 2005, Mr. Schumacher has danced a variety of roles, from Puck in Balanchine’s Midsummer Night’s Dream to one-half of the frisky male twosome in Mr. Ratmansky’s “Concerto DSCH.” — Marina Harss, September 19, 2014
Pre-Show Lobby Talk November 4 at 6:30pm
Composing for Dance
Join us before the show for a lobby talk given by music director and resident composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone (San Fermin).
Join us after the performance for a post-show discussion and Q&A with music director and resident composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone (San Fermin), Mark Dancigers (NOW Ensemble), and Director of BalletCollective, Troy Schumacher.