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Dance: Works & Process Performance. BalletCollective

fresh, unaffected, contemporary” – The New York Times

Enjoy new choreographies by BalletCollective, a non-profit arts collective based in New York, fruit of a collaborative process involving dancers, choreographers, and composers, presented by Works & Process at the Guggenheim.

Works & Process has been possible thanks to the Ford Foundation through the Institute of International Education’s Global Travel and Learning Fund (GTLF).

Choreographed by Troy Schumacher
Commissioned scores by Julianna Barwick, Ellis Ludwig-Leone, and Mark Dancigers
Conceptual artistic collaborations with science fiction writer Ken Liu, poet Cynthia Zarin, and photographers Dafy Hagai and Paul Maffi
Performed by members of New York City Ballet

“The collaborative process is everything to us.  It pushes us to consider different artistic methods, to bend and stretch our notions of traditional ballet and the world around us,” said BalletCollective founder Troy Schumacher. “For this program, I assembled a group of my favorite BalletCollective works that deal with various perspectives of human connection.  Vastly different yet equally poignant, the works inspired new combinations of movement and musical in way that we hope expands the language of ballet and resonates with a wide audience.”

About Troy Schumacher, BalletCollective Founder

Troy Schumacher is an American choreographer and dancer, a soloist at New York City Ballet, and the founder of BalletCollective. Over the past few years, Schumacher’s work has been presented by New York City Ballet, Performa, Danspace Project, the Guggenheim’s Works in Progress, the Joyce Theater, New York Choreographic Institute, and NYU Skirball Center. He has also collaborated with numerous artists and brands, including artists Jeff Koons and David Salle; architect James Ramsey; composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone; tech giants HP, Google, and Sony; fashion brands Thom Browne, Thakoon, Marques’Almeida and Tom Ford, among others. Schumacher began dancing with New York City Ballet in 2005. He studied with Atlanta Ballet, Chautauqua School of Dance and the School of American Ballet. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Schumacher lives in Manhattan with his wife, Ashley Laracey, who is also a soloist with New York City Ballet.

About BalletCollective

BalletCollective connects artists, composers, and choreographers to create new ballet-based works.  Through a unique consideration of process, the Collective produces collaborative works that expand the boundaries of artistic disciplines and resonate with a wide audience. Founded in 2010 by choreographer Troy Schumacher, BalletCollective has collaborated with over 50 artistic partners and produced ten new works.

Each BalletCollective project begins with a group of artists from various disciplines exploring a concept or idea.  This idea is expressed in the creation of a work by one artist or designer, which is considered the overall project’s “source art.” The choreographer and musician then work together to create a ballet and musical score that interprets, explores, or responds to this source art. The final work is performed live. With each new collective of artists, there are new ideas, new challenges, new experiments, and, ultimately, new forms of artistic expression.

Venue: Auditorium

Time: 7 pm

Tickets: €6 Members, €10 general public. Tickets available at the Admission desk or the Museum website.

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