Dancers of Tulsa Ballet. Photo by Francisco Estevez courtesy The Joyce Theater.
From tours to premieres to full-length classics, this is an exciting week in ballet. We've rounded up programs by Tulsa Ballet, BalletNext, National Ballet of Canada, Pennsylvania Ballet, Charlotte Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet, as well as an evening of dance and music curated by Damian Woetzel and featuring some of ballet's biggest stars, to give you a sense of what's happening on ballet stages this week.
This Oklahoma-based company is heading east for a five-day run at The Joyce Theater in New York City, opening March 6. Their first time at the Joyce in 9 years, the company is bringing a world premiere by resident choreographer Ma Cong as well as works by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Helen Pickett. Check out a preview below.
From February 10–14, former American Ballet Theatre principal—and current BalletNext artistic director and founder—Michele Wiles will share the stage with Jay Donn, a street dance star specializing in the style of Flex and its sub-style, Punchlines. Their collaboration has resulted in Something Sampled, and is one of three pieces to be performed at BalletNext's spring season, Baroque'd, at New York Live Arts.
Both Flex and ballet utilize pantomime to communicate some of dance's narrative elements. The two styles meet over that shared storytelling motif, but the dance will expand to encompass stylistic differences, as well. Five BalletNext dancers will join Wiles and Donn onstage. The two also collaborated with electro-acoustic cellist composer Chris Lancaster, to create a score for the piece.
The program will also include Wiles' official choreographic debut, Ushuaia, and the premiere of Peter Quanz's Outswirl.