ABT Studio Company presents Spring Moves, two evenings of World and New York City Premieres at NYU Skirball, Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 P.M. ET. Featuring 12 pre-professional dancers, Spring Moves also showcases performances of repertory works by George Balanchine, Mikhail Fokine, Victor Gsovsky, Twyla Tharp, and Rostislav Zakharov.
ABT Studio Company, led by Artistic Director Sascha Radetsky, is a classical ensemble of dancers of outstanding potential aged 17–21. Its central mission is to prepare its dancers for careers in American Ballet Theatre’s main Company or other leading companies worldwide, serving as a crucial vehicle for transitioning from student to professional performer.
Approximately 80% of current American Ballet Theatre dancers are alumni of ABT Studio Company, including 12 Principal Dancers and seven Soloists. Each season, ABT Studio Company commissions new work by emerging and established choreographers and engages the broadest possible ballet audience by performing varied repertory in a range of venues around the globe.
“The Spring Moves program reflects ABT’s eclectic canon of ballets, our dancers’ range, and the Company’s commitment to giving voice to a broad spectrum of artists,” said Radetsky. “Our repertory includes classical and neo-classical selections as well as seven newly commissioned works, ranging from a poetic journey through a jazz legend’s piano meditations, a dreamy modern solo set to a Botswanan pop song, to a spirited exploration of the rights and freedoms of America’s youth.” The 2021-2022 season has seen the return to in-person performances with appearances by ABT Studio Company in 11 cities around the United States and will conclude with performances in The Royal Opera House’s Next Generation Festival in London on June 9–10, 2022.
ABT Studio Company dancers performing in Spring Moves include Elisabeth Beyer, Tristan Brosnan, Madison Brown, Finnian Carmeci, Kyra Coco, Afonso Coelho, Tillie Glatz, Yuma Matsuura, Jake Roxander, Alejandro Valera Outlaw, Aleisha Walker, and ABT apprentice and ABT Studio Company alumna Kotomi Yamada.
Highlighting the performances of Spring Moves will be the World Premiere of Emily Kikta’s Notes and Letters on Friday evening, May 20. Set to String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters,” IV. Allegro-Andante-Adagio by Leoš Janáček, Notes and Letters, a ballet for four dancers with costumes styled by Kikta, is the choreographer’s second work for ABT Studio Company.
Spring Moves at NYU Skirball will feature the following New York City Premieres:
For What Is It All Worth? by Hope Boykin, with music by Stephen Stills and costumes styled by Boykin.
Late Registration by Rena Butler, set to an original composition by Darryl Hoffman, with costumes styled by Butler.
Beyond Belief by Sung Woo Han, set to Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Children’s Songs Dance, choreographed by Jessica Lang to music by the late American jazz composer Chick Corea, and costumes styled by Isabella Boylston.
Lora by Yannick Lebrun, set to music by Mpho Sebina, with costume design by Jermaine Terry.
Scurry Night by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, set to Dzovarev by Ara Malikian and Ciocårlia recorded by Patricia Kopatchinskaja, with costumes by Mark Eric.
Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes Pas de Deux, Fokine’s The Dying Swan, Gsovsky’s Grand Pas Classique, Tharp’s Known By Heart Duet, and Zakharov’s Gopak Variation will complete ABT Studio Company’s Spring Moves performances.
Lighting for Spring Moves will be coordinated by ABT Studio Company Production Manager Luke Woods.
Tickets starting at $39 are available at NYU Skirball box office and the following link: