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NYCI SPRING 2017 SESSION IN REVIEW




 

The Institute's two-week spring session began on Monday, March 6, pairing three choreographers with three composers from the Juilliard School. The composers and choreographers worked in the months prior to the session to create original compositions. Participating dancers were from New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet.


NYCI & THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP  


In 2003, the New York Choreographic Institute formed a partnership with the Juilliard School. Together, the two organizations have paired over 30 composers from Juilliard with emerging Institute choreographers from around the world, creating new music for works in process. 
 
In the weeks leading up to the Institute session, composers sent pieces of the working compositions to their choreographers as part of the creative process. Eventually, a full draft of the score was sent to the choreographers prior to their arrival at the Institute. Choreographer Norbert De La Cruz explained, "A lot of the exchanges between us happened through our emails and texts." This gave choreographer and composer time to "play with ideas in the studio [so that we could] report back to each other with our individual thoughts and ideas [which were] crucial to the work." 
 
These collaborations provided a laboratory for conversation and experimentation, challenging artists to discuss their ideas and try new approaches based on the style and tendencies of their collaborators. Norbert stated that the process required them "to have mutual respect for each other's work, making sure that the choices and decisions that were made, for example the length, modifications, and abbreviations of the music or the dance, did not violate anyone's artistic integrity." 

 

Photo © Rosalie O'Connor

Lunar: Norbert De La Cruz partnered with Juilliard composer Nathan Prillaman.



Photo © Rosalie O'Connor

Interle[a]ve: Claudia Schreier partnered with Juilliard composer Will Stackpole.



Photo © Rosalie O'Connor

blind thought: Stuttgart Ballet dancer Fabio Adorisio partnered with Juilliard composer Nicky Sohn.


IN REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE


An informal showing in NYCB's studios with an invited audience concluded the 2017 Spring Session on March 17. The choreographers and their casts gathered to show their works along with live music performed by students and recent graduates of the Juilliard School.
 
Nicky commented on her rewarding collaboration with Fabio: "He was always full of ideas, concepts, and inspirations for me to absorb and explore...  I was astounded by how quickly he was able to put together his ideas and my music into one, and how well they all [worked] together. I [also] appreciated how musical his choreography turned out to be. His choreography showed an enormous amount of consideration, support and attention towards my musical gestures and delivered my music in such a beautiful way."

Lunar



Interle[a]ve



blind thought


NYCI Rehearsal and Performance Images © Rosalie O'Connor

 

UPCOMING FALL 2017 SESSION


The NYCI 2017 Fall Session will take place from October 23 - November 3 with three returning choreographers. 


Photo © Rosalie O'Connor

Fall 2014 Session Alum 
Semperoper Ballett

 

Photo © Rosalie O'Connor

Spring 2015 Session Alum 
New York City Ballet 


Photo © Rosalie O'Connor

Fall 2015 Session Alum 
Freelance choreographer based in London, UK

 

COMMISSION INITIATIVE 2017-18 RECIPIENTS


Commission Initiative Grants for 2017-18 were awarded to Boston Ballet and choreographer Paulo Arrais, Nashville Ballet and choreographer Christopher Stuart, and Richmond Ballet and NYCI alum Nicole Haskins.


Photo courtesy of Boston Ballet Photo courtesy of Nashville Ballet Photo © Keith Sutter


NYCI FALL 2016 SESSION IN REVIEW

 
The Institute's two-week Fall Session began on Monday, October 17, 2016, pairing three choreographers with six designers from the NYU Department of Design for Stage and Film. The collaboration gave the choreographers the experience of working with lighting and costume designers to envision what their piece might look like if production elements were realized. All participating dancers were advanced students from the School of American Ballet.




NYCI/NYU Partnership


The Fall 2016 Session focused on the choreographers' partnerships with their lighting and costume designers to create concepts and renderings of designs, which were presented at the showings. The designers were part of the rehearsal process from day one, attending all rehearsals and meeting with the choreographers after each rehearsal to work on ideas. The value of these unique partnerships is captured by choreographer Eric Trope, "The collaboration with Nina and Cecilia was extremely rewarding for me. Having them sit in on every rehearsal was very valuable. I loved hearing not only their ideas for lighting and costumes, but also their insights into the piece and  their thoughts on the day's work.  They were instrumental in helping me create this piece and I learned so much from their input and experience." 
 
Additionally, the choreographers and designers attended a light lab at NYU, which covered the elements of lighting design and how the choreographer and lighting designer relationship works. In a second lighting workshop, they experimented with stage lighting's effect on different colors and types of fabric, chosen and brought in by the designers. Each team was also able to see the dancers perform excerpts from their respective choreography under the lighting they had conceptualized that first week.
 
The costume designers were able to bring to life their designs by working with NYCB's costume shop. Director of Costumes, Marc Happel, met with them to discuss their ideas and sketches and created half mock-ups of one design.

 

Photo © Kyle Froman

Hexapoda: Gianna Reisen, a student at the School of American Ballet, worked with NYU lighting designer Barbara Samuels and NYU costume designer Jessica Posteraro.



Photo © Kyle Froman

Holding Pattern: Price Suddarth, a dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet, partnered with NYU costume designer Andy Jean and NYU lighting designer Jennifer Reiser.


Photo © Kyle Froman

A Little Early and with Feeling: Eric Trope, a dancer with Miami City Ballet, partnered with NYU costume designer Nina Vartanian and NYU lighting designer Cecilia Durbin.
 

During the session, the choreographers and designers attended performances and exhibitions throughout New York City, providing inspiration for their work, and exposure to multidisciplinary art forms. "All of these experiences gave us more immediate art in common to discuss and compare with each other as artists which was incredibly useful" (Cecilia Durbin, lighting designer).
 
These events included a New York City Ballet performance featuring a program of new choreography; American Ballet Theatre’s performance of Alexei Ratmansky’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium; Mikhail Baryshnikov's one-man show, Letter to a Man, directed by Robert Wilson at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; and a BalletCollective performance at the Skirball Center. They also had a guided tour of the Kerry James Marshall: Mastry exhibition at The Met Breuer.
 

IN REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE

 
An informal showing in NYCB's studios for an invited audience concluded the 2016 Fall Session on October 28. The choreographers and their casts gathered to show their works along with presentations of the designers' and choreographers' concepts. Gianna used the music Hexapoda by Robert Russell Bennett. Price used Kevin Keller’s Riding the Purple Twilight. Eric used Johannes Brahms’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108.: “un poco presto e con sentimento" and the “adagio” section.
 

Hexapoda


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Holding Pattern


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A Little Early and with Feeling


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NYCI Rehearsal Images © Rosalie O'Connor

NYCI Performance Images © Kyle Froman


UPCOMING SPRING 2017 SESSION


The NYCI 2017 Spring Session will take place from March 6-17 with three choreographers new to the Institute: Fabio Adorisio from Stuttgart Ballet and freelance choreographers Norbert de la Cruz and Claudia Schreier. As in each Spring Session, the choreographers have been working with graduates from the Juilliard School in composition to create original scores. The composers are Nicky Sohn, Nathan Prillaman, and Will Stackpole.

Photo © Roman Novitzky

Fabio Adorisio
Choreographer
 

 

Nicky Sohn 
Composer
 

Photo © Jeremy Jackson

Norbert de la Cruz
Choreographer
 

Photo © Johnny Sandaire

Nathan Prillaman
Composer

 

 

Claudia Schreier
Choreographer
 

Photo © Dennis Christians

Will Stackpole
Composer



 

NYCI SPRING 2016 SESSION IN REVIEW




 

The Institute's two-week spring session began on Monday, February 29, pairing three choreographers with three composers from the Juilliard School. The composers and choreographers worked in the months prior to the session to create original compositions. All participating dancers were advanced students from the School of American Ballet.


Photo © Rosalie O'Connor

Light Compass: Dana Genshaft, former San Francisco Ballet soloist, partnered with Juilliard composer Trevor Bumgarner.



Photo © Rosalie O'Connor

Imperfect Grace of Chaos: Geoffrey Gonzalez, resident choreographer of City Ballet of San Diego, partnered with Juilliard composer Louis Cruz



Photo © Rosalie O'Connor

Echo Syncopations: Smuin Ballet dancer Rex Wheeler worked with Juilliard composer and NYCI alum (Spring 2013 Session) Jared Miller.


NYCI AND THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP


In 2003, the New York Choreographic Institute formed a partnership with the Juilliard School. Together, the two organizations have paired 29 composers from Juilliard with emerging choreographers from around the world, creating new music for works in process. Juilliard graduate music professor Pia Gilbert initiated this partnership stating, “It’s important to me that music and dance be treated as sister arts, not one accompanying the other.” NYCI values innovation and the nurturing of new artistic voices, a mission that not only encompasses the field of dance, but also the integral field of music. The opportunity to work with a composer on the development of a new score, specifically created for their work, allows choreographers greater artistic control in the evolution of their piece. According to Professor Gilbert, “The process should be as stimulating, as interesting, and as valuable as the final product.” It is this process of creative partnership that the Institute and Juilliard seek to cultivate, providing the space and time to create and collaborate, culminating in an informal showing for an invited audience.

Currently, composer and Juilliard professor Daniel Ott selects the composers that work with the chosen choreographers for the spring sessions. The selected choreographers and composers share work samples with each other and meet in person, online, or by phone to elaborate on their ideas and styles. Through these conversations partnerships naturally establish and the creative process begins. Composers send pieces of the working compositions to their choreographer in the weeks leading to the Institute session, and eventually a full draft of the score is sent prior to the choreographers’ arrival at the Institute.  These collaborations provide a laboratory for conversation and experimentation, challenging artists to discuss their ideas and try new approaches based on the style and tendencies of their collaborators.


IN REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE


An informal showing in NYCB's studios for an invited audience concluded the 2016 Spring Session on March 11. The choreographers and their casts gathered to show their works along with live music performed by students and recent graduates of the Juilliard School. According to Peter Martins, bringing composers and choreographers together helps “foster a relationship and a mutual respect for their work.” Mr. Martins believes this collaboration “can only help both art forms.” The New York Choreographic Institute and the Juilliard School aim to continue this partnership to develop artists with an understanding of collaboration and its role in inspiring experimentation and innovation.

Light Compass



Imperfect Grace of Chaos



Echo Syncopations


NYCI Rehearsal and Performance Images © Rosalie O'Connor

 

UPCOMING FALL 2016 SESSION


The NYCI 2016 Fall Session will take place from October 17-28 with three choreographers new to the Institute.

Photo © Kenneth B. Edwards

Gianna Reisen
School of American Ballet

Photo © Lindsay Thomas

Price Suddarth
Pacific Northwest Ballet

Photo © Daniel Azoulay

Eric Trope
Miami City Ballet



COMMISSION INITIATIVE 2016-17 RECIPIENTS


A Commission Initiative Grant for 2016-17 was awarded to Grand Rapids Ballet and choreographer Penny Saunders as well as Joffrey Ballet and NYCI alum Nicolas Blanc.

Photo courtesy of Grand Rapids Ballet Photo © Cheryl Mann


NYCI FALL 2015 SESSION IN REVIEW




 

The Institute's two-week fall session began on Monday, October 26, pairing three choreographers and five designers from the NYU Department of Design for Stage and Film. The collaboration gave the choreographers the experience of working with lighting and costume designers to envision what their piece might look like if production elements were realized. All participating dancers were from New York City Ballet and advanced students from the School of American Ballet.


Photo © Rosalie O'Connor

Mothership: Nicolas Blanc, a ballet master from the Joffrey Ballet, partnered with NYU lighting designer Xavier Pierce and NYU costume designer Christopher Metzger.



Photo © Rosalie O'Connor

Asyla: Andrew McNicol, a freelance choreographer based in London, partnered with NYU lighting designer Leslie Smith and NYU costume designer Isabelle Fields.


Photo © Rosalie O'Connor

Arrivals: Norwegian National Ballet dancer Garrett Smith worked with NYU lighting designer Christina Watanabe

 

During the session, the choreographers and designers were invited to attend performances and exhibitions, offering them inspiration for their work and exposure to what was happening in New York City. These events included performances by American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Memphis, and BalletCollective; and a works and process performance at the Guggenheim with Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto. They also had a guided tour of the Kongo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

NYCI/NYU PARTNERSHIP


A focal point of the Fall 2015 Session, each choreographer worked with a lighting and costume designer to create concepts and renderings of designs, which were presented at the showings. The designers attended all rehearsals and met with the choreographers after rehearsals to work on ideas. Additionally, the choreographers and designers attended a light lab at NYU, which covered the elements of lighting design and how the choreographer and lighting designer relationship works. They also attended a second lighting workshop which provided the opportunity for the choreographers and designers to experiment with pieces of fabric, chosen and brought in by the designers, which they were able to look at under light.

IN REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE


An informal showing in NYCB's studios for an invited audience concluded the 2015 Fall Session on November 6. The choreographers and their casts gathered to show their works along with presentations of the designers' and choreographers' concepts. Nicolas used the music Mothership by Mason Bates. Garrett used two pieces of music, Kevin Volans's White Man Sleeps played by Kronos Quartet and Philip Glass's String Quartet No. 3 "Mishima" played by Brooklyn Rider. Andrew used Thomas Ad├Ęs's Asyla

Mothership


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Asyla


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Arrivals


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NYCI Rehearsal and Performance Images © Rosalie O'Connor
 

FELLOWSHIP INITIATIVE


A Fellowship Initiative Grant for 2015-16 was awarded to Minnesota Ballet and the choreographers below and Nashville Ballet and the choreographer below. 

Photo courtesy of Minnesota Ballet

LilaAnn Coates White 
Minnesota Ballet

Photo © Brett Groehler

Nikolaus Wourms
Minnesota Ballet

Photo courtesy of Nashville Ballet

Christopher Stuart
Nashville Ballet

UPCOMING SPRING 2016 SESSION


The NYCI 2016 Spring Session will take place from February 29 through March 11 with the three choreographers below, who have been working with Juilliard composers to create original compositions.

Photo © Erik Tomasson

Dana Genshaft
Former Soloist, San Francisco Ballet
Faculty Member, San Francisco
Ballet School

Photo © Nobel Lakaev

Trevor Bumgarner
Juilliard Composer

 

Photo © Nancy Hall

Geoffrey Gonzalez
Resident Choreographer, City Ballet
of San Diego


Louis Cruz
Juilliard Composer

Photo © Keith Sutter

Rex Wheeler
Dancer, Smuin Ballet

Photo © Eric Snoza

Jared Miller
Juilliard Composer