Spring 2017 Session




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.



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." 


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

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

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



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."





blind thought


NYCI Rehearsal and Performance Images © Rosalie O'Connor



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

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Fall 2014 Session Alum 
Semperoper Ballett


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Spring 2015 Session Alum 
New York City Ballet 

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Fall 2015 Session Alum 
Freelance choreographer based in London, UK



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