Following last summer’s successful Telluride residency, BalletCollective, a talented group of
dancers from the New York City Ballet under the direction of Troy Schumacher, will be returning to Telluride for another week of rehearsals, master classes, open showcases, a community art event and a meet and greet. The week’s activities will culminate in a public performance on Saturday, August 19 at 7:00 pm.
BalletCollective, founded by Schumacher in 2010, brings together artists, poets, composers,
choreographers, and designers to collaborate as equals through the creation of distinctive works of art. The company’s work is intimate and reflective yet accessible, featuring a highly
accomplished group of dancers in works that are made for them.
During the week-long residency, BalletCollective will once again develop new works which are based on collaborations among several art forms. In 2014, poetry informed the original musical compositions and choreography. In 2015, the starting point was photography. And last year, an architect’s renderings, and a signature play by basketball legend Allen Iverson, inspired two unique pieces. For 2017, BalletCollective has taken stock of where they are, what inspires them, and where they are challenged to explore. They have noticed the profusion of translation that is increasingly parsed in daily communications in person, via text, and across various platforms and ideologies; new languages are developing within languages and meanings are constantly evolving. What does this all mean for the art of dance; what doors do these concepts open for artistic exploration?
To help answer these questions, Mr. Schumacher has curated an exciting group of artists, with commissioned source art from speculative fiction writer Ken Liu and data collection artist and geographer Trevor Paglen, scores from indie darling Julianna Barwick and classical composer Caleb Burhans, and a site specific digital installation from Chilean artist Sergio Mora-Diaz.
This year also marks BalletCollective’s first choreographic commission outside of their core
team. Gabrielle Lamb's unique, intelligent choreographic voice will be a part of the repertoire this summer with the work premiering this fall at the Skirball Center.
A full schedule of the residency’s events can be found at www.telluridepalm.com, and reserved seating tickets for the public performance, $38 for adults and $22 for students and children, can be purchased online or by calling 970.369.5669.