BalletNext to present two World Premieres at Kaatsbaan


Kaatsbaan is pleased to welcome back BalletNext on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.  Founded in 2011 by Artistic Director Michele Wiles (former Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre from 2005-2011), the young, innovative company has made a stellar name for itself in the world of contemporary ballet.

The evening’s program will offer audiences two world premieres as well as a look at two of the company’s repertory works. In much of Ms. Wiles’ work musicians and dancers work as equal partners in the creative process.  Vibrer fuses classical ballet with the improvisational flow of jazz and continues Wiles’ partnership with Grammy nominated jazz trumpeter Tom Harrell. In Vibrer, the movements in the music are inspired by several distinctive jazz genres, which propel the dancers through space to reflect on time and personal history.  The Pianist, set to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto in D minor places five female dancers in a playful comedy suggestive of a modernized version of Edgar Degas’ masterpieces depicting ballerinas.  The work features a piano center stage played by company pianist, Elliot Figg.  It is a flirtatious and charming piece with a surprising end.

A new duet (as yet untitled) will be premiered by Michele Willes and Lillian Dipiazza, principal ballerina with the Pennsylvania Ballet.  Set to an original composition, Journey to the Stars by Tom Harrell, the work challenges the ballet structure of a duet and fuses improvised movement inspired by jazz music.  The second premiere, set to Haydn’s last piano sonata parallels the dancers’ physical prowess with the evolutionary genius of pigeons.  Elliot Figg, pianist/composer and an active member of several New York based early music and contemporary ensembles, will perform at Saturday’s concert.

For reservations call 845-757-5106 x10 or on-line at  Tickets:  Adults – $30, Student Rush/Children – $10

Kaatsbaan is a nonprofit, professional creative residence and performance facility situated on a 153-acre historic site in Tivoli, NY.  Founded in 1990, it provides dance companies, choreographers, composers, set designers and all dance artists with a setting where they can create and showcase new work, rehearse, perform and develop new productions.  It serves dance communities across the US and around the world.

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