Ballet Next is seeking funds to help power original ballet choreography by leading artists and support the careers of up and coming dancers, choreographers and musicians www.balletnext.com.
Your help is critical in supporting innovative new work and providing these talented dancers, musicians and choreographers with a strong, innovative environment in which to practice their craft. Project funds will be used to create all new works and refine Ballet Next original works to be performed around the world, beginning with Ballet Next's Fall Season at the legendary Joyce Theater this October in New York City http://www.joyce.org/calendar_joyce.php.
A sampling of Ballet Next original choreography includes:
"Entwined" by Margo Sappington, music by Satie. Dancers pictured below are Jennie Somogyi and Charles Askegard.
"La Follia" by Mauro Bigonzetti, music by Vivaldi. Dancers pictured are Michele Wiles and Drew Jacoby.
Any funds we receive in excess of this project's goal may be used to further refine and to promote these and other works similarly deemed appropriate and of significant potential by Ballet Next principals and/or directors.
Company Profile and Purpose
Ballet Next is an independent dance company firmly rooted in classical ballet. Ballet Next is distinguishing its position in the dance world by bringing best-in-class dancers, choreographers and musicians together in an innovative environment that encourages risk taking, interactivity with audiences and unique programming. Co-founders and co-Artistic Directors Michele Wiles and Charles Askegard, former Principal Dancers with American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet,have dedicated their lives to dance art. Ballet next is exploring ways to give audiences a more intimate relationship to the artistic and creative process.
The company's vision and direction are shaped by its founders and co-Artistic Directors Michele Wiles and Charles Askegard pictured above.
Performances and the Press
Just entering its second year, Ballet Next has already produced a sold-out inaugural performance at The Joyce Theater (New York) and a series of choreographic exhibitions introducing new works.
Ballet Next has generated considerable attention from its innovative approach in...
- Wall Street Journal
- New York Times
- Huffington Post (Culture)
- Time Out New York
- Dance Magazine e-news
- Business Week
Dancers, Choreographers and Musicians
The Artistic Directors at Ballet Next call upon both the top classical ballet dancers from around the world and up and coming artists to work directly with leading musicians and choreographers. Leading dancers who have joined the Ballet Next family include Kristi Boone, Misty Copeland and Jared Matthews of American Ballet Theatre, Drew Jacoby of Jacoby and Pronk, Maria Kochetkova of San Francisco Ballet, Georgina Pazcoguin, Ana Sophia Scheller, Jenny Somogyi, and Joaquín de Luz of New York City Ballet.
Leading choreographers from around the world collaborate with Ballet Next including Mauro Bigonzetti, Brian Reeder, Margo Sappington and Robert Sher-Machherndl.
The entire Ballet Next repertoire is set to live music by the Ballet Next ensemble led by Music Director and internationally acclaimed cellist Elad Kabilio.
The Company has filed for 501(c)(3) non-profit status, and meanwhile employs a formal fiscal-sponsorship arrangement.
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