American Ballet Theatre will showcase the works of five choreographers with the Innovation Initiative, a one-night-only performance featuring works in process choreographed by members of ABT and outside creators, performed by ABT dancers. The performance is the culmination of a two-week choreographic workshop spearheaded by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie and ABT Principal Dancer David Hallberg. Choreographers selected for this year’s Innovation Initiative include ABT corps de ballet members Gemma Bond, Claire Davison and Daniel Mantei. For the first time since the program was established in 2010, ABT’s Innovation Initiative has invited two outside choreographers to participate. Choreographers Jillian Peña, a dance and video artist, and Pam Tanowitz, of Pam Tanowitz Dance, join ABT company members in the exploration of new ideas and movement. This performance is presented on the Columbia campus as part of a new partnership between the Arts Initiative at Columbia University and American Ballet Theatre.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, November 3 at noon. Columbia students may purchase tickets during a special pre-sale beginning on Monday, October 27 at noon. CU student tickets are $7 and are available online or at the Miller Theatre box office; valid ID is required at ticket pick-up. The Innovation Initiative is generously underwritten by Dr. Joan Taub Ades and Irene and Fred Shen.