BalletNext led by internationally renowned dancer Michele Wiles, will present a highly anticipated season at New York Live Arts, January 14 – 18, featuring three works by acclaimed choreographer and former American Ballet Theatre (ABT) dancer, Brian Reeder. Building on their long-running relationship which began in 2000 while dancing at ABT, Wiles and Reeder have collaborated on a diverse program that includes two premieres, Surmisable Units and Different Homes, as well as Picnic which was created for BalletNext in 2012. Live music will accompany the dancers by the BalletNext Ensemble led by noted Israeli cellist Elad Kabilio and featuring Julliard pianist, Ben Laude.
The distinct and original program features the world premiere of Surmisable Units, in which the dancers’ technically inventive movements are performed to Steve Reich’s minimalist piece for two pianos, Piano Phase. The program also includes the New York premiere of Different Homes, a pas de deux which never allows the dancers to touch hands, set to music by Benjamin Britten, and Picnic, a “vividly, stylishly composed” ballet (The New York Times) inspired by the 1975 film Picnic at Hanging Rock, set to music by Dmitri Shostakovitch.
In addition to Wiles, dancers slated to perform include: Jens Weber, former Ballet Nacional de Monte Carlo principal; Kaitlyn Gilliland, former New York City Ballet dancer; Steven Melendez, New York Theatre Ballet principal; Sarah Atkins, former Morphoses dancer; Tiffany Mangulabnan, BalletNext dancer; and Brittany Cioce, BalletNext apprentice.
Schedule and Tickets
BalletNext will perform from Tuesday, January 14 through Friday, January 17 at 7:30pm, and Saturday, January 18 at 2pm and 7:30pm.
Tickets are $30 and $15 (students and seniors $24) and are available online at NewYorkLiveArts.org, over the phone at 212.924.0077, and in person at the box office. Box office hours are Monday – Friday from 1pm-9pm and Saturday – Sunday from 1pm – 8pm. New York Live Arts is located at 219 West 19th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.
A special Benefit Performance will be held on Wednesday, January 15. The event includes a post-performance reception with the artists on stage at New York Live Arts. Tickets are $150 and $75. For information and benefit tickets, please visit BalletNext.com or call 212-203-0409.
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Under the artistic direction of Michele Wiles, BalletNext is carving a unique role in the dance world by bringing leading dancers, choreographers and musicians together in a collaborative environment that encourages risk taking, process, and a commitment to excellence. Exploring the breadth and diversity of classical ballet through innovative programming, BalletNext draws from a diverse pool of world-class performers to showcase enduring classics as well as commissioned creations from contemporary choreographers all set to live music.
About Michele Wiles
Michele Wiles is Founder and Artistic Director of Ballet Next, a position she has held since 2011. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Wiles received her early training in Washington, D.C. At the age of ten, she received a full scholarship to the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. where she studied from 1991–1997. Wiles also participated in the summer programs at The Joffrey Ballet and The Royal Ballet before joining American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company (now ABT II) in 1997. In 1996, Wiles was a Gold Medal winner at the 18th International Ballet Competition in Varna, a Bronze Medal winner in Nagoya, Japan and a finalist at the Paris International Dance Competition. She was a Princess Grace Foundation – U.S.A. Dance Fellowship recipient for 1999–2000 and won the Erik Bruhn Prize in 2002. Wiles joined American Ballet Theatre in 1998. She was promoted to Soloist in 2000, and was a Principal Dancer from 2005–2011.
About Brian Reeder
Born in Sunbury, PA, USA, Brian Reeder began his dance training with Marcia Dale Weary at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. He had the privilege of a dance career that saw him mainly at New York City Ballet (1986–1990), William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt (1990–1993) and American Ballet Theatre (1994–2003). As a choreographer, beginning in 2002, he has created or re-staged his ballets on American Ballet Theatre, ABT Studio Co., Washington Ballet, Washington Ballet Studio Co., Pacific Northwest Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Ballet Grandiva and Ballet Next, as well as other regional and civic dance companies across the nation. His work has been produced three times for the “Works and Process” series at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC and he also has created two full-length versions of “The Nutcracker” for Ballet Pacifica and the Black Hills Dance Theatre. Brian has been the proud recipient of several grants and fellowships, including The New York Choreographic Fellowship, The Jerome Robbins Foundation for New Works and The Boomerang Foundation.
About New York Live Arts
New York Live Arts is an internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry offering audiences access to art and artists notable for their conceptual rigor, formal experimentation and active engagement with the social, political and cultural currents of our times. At the center of this identity is Bill T. Jones, Executive Artistic Director, a world-renowned choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer.
New York Live Arts commission, produce and present performances in their 20,000 square foot home, which includes a 184-seat theater and two 1,200 square foot studios that can be combined into one large studio. New York Live Arts serves as home base for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, provides an extensive range of participatory programs for adults and young people and supports the continuing professional development of artists. Our influence extends beyond NYC through our international cultural exchange program that currently places artists in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.