BalletNext Returns with 2018 Season at New York Live Arts
BalletNext is the acclaimed contemporary ballet company founded by former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Michele Wiles.
Artistic Director Michele Wiles Returns to the Stage and Creates Four New Works after Year-Long Hiatus.
Wiles and company have been on hiatus as she welcomed the birth of her first child in 2017. Through this period of self-exploration in both her personal and professional life, Wiles has returned with a renewed creative focus. The 2018 season features four new works choreographed by Wiles, along with her return to performing on stage.
Vibrer fuses classical ballet with the improvisational flow of jazz, and continues Wiles' partnership with Grammy nominated jazz trumpeter Tom Harrell who will perform live with Danny Grissett on piano.
Follin is a world premiere melding sign language with ballet. Co-choreographed and performed with deaf dancer Bailey Anne Vincent, Follin utilizes intricate hand movements of American Sign Language and will also feature a sign language interpreter on stage.
Experience is a duet exploring the possibilities of female partnering. A work that features the vigorous physicality of the female body.
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 Michele Wiles & BalletNext Story
Wiles founded BalletNext in 2011 with the vision to pair classically trained dancers with artists from diverse backgrounds and interpretations. Wiles was a Gold Medal winner at the 18th International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria and Erik Bruhn Prize winner in 2002. She joined American Ballet Theatre in 1997 and was promoted to principal dancer in 2006. Wiles has been choreographing new work with BalletNext since 2011 to critical acclaim.
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