The three world premieres for Act I are the choreographers’ first works for ABT Studio Company.
New York City Ballet dancers Emily Kikta and Peter Walker have choreographed Advice to the Young, a work for 15 dancers. It is set to Night Drive (Deconstructed) – Instrumental by Twiceyoung, with voiceover by Patti Smith and was created over Zoom with dancers filming themselves performing the choreography outdoors in their hometowns and at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park.
“This ballet is set to a speech by Patti Smith. Although the speech dates to 2012, it feels just as relevant to the struggles of young artists today. Among other topics, Patti discusses the necessity of incorporating technology into art to adapt to our rapidly changing world. We worked with the Studio Company dancers in their homes around the world to create movement that complimented our customized filming directions. Advice to the Young is our attempt at utilizing technology to keep dancing and creating during this unpredictable time.” – Emily Kikta and Peter Walker
Yannick Lebrun’s Lora is set to music of the same name by Mpho Sebina. A solo, Lora was created over Zoom during the winter and spring of 2021 and features costume design by Jermaine Terry.
“For this solo, I was inspired to write a letter to my younger self about future dreams and hopes.” – Yannick Lebrun.
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa has choreographed Scurry Night, set to Dzovarev by Ara Malikian and Ciocårlia performed by Patricia Kopatchinskaja. The ballet for eight dancers features costumes by Mark Eric.
“Scurry Night was inspired by Banksy’s work, and particularly by his alter ego, the rat. The rat is a nocturnal rodent, who like the graffiti artist engages in activities without being caught. The rat, also an anagram for the word ‘art,’ is a resilient entity that adapts to any given situation. During the pandemic, dancers have proven that nothing will prevent them from expressing and sharing the beauty of ballet.” – Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Also on the program are the first duet from Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas, staged by Stella Abrera, the pas de deux from Kermesse in Bruges by Bournonville, staged by Petrusjka Broholm, and the pas de deux from Flames of Paris staged by ABT Studio Company Artistic Director Sascha Radetsky, after choreography by Vainonen.