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Cultural Exchanges is the newest program of the Arts Initiative that connects students to New York City cultural organizations through on- and off-campus programming.
New Partnership with American Ballet Theatre
American Ballet Theatre and the Arts Initiative at Columbia University have formed a new arts partnership that will offer Columbia University students a unique, in-depth immersion in the process of creating new ballet. The partnership was designed as a complement to American Ballet Theatre’s Innovation Initiative, a two-week choreographic workshop spearheaded by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie and ABT Principal Dancer David Hallberg.
The Innovation Initiative culminates in an on-campus performance at Miller Theatre at Columbia University on Sunday, November 16. The performance will be highlighted by works in process choreographed by members of American Ballet Theatre and outside creators, and performed by ABT dancers. In the weeks preceding the performance, Columbia students will have several opportunities to become intimately familiar with ABT and the choreographic process. Students will attend a performance at the David H. Koch Theater; observe an early rehearsal of new works at ABT’s studios; participate in a master class led by an ABT dancer; and attend the final Innovation Initiative program when it is performed on campus at Columbia on November 16.
Columbians went behind the scenes at American Ballet Theatre for an intimate look at how a work of new ballet is created. On Friday, November 7, 2014, Columbia and Barnard undergraduates traveled to ABT Studios to sit in on several works-in-process being created by choreographers Pam Tanowitz and Jillian Peña and dancer/choreographers Daniel Mantei and Claire Davison on their fellow ABT dancers. It's all part of the lead-up to ABT's Innovation Initiative performance right here on campus on Sunday, November 16, 2014.
American Ballet Theatre will showcase the works of five choreographers with the Innovation Initiative, a performance featuring works-in-process choreographed by members of ABT and outside creators, and 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.
Columbians had the opportunity to see an American Ballet Theatre performance on stage at the Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in a program that featured the world premiere of a new work by Liam Scarlett.
On Tuesday, November 11, ABT soloist Craig Salstein teaches a master class to students studying advanced ballet through the Department of Dance at Barnard College.