Artists, choreographers, and composers collaborate. New forms of artistic expression emerge.About BalletCollective
BalletCollective connects artists, composers, and choreographers to create new ballet-based works.
Through a unique consideration of process, the Collective produces collaborative works that expand the boundaries of artistic disciplines and resonate with a wide audience. Founded in 2010 by choreographer Troy Schumacher, BalletCollective has collaborated with a roster of over 50 acclaimed artists, choreographers, composers, musicians, designers, and dancers, including Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Karen Russell, James Ramsey, Ken Liu, Julianna Barwick, David Salle, Dafy Hagai, Judd Greenstein, and Cynthia Zarin, and produced twelve new ballets.
Each BalletCollective project begins with a group of artists from various disciplines exploring a concept or idea. This idea is expressed in the creation of a work by one artist or designer, which is considered the overall project’s “source art.” The choreographer and musician then work together to create a ballet and musical score that interprets, explores, or responds to this source art. The final work is performed live. With each new collective of artists, there are new ideas, new challenges, new experiments, and, ultimately, new forms of artistic expression. Everything is fresh.The Contributors
Founder, Director, and Resident Choreographer
Troy Schumacher is an American choreographer, dancer, and soloist at the New York City Ballet. In 2010, he founded BalletCollective, a non-profit organization that brings artists, composers, and choreographers together to create new ballet-based works.
His athletic aesthetic draws upon the artists he collaborates with to produce fresh, unexpected results. His choreography has been presented by New York City Ballet, Guggenheim Bilbao, Performa, Danspace Project, Guggenheim Works & Process, the Joyce Theater, the Savannah Music Festival, and the Fire Island Dance Festival. He has collaborated with many artists, including Jeff Koons, Thom Browne, Ken Liu, Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Maddie Ziegler, and David Salle. In addition to live performances, Schumacher has choreographed numerous art, fashion and commercial shoots, including works for Google, Sony PlayStation, Capezio, HP, Aritzia, CR Fashion Book, Tom Ford, and The New York Times.
Addressing central questions about the genre of ballet — music, gender, body language, academic vocabulary — and without strain. The answers look both direct and unforced, experimental and refreshing.New York Times
Schumacher’s ability to follow experimental instincts while still creating coherent, formally inventive ballets, is rare in someone so young.T: The New York Times Style Magazine
This is BalletCollective’s strength: it shows everything ballet could mean, if you let it.Huffington Post
Fresh, intriguing and strange, in a good way.DanceTabs
BalletCollective returns to NYC!
Following a year of touring and creating new works, BalletCollective returns to NYC with two world premieres and repertory featuring an inspiring roster of artistic contributors: artists Zaria Forman and Trevor Paglen, photojournalist George Steinmetz, science fiction writer Ken Liu, composers Judd Greenstein, Paul Moravec, Julianna Barwick, and Caleb Burhans, choreographers Troy Schumacher, Julianna Barwick, and Preston Chamblee, an ensemble of dancers from New York City Ballet, and orchestral collective The Knights.Tickets Coming Soon
BalletCollective in Millbrook
For the first time ever, BalletCollective will present a public performance in Millbrook to preview our newest ballets.
Eight dancers from New York City Ballet perform choreography by Troy Schumacher and Preston Chamblee with new music by Judd Greenstein and Paul Moravec inspired by the images of artist Zaria Forman and photojournalist George Steinmetz.Purchase $15 Tickets