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 and Process, the Joyce Theater, the Savannah Music Festival and NYU Skirball Center. 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 at the Guggenheim Bilbao
SOLD OUT! BalletCollective makes their international debut at the Guggenheim Bilbao.
Choreographed by Troy Schumacher
Commissioned scores by Julianna Barwick, Ellis Ludwig-Leone, and Mark Dancigers
Conceptual artistic collaborations with science fiction writer Ken Liu, poet Cynthia Zarin, and photographers Dafy Hagai and Paul Maffi
Performed by members of New York City Ballet: Emilie Gerrity, Lauren King, Ashley Laracey, Megan Lecrone, Troy Schumacher, Sean Suozzi, and Taylor Stanley