Artists, choreographers, and composers collaborate. New forms of artistic expression emerge.About the Collective
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, BallectCollective has collaborated with over 50 artistic partners and produced ten new works.
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.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.
Over the past few years, Schumacher’s work has been presented by New York City Ballet, Performa, Danspace Project, the Guggenheim’s Works in Progress, Joyce Theater, New York Choreographic Institute, and NYU Skirball Center. This coming fall, Schumacher will premiere several new ballets with BalletCollective as well as with other major companies, to be announced soon.
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
An intimate gathering in the ballet studio at Lincoln Center for BalletCollective’s Partners in Creation, where guests will be given an exclusive peek into Troy Schumacher’s choreographic process.Learn More
Opening night for BalletCollective’s Fall 2017 season at Skirball Center for the Performing arts. Details to be announced May 2017.Learn More