BALLETCOLLECTIVE IS A NEW YORK BASED NON-PROFIT ARTS COLLECTIVE THAT CONNECTS ARTISTS, COMPOSERS, AND CHOREOGRAPHERS TO CREATE NEW, BALLET-BASED WORKS. THROUGH ITS UNIQUE COLLABORATIVE PROCESS, BALLETCOLLECTIVE EXPANDS THE BOUNDARIES OF ARTISTIC DISCIPLINES IN A WAY THAT RESONATES WITH A WIDE AUDIENCE.
Each BalletCollective project takes as its source a contemporary work of art in any medium chosen or commissioned by its choreographer and composer. From this starting point, the choreographer and composer collaborate to create a work that interprets, explores, or responds to its source. The result of the collaboration is performed live. By its nature, BalletCollective consists of a rotating group of artists and collaborators, and with each new collective there are new ideas, new challenges, and, ultimately, new forms of expression emerge.
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 Zaria Forman, Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Karen Russell, James Ramsey, Ken Liu, Julianna Barwick, David Salle, Dafy Hagai, Judd Greenstein, and Cynthia Zarin, and produced fourteen new ballets. Recently, BalletCollective has been presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Joyce Theater, NYU Skirball Center, Guggenheim Works & Process, Guggenheim Bilbao, the Fire Island Dance Festival, and the Savannah Music Festival.
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, BalletCollective commissioned. produced and safely performed live both the first world-premiere one-act ballet, Natural History, and the first full-length world premiere ballet, The Nutcracker at Wethersfield, in the US.