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June 14, 2018

ABT Launches ABT Incubator

Two-Week Choreographic Workshop Open To ABT Dancers And Freelance Choreographers, October 31 – November 10, 2018

Audition for Freelance Choreographers to be Held September 18

American Ballet Theatre has announced a continuation of its in-house choreographic program with the launch of ABT Incubator.  It was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

ABT Incubator, a two-week choreographic workshop, is committed to providing a focused lab to generate and inspire ideas for the creation of new work.  Directed by American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer David Hallberg, ABT Incubator will be held October 31 – November 10, 2018 at ABT’s New York studios and is open to ABT dancers and freelance choreographers.   Participating choreographers will be chosen through an audition process with selections made by a panel of choreographers, directors and artists in ballet and dance, including ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, ABT Principal Dancer David Hallberg, ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, Danspace Executive Director Judy Hussie-Taylor and choreographers Jessica Lang and Lar Lubovitch.

During the two-week workshop, choreographers will be provided studio space, a stipend, collaborators, panel discussions and mentorships to create new work on dancers from ABT and the ABT Studio Company.  ABT Incubator will conclude with a private studio showing on November 10.

“It has always been my vision to establish a process-oriented hub to explore the directions ballet can forge now and in the future,” said Hallberg.  “I am thrilled that Incubator will provide the resources for emerging and established creators to explore movement and new paths in dance.”

ABT Incubator exemplifies our shared commitment to innovation and the exploration of artistic boundaries,” said David R. Weinreb, CEO of The Howard Hughes Corporation. “Cultural events are an integral part of the communities we build and a pillar of our revitalization of the Seaport District in Lower Manhattan; we are pleased to help bring forward-thinking, dynamic arts and entertainment initiatives to the city.”

“ABT has always provided a door into the creation of new choreography,” said McKenzie.  “Our mission includes extending the great canon of classical dance.   ABT Incubator offers artists the time and resources to experiment, develop and create.”

Audition information and guidelines for freelance choreographers is available by visiting:


Lead Support for ABT Incubator is generously provided by The Howard Hughes Corporation.

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