Work in Progress
Zimmi Coker, Xuelan Lu, Virginia Lensi and David Hallberg.
Photo: Samanta Casolari.
Introducing ABT Incubator: a two-week choreographic workshop providing dancemakers with a focused lab designed to generate new ideas and inspire innovative movement. “It has always been my vision to establish a process-oriented hub to explore the directions ballet can forge, now and in the future,” says Hallberg, Director of ABT Incubator.
Choreographers for the workshop were selected in October by a panel of dance luminaries, including David Hallberg, ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, Danspace Executive Director Judy Hussie-Taylor and choreographers Jessica Lang and Lar Lubovitch. In partnership with The Howard Hughes Corporation, participants were provided resources including studio space at ABT’s headquarters in New York, a stipend and mentoring to help them create on American Ballet Theatre dancers.
The workshop was held from October 31 – November 10. Read on to see some familiar faces and meet the new talents that made the inaugural workshops of ABT Incubator a success.