In a new extended page that details the American Ballet Theatre Women’s Movement, Ballet Theatre is featuring the artists responsible for stagings and commissions throughout the company’s history.
The thirty-nine women come from different generations and diverse backgrounds from around the world. Ranging from Natalia Makarova, who has staged La Bayadère for Ballet Theatre since the 80’s (and the less-performed Paquita), to Catherine Littlefield, who brought her work “Barn Dance” to the company in 1944, the list is intriguing and serves as a model for what all companies should be doing – giving choreographers support and exposure beyond their commissions or staging.
The company has also shared the Women’s Movement’s influence on its 2019 Spring Season. Jane Eyre, a full-length work by Cathy Marston, is coming to the Metropolitan Opera House, followed by a reprisal of In the Upper Room, one of Twyla Tharp’s best-known works. The latter comes as part of the Tharp Trio program, which includes the choreographer’s The Brahms-Haydn Variations and Deuce Coupe.
Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company is set to perform more work by Claudia Schreier and a new work by Stefanie Batten Bland beginning in January 2019. Eight women choreographers have already benefited from the Women’s Movement since its official rollout last fall.
DDP Founder Liza Yntema provides continuous support to the Movement.
See all the information on the Women’s Movement on the American Ballet Theatre website.
Read about the Movement in the news here: Marie Claire; The New York Times; Dance Magazine; San Francisco Classical Voice