By Siobhan Burke
11 July 2017
Suppose you’re a young choreographer running your own ballet company in New York, and one of the city’s main dance stages offers to present your work for three nights. You say yes, right?
For Emery LeCrone the choice wasn’t so obvious. When invited by the Joyce Theater to return to its Ballet Festival, a biennial event spotlighting independent and emerging ballet choreographers, she thought back to the 2015 festival when her troupe made its Joyce debut, performing for two nights. Despite selling out both shows, she came out of that experience in a state of what she calls “burnout, completely.”
While the Joyce offered its stage and the visibility that comes with it, Ms. LeCrone was responsible for most other production costs, from hiring costume and lighting designers to renting rehearsal space. To present a program of the caliber she wanted, with 10 dancers and live music, she raised the $43,000 she needed on her own.
So would she do it again?
Read the full article in the New York Times.