IndieGoGo Campaign 2015

With your support we can take Château to the stage on Nov 7th, 2015

Château” was inspired by the architecture of the Château de Fontainebleau in France. The long corridors with century wings dedicated to monarchs of different eras and seemingly endless chambers play a prominent role in the conception of this new work. Voxare String Quartet shares the stage with the dancers, and are essential to the setting of the ballet. They are mobile, forming the metaphorical walls of the Château. As they move, the quartet establishes different chambers for the dancers to explore. ACB dancers move throughout this space, creating powerful symmetry and visual lines. The work’s underlying expression, of how we as people use changes in setting, is displayed through each dancer as a spirit of past generations living in the Château.

Arch Contemporary Ballet

Artistic Director and Choreographer | Sheena Annalise

Concetta Abbate


Voxare String Quartet


But first, we must raise $6,500 to cover these costs:

  • Theatre venue cost
  • Rehearsal space
  • Costumes – lace leotards and finishing the skirts with zippers
  • 25 yards of fabric for men’s costumes
  • Pointe shoes for the dancers
  • 50 yards of paneled fabric incorporated in stage production
  • Lighting design
  • Dancer’s pay
  • Composer’s pay
  • Musician’s pay
  • Marley stage flooring for the performance venue

You can help us reach this goal:

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Play an important role:
  • Be a part of the creation of a new contemporary ballet
  • Be a part of the creation of new music
  • Help expand the art of contemporary ballet to new audiences
Please note IndieGoGo does not provide ACB with tax deductible donations.
All donations made here are tax deductible to the full extent of the law by Unique Projects Inc, a New York State 501(c)(3) organization administered by Pentacle Dance Works. And you will receive the same perks plus a letter of recognition of your donation for tax purposes.

About The Artists

NYC’s Arch Contemporary Ballet has been guided by the artistic direction of founder Sheena Annalise since 2013. Our mission is to create not only new ballets, but also new music for our audiences. The company is unique in that Annalise creates each ballet in silence. Commissioned artists then create original music scores specifically for each repertoire program. ACB has presented across the country including Paramount Theatre in Boston,  Marlene Boll Theatre in Detroit,  Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, AZ, NYC seasons at the Actors Fund Center for the Arts and the Sheen Center.

Artistic Director and choreographer, Sheena Annalise, began choreographing at age 14. She was honored to be selected to work with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance in their Equator Project, “nurturing choreographic talent” at such an early age. She quickly developed her own style of movement and choreographic process through her early work. Annalise spent 2012 mentoring with the Mark Morris Dance Group, when she then founded Arch Contemporary Ballet the following year. Through ACB she has received residencies and space grants throughout NYC and has presented repertoire across the US. She recently was named a “Prodigy” by The Women’s Project for her growing success with ACB.


The talented Concetta Abbate is a NYC based composer, violinist, violist, and vocalist. She began studying classical violin and ear training at age 4, with Irene Lawton. After a childhood dedicated to classical training, Concetta became interested in folk tales, natural science, poetry in Spanish, and everyday objects and sounds.  She has been described as a “badass violinist” by Garret Bryant (HINGED) and “Eerie, haunting ‘Chamber Pop” by the German music blog Kulterwelt. Her diverse performance venues include The East Indian Music Academy, the Rubin Art Museum, The Eastman School of Music, The Tilles Center, Cornelia Street Cafe, Columbia University, the Jazz Gallery and The Stone. She was recently a visiting composer in residence at TAKT gallery in Berlin in 2014 and will be returning to teach a workshop on music composition in 2016. This is Concetta’s second commission by Arch Contemporary Ballet.


“The gifted Voxare String Quartet” (The New York Times) formed in 2008 and has since received critical praise for its inventive programming, technical prowess, attention to detail, and passionate performances.  As one of the most acclaimed and innovative young string quartets in the United States, The New York Times declared that Voxare plays “with such penetrating tone and lucid textures,” and has on numerous occasions chosen Voxare as its Classical Pick of the Week. Voxare’s performances have included appearances at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic, the Guggenheim Museum, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. Voxare has had performing residences at Dartmouth College, Columbia University, New York’s Bargemusic, Mann Quartet Institute, the International Computer Music Conference  and more.  In addition to performing standard repertoire, Voxare takes responsibility in presenting and encouraging interest in contemporary music, and often works with leading composers such as Pulitzer Prize winning composers Ned Rorem and David Del Tredici. They have received the Chamber Music America’s ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, and can also be seen in films presented at Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals.