New York City’s Arch Ballet (A|B) is the brainchild of Artistic Director and Choreographer Sheena Annalise. Founded in 2013, at a time when less than a quarter of U.S. ballet companies were led by women, A|B emerged with a singular mission: to ensure the continuous evolution of ballet, designed for an inclusive and varied 21st century audience.
Innovative concepts, a groundbreaking mix of music (from electronic dance to neoclassical), and diverse, world-class dancers represent the culture of tomorrow. Technology, visual art, fashion, science, and current cultural ideas imbue each of A|B’s creations to fortify the future of dance by fostering collaboration, curiosity, and creativity at every level.
Ballet: reimagined, reinvented, and redefined.
As a vibrant, emerging organization, Arch Ballet has regularly showcased its brand of bold new dances in NYC, including Abrons Art Center Playhouse, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Sheen Center, Davenport Theatre, as well as nationally, at Tempe Center for the Arts Arizona, Paramount Theatre of Boston, and Marlene Boll Theatre Detroit. Commissioned performances include Eden Fine Art Gallery and a lecture at The National Arts Club. They have graced the cover of Dance Informa (July 2016) and stolen the hearts of industry critics, who are hailing them as “brilliant” (The Dance Enthusiast) and “the answer to this art form surviving a hundred years more” (Dance Informa). Audience nomination include 2019 Most Inventive New Work by Dance Magazine and Standout Performance by Pointe Magazine.
A|B celebrates modernism from studio to stage as most repertoire is created in silence and composers are then commissioned to create music exclusively tailored to the movement. Its dancers are classically trained and fine tuned in the company’s specific pedagogy, Arch Ballet Technique, which emphasizes serpentine and geometric body lines.
In 2016, Arch Ballet held its first Summer Intensive program, serving collegiate and professional dancers from all over the world. Arch Ballet Technique pedagogy is transforming the way the next generations of contemporary ballet dancers move and embody contemporary artistry.
The emergence of Arch Ballet signifies a historical moment for the world of dance. A|B is a sanctuary where those passionate about dance can celebrate its past while simultaneously building its future. A|B draws an audience of likeminded culture aficionados and will continue to build a lasting impression on future generations. Learn more at www.archballet.com. | @archballet
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