ABT Studio Company
Friday, January 28, 2022 | 8:00 pm
Saturday, January 29, 2022 | 8:00 pm
In February 2018, Duke Performances unveiled an audacious three-year collaboration with American Ballet Theatre (ABT), one of the world’s leading classical ballet companies. Through its expansive programming, international engagements, and distinctly American style, ABT has served as a crucial ambassador of ballet since 1939.
American Ballet Theatre’s virtuosic junior ensemble ABT Studio Company returns for its third and final year in residence (delayed because of the pandemic) in the Rubenstein Arts Center. This week of training and engagement with the Duke Dance Program will culminate in a series of public performances featuring mostly contemporary ballet works, many created by female choreographers. At the center of the program is For What Is It All Worth?, a ballet created by Durham native Hope Boykin, a choreographer and former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater company member. This rousing original work is set to reinterpretations of Stephen Stills’ original composition by Billy Porter, Voices of East Harlem, and Bill Laurance – plus original text by Boykin.
ABT Studio Company | LA BAYADÈRE Excerpt
"...there was passion and professionalism... these performers are the next generation of ballet dancers, blossoming before our eyes."