The New York Choreographic Institute continues its efforts to support emerging choreographers despite the recent challenges presented by the pandemic. Its latest session in October 2021 was the first time in 18 months that Institute choreographers and dancers were able to work together in the studio. Through a strong relationship and curation collaboration with Artistic Director Adrian Danchig-Waring, scores from Wise Music Classical’s roster and catalogue were the inspiration for each of the chosen choreographer’s workshop creation.
“Last fall we returned, full force, to our studio sessions in Lincoln Center, inviting a dynamic group of emerging choreographers to collaborate with dancers from New York City Ballet and students from the School of American Ballet,” said Danchig-Waring. Alongside public showings of the three commissioned works by three choreographers, filmmaker Quinn Wharton produced three films that communicate the urgency and artistry that emerged from this most recent Institute session. “Capturing the dramatic, soul-searching, and ultimately joyful spirit of that moment, these dance films celebrate an inflection point at the Choreographic Institute, where film makes our work increasingly accessible and inclusive.”
Watch the Three NYCI Fall Session 2021 Commissions
NYCI, photo: Erin Baiano
Scores and Choreographers
Choreographer Houston Thomas created to Bryce Dessner’s El Chan. Thomas began studying at the School of American Ballet at the age of 16 before moving to Germany to join the Dresden Semperoper Ballett.
Choreographer Keerati Jinakunwiphat created to Du Yun’s Impeccable Quake. Jinakunwiphat received her BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase. As a freelance choreographer, she has been commissioned to set and create works on the Evanston Dance Ensemble, the Martha Graham School, SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, A.I.M by Kyle Abraham, Houston Contemporary Dance Company, and New England Ballet Theatre.
Choreographer Durante Verzola chose Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5. Verzola has choreographed several works for Miami City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet II, Ballet Dallas, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Columbia Ballet Collaborative (Columbia University), Goucher College, School of Pennsylvania Ballet, Kansas School of Classical Ballet, Peabody Dance, Princeton University Ballet, Ballet Conservatory of South Texas, and MANNA's Shut Up & Dance.
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