Ballez is performance, hanging out at the barre, taking class, and finding a new frame for queer bodies to dance in.

Shows: Variations on Virtuosity

VARIATIONS ON VIRTUOSITY, A GALA PERFORMANCE WITH THE STARS OF THE BALLEZ

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR KATY PYLE

SAT JAN 10, 2:00 PM
SUN JAN 11, 9:00 PM

AMERICAN REALNESS FESTIVAL

ABRONS ARTS CENTER UNDERGROUND THEATER
466 Grand Street, New York, NY

The Ballez celebrates the virtuosity of complexly gendered people by choosing the grandiose container of ballet for its presentation. The company celebrates a lineage of dykes and post-modern performance by telling queer/dyke histories inside the framework of classical ballet narratives. Following this tradition, the stars of The Ballez will present Variations on Virtuosity, a Gala Performance of excerpts from The Ballez repertoire. Champagne to follow.

Variations on Virtuosity has received creative support from Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Danspace Project in collaboration with the Jerome Foundation, Mount Tremper Arts, Rockbridge Artist’s Exchange, and the 259 Kickstarter supporters who produced The Firebird, a Ballez.

“Contemporary ballet, by and large, makes my eyes glaze over. I just can’t get into it much or much of it. But this isn’t contemporary ballet. With the exception of the Club Suite duets, it’s classical ballet for contemporary people living in a real world, and it has got my full attention. The Ballez doesn’t satirize ballet; it rewrites the rules of who can dance and how they must present themselves. It appropriates technique, stories and characters for all the right reasons. It makes us look closely, in the interactions between and among dancers, to witness utmost care and delicacy of touch as well as power in the fluidity of physical and emotional roles. Dance lives here and will never flame out.

This troupe could sell out–I’m not talking about seats–and part of me would be very happy for Pyle and her collaborators. They have developed a thrilling sophistication in their teamwork and bring something a wider American audience needs to see.”

-Eva Yaa Asantewaa, InfiniteBody, January 11, 2015