Balanchine

Studio to Stage

The George Balanchine Foundation

Capturing A Living Legacy

The George Balanchine Foundation is embarking on the production of Balanchine: Studio to Stage, a new project that illuminates Balanchine Technique and Style, to provide the dance community with a free resource that will inform the way they teach, coach and perform Balanchine’s art.

Key information

◆ Recordings will begin in 2023 and production will remain open-ended to capture and articulate significant artistic insights

◆ Specific and focused information will be passed down from Balanchine répétiteurs

◆ Each episode will feature classroom exercises, coaching sessions and artfully filmed excerpts of choreography

◆ Dancers from the New York City Ballet and professional companies worldwide will demonstrate classroom exercises and related excerpts of Balanchine choreography

◆ Concisely edited videos will be available to stream from any device for free

This project will help dancers embody the style and achieve the intended impact Balanchine pushed his dancers to strive towards. The resulting videos will be visually engaging, educational and preserve the ways in which Balanchine transformed classical ballet, starting with his work in the studio and translating it to his choreography.

Team

The George Balanchine Foundation

Since its inception immediately following Balanchine’s death, the Balanchine Foundation has stewarded projects that preserve and illuminate Balanchine’s creative canon of works. Spearheaded by board member Leslie Tonner Curtis, Studio to Stage takes inspiration from past preservation efforts with an added focus on broadening the audience with a visually engaging and digitally accessible series. 

Suki Schorer

A renowned faculty member of the School of American Ballet for over 50 years, Suki was invited by Balanchine to teach his style soon after she joined the company. Considered a key interpreter of the Balanchine Technique and Style, Suki will act as Artistic Advisor to oversee the artistic elements of the project and help guide coaches and dancers alongside the répétiteurs.

Emily Kikta & Peter Walker

The creative minds behind kw creative, Emily and Peter will be filming, directing and editing. They have created transformative dance films for American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey and New York City Ballet while also crafting films that feature their own choreography and dancing. As current dancers with New York City Ballet, they use their understanding of movement to enhance how dance looks on camera. 

Daniel Applebaum

As a producer of multidisciplinary, ground-breaking performances, Daniel thoughtfully and masterfully curates works that make the classical arts accessible, relevant and intriguing for all ages. For Studio to Stage, Daniel will be writing, researching, interviewing participants and contributing to the artistic vision. Daniel is also a soloist with the New York City Ballet and an advocate for positive change in the classical arts, whose writing has been published in Dance Magazine and Opera News.

Lauren King

After an 18 year career as a dancer at the New York City Ballet, Lauren is currently on the faculty at the School of American Ballet and is an Administrator for the Balanchine Foundation. All production elements for this project will be handled by Lauren, who can be reached at [email protected]

Suki Schorer and George Balanchine in the studio

Help Launch Studio to Stage

Your donation will contribute to a critically important effort to collect and disseminate key information regarding the legacy of ballet’s most significant and influential choreographer. Any amount would be greatly appreciated.

Checks can be made out to The George Balanchine Foundation with a designation for the Studio to Stage project in the notes and mailed to: 
The George Balanchine Foundation
20 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

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