Ballet Inc.’s first full evening performance
Choreographer Aaron Atkins presents A Night With Ballet Inc., the first full evening performance of his fresh young company, on Friday, October 25 at 8 p.m. at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in NYC. Ballet Inc. features an ensemble of 11 dancers, joined by guests whose credits include Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Elisa Monte Dance and more.
Ballet Inc. was founded just last year and has appeared on a few shared programs, including Peridance and Kat Wildish showcases. This performance at Tribeca Performing Arts Center will officially mark the company’s first full self-produced evening.
Aaron Atkins trained at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, where he earned a BFA in Dance. His performing career began early, and at the age of 17 he was performing principal roles with the Classical Contemporary Ballet Theatre in his home state of South Carolina, and starting his career as a choreographer. Other dance credits include Columbia City Ballet, C.Eule Dance Company and Ballet Hispanico.
Atkins’ very demanding choreographic style is firmly based in his classical training, while still utilizing a contemporary sensibility. Three of the works being presented as part of Ballet Inc.’s upcoming program are ballets en pointe. The program includes the works: Untitled, with music by Steve Reich, featuring the full company; No Words, with music by Radiohead, inspired by life in New York; Examinis, a duet to music by Arvo Part; and Fallen Angels, set to a mix of music ranging from pop to a rendering of Ave Maria.
Dancers will include Emily Abrom, Maggie Baum, Shannon Maynor, Genene McGrath, Jesus Olivera, Timothy P. Patterson, Edgar L. Peterson III, Courtney Sauls, Chloe Slade, Tanya Trombly and Dona Wiley. Guest dancers Kyla Ernst-Alper, Kara Cooper, Scott Lewis, Carly Topazio and Michelle Vargo will also make appearances.
This one-night-only performance will be held in Theater 2 at Tribeca Performing Arts Center, located at 199 Chambers Street in NYC. Tickets are $25 general admission or $20 for students and seniors. For more information, visit www.ballet-inc.org.
Photo: Ballet Inc. company, with Jesus Olivera, Schmikel Sandberry, Dona Wiley, Maggie Baum, Carly Topazio, Chloe Slade, Edgar Peterson, Tanya Trombly and Genene McGrath. Photo by Jamy Hsu.