American Ballet Theatre Creates New Initiative for Female Choreographers

American Ballet Theatre Creates New Initiative for Female Choreographers

Earlier this week, American Ballet Theatre announced plans for a multi-year initiative called the ABT Women’s Movement, designed to support the development, creation and staging of new works by female choreographers.

Building on its 2016 Women Choreographers Initiative, ABT plans to hire at least three female choreographers per season — one assigned to ABT’s main company, another to ABT Studio Company and the third to workshop with ABT dancers.

ABT Studio Company in Lauren Lovette’s “Le Jeune.” Photo: Erin Baiano.

The ABT Women’s Movement will launch in October during ABT’s fall gala with a program made entirely of works by women, including a premiere from tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance, Twyla Tharp’s “In the Upper Room” and Lauren Lovette’s “Le Jeune,” which she choreographed for the ABT Studio Company in 2017. A new work by choreographer Jessica Lang will also premiere during the 2018 fall season.

“I am proud to be a part of this initiative,” said Lang in the press release. “If we can ignite all imaginations to find creative potential, we can move from possible to probable that the future will have equality and be rich with inventive ideas and engaging art.”

Top Image: Scene from American Ballet Theatre’s production of Jessica Lang’s "Her Notes." Photo: Rosalie O’Connor