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Arch Ballet


Abrons Art Center Playhouse Theatre


Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 7:00pm


Arch Ballet

Join Arch Ballet for an evening of bold contemporary dances choreographed by Sheena Annalise on Thursday, July 11 at 7:00 pm at the Abrons Art Center Playhouse Theatre as part of the @Abrons Series Program. Purchase ticket online at

"intriguing, mesmeric, and hard to stop watching... Arch Contemporary B[rilliant]"
— The Dance Enthusiast

The evening opens with Château, a dance of poisonous intrigue accompanied by a rich neoclassical score for a string quartet. Layers of lush fabric portray the dark intricate architecture of Château de Fontainebleau based on the concepts of Catherine De Medici’s Fly of Squadron.

In contrast, vibrant color and electronic dance music energize our second piece, Pointe in Motion. Choreography inspired by the fluidity of thought, set against an ink-in-water backdrop, blend together into a visually stunning performance.

An imaginative World Premiere closes the evening on a grand scale. Glass tutus and chromatic costumes dance to a modern orchestral score beneath a luminescent art installation, transporting the audience to an electric realm of possibility.

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July 11 9:00pm

Following the performance, please join Arch Ballet Benefactors and dancers for an evening of philanthropic cocktails at Hotel Chantelle in support of our #feedtheballerinas campaign. Cocktails and appetizers will be available for purchase.


Hotel Chantelle, Gerald Appelstein, David Ballinger, Women of Culture, Scott Jeffrey, Rachel Linder, Juliene Manfredinho, Marija Pecar, Brian Reinke, Amir Rouzrokh, Jeff Vockrodt, Mary Youch, Bryan Zaros


Abrons Art Center is located at 466 Grand Street, between Willet and Pitt Street in Manhattan and is accessible by Subway F at Delancey Street, J, M at Essex Street, and D, B at Grand Street.



New York City’s Arch Ballet (A|B) is the brainchild of Artistic Director and Choreographer Sheena Annalise. Founded in 2013, at a time when less than a quarter of U.S. ballet companies were led by women, A|B emerged with a singular mission: to ensure the continuous evolution of ballet, designed for an inclusive and varied 21st century audience.

Each ballet is choreographed and completed in silence, commissioned composers then create music exclusively tailored to the movement in all genres including neoclassical, EDM, classical, jazz, percussion, and more. Every ballets concept is distinctly relevant to contemporary society often leveraging technology, visual art, fashion, and current cultural ideas to bring each ballets message to life on stage. Collaborations have included 3D Motion projection, American Sign Language, phone apps, slow motion ink in water art, 3D Printed fashion, drones, architects, laser art, and more.



Sheena Annalise is an American choreographer praised as a rising luminary for her distinct voice in ballet, fusing innovative bodylines and cutting-edge concepts. Her thought provoking works often collaborate with technologists, visual artists, neuroscientists, and composers in music genres from EDM to neo-classical.

Ms. Annalise a five-time recipient of The Davenport Theatre performance grant, was selected for DanceMotion USASM PDP 2018, HT Chen New Steps Residency 2014, and has been named a “Prodigy” by The Project for Women. She was invited by The National Arts Club for a choreographic lecture “The New Era: Ballet + Technology” about her repertoire of over 20 ballets. Her commissioned works include the Sacred Heart University Ballet Department, SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance BFA Senior Pas de deux, Skidmore University BFA Senior Solo, and Boston Conservatory BFA Solo.

A|B performs at NYC’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Sheen Center, The Davenport Theatre, and across the country at Tempe Center for the Arts Arizona, Boston’s Paramount Theatre, and Detroit’s Marlene Boll Theatre.

Her fascination in choreography began as a teen under the wing of Wayne McGregor|Random Dance in Equator Project, nurturing her choreographic talent. As a mentee in 2012, she spent a year inside the walls of Mark Morris Dance Group, which equipped her with the necessary tools to bring Arch Ballet to fruition. She has been featured in Dance Informa Magazine, Huffington Post, Dance Enthusiast, Detroit News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Explore Dance, Dance Mogul Magazine, among others. Her continued work includes writing the first contemporary ballet pedagogy method and producing an autobiographical documentary “The Contemporary Ballet Architect” to premiere in 2020. Learn more at



The @Abrons Series Program is a subsidized theater rental program that provides access to our spaces as well as production services at subsidized rates. While @Abrons is not curated, priority is given to shows and events that align with our mission and that are committed to anti-oppression. For shows, events or artistic projects working to build community projects that are socially or civically inclusive – yet have very small budgets – there is an application

for an extra–subsidized rate.

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