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Arch Contemporary Ballet: Spring Season | World Premiere of INNATE PRISMROSE

Arch Contemporary Ballet: Spring Season | World Premiere of INNATE PRISMROSE


Arch Contemporary Ballet


Alchemical Theatre Laboratory
104 W 14th Street Between Sixth & Seventh Avenues
New York, NY 10011


Friday, March 24, 2017 - 7:30pm daily through March 26, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 2:00pm daily through March 26, 2017



Arch Contemporary Ballet

New York City- Arch Contemporary Ballet, in its mission to launch ballet and music to an inclusive 21st century audience, presents a world premiere by Artistic Director Sheena Annalise at The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory with five performances Friday, March 24th – Sunday, March 26th at 7:30 pm and  matinees at 2:00 pm.



Running time: 40 minutes

Friday, March 24th 7:30 pm

Saturday, March 25th 2:00 pm (Autism Friendly performance)

Saturday, March 25th 7:30 pm

Sunday, March 26th 2:00 pm

Sunday, March 26th 7:30 pm

$25 General Admission, $35 VIP includes an autographed poster for your added contribution

   There will be an autism friendly modified performance on Saturday, March 25th at 2:00 pm as part of ACB’s Arch for Autism Initiative, social narrative and video available. Find out more about our Autism Friendly Performance —>



Experimental and daring movement expresses the natural state of humans primal instincts in a 21st century civilization. Inspired how the hustle and bustle of everyday life, living as a millennial, masks our carnal instincts. This new explosive work displays these primal instincts: how they take over our minds and bodies and the reactions we have towards them. Decadent uncanny movement creates a cutting-edge and thought provoking ballet with an experimental piano score and strokes of song throughout the piece composed by Award-Winning composer Matthew AC Cohen. Minimalist light art installation by lighting designer Robert Glowacki, transforms the white box theatre space into a blank canvas with laser shadow that sets the tone for this eye catching work.

Dancers: Kara Cooper, Mikal Gilbert, Tori Hey, Chris Smaten, Wilderlei Rudson, Katelyn Somners


Instagram: @archballet | Twitter: @archballet


Founded in 2013, New York Citys Arch Contemporary Ballet was established with a bold spirit and innovative vision to create an artistic process that enhances the connection between ballet and music. All of ACBs works are choreographed and completed in silence. Commissioned artists then create original music scores specifically for each repertoire program. In addition to her innovative way of joining movement and music, Artistic Director and choreographer, Sheena Annalise, challenges classicism with a cutting-edge approach to partnering, pairing women on pointe together as partners. ACB has performed across the country including the Paramount Theatre in Boston, Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, AZ, Marlene Boll Theatre in Detroit, New York Citys Sheen Center, and more. Learn more at www.ArchBallet.com.


Artistic Director and choreographer, Sheena Annalise, at age 14, was honored to work with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance in Equator Project, nurturing her choreographic talent. She quickly found a distinct voice by creating innovative body lines and exploring her fascination with the connection between movement and music. In her early work she began to play with creating her own tempos, accents, and pauses in her ballets without the limitations of existing music. Looking to accentuate her silent yet rhythmic choreography, she developed her artistic process of commissioning artists to create music specifically to each repertoire program. Annalise spent 2012 mentoring with the Mark Morris Dance Group, when she then founded Arch Contemporary Ballet the following year. Through ACB she has received residencies and space grants throughout NYC and has been named a Prodigy by The Womens Project.


Arch for Autism is an initiative for families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues to come together and enjoy the benefits of dance and music. Our goal is to make ballet and music accessible to all by including Autism Friendly performances during our performance season Adjustments to the production include reduction of obscure lighting, shorter running time, and reduction of any sudden sounds. Plus, there will be areas in the lobby for quiet time or activities staffed with autism specialists for those who need to leave their seats during the performance.


Matthew A.C. Cohen has composed and performed around the globe and is a Remi Platinum Award winner for the short film@Social #Connection. He attended Hofstra University, where he got a B.S. in Music Theory/Composition, with special interests in Film Scoring, Jazz Improvisation and arranging, and orchestration, and went on to get an MFA in Scoring for Media from Columbia College Chicago. He writes for network television shows, including Reign and Vikings, studio films including Brick Mansions, The Funhouse Massacre, and Christmas Land, and triple A video game titles including Dragon Age: Inquisition. He is a versatile and inventive musician and composer.


Robert has been immersed in the technological revolution of lighting and its new ideas and innovations, and has utilized these to design one of a kind lighting environments. Known for developing sharp and concise designs that can transform small spaces with drawn inspiration from his local surroundings and art of his hometown in Detroit.

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