FYI | At ABT, Making Ballets Is Women’s Work

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American Ballet Theatre’s new Women’s Movement initiative will support the creation of work by female choreographers including Claudia Schreier (center).
Photo by Erica Wolf

Balletgoers will see more dance made by women starting this fall, thanks to American Ballet Theatre’s new multiyear initiative the ABT Women’s Movement. The initiative will support the creation and staging of at least three new works by female choreographers each season. It grew out of ABT’s Women’s Choreographers Initiative, which has already funded dances by Jessica Lang and Dana Genshaft.

For its fall gala opening night on October 17, ABT will present an all-female choreography program, including Twyla Tharp’s 1986 In the Upper Room and a premiere by tap dancer Michelle Dorrance. The program will also feature the ABT Studio Company performing Le Jeune, a 2017 work choreographed by New York City Ballet principal dancer Lauren Lovette. The fall season will feature a new work by Jessica Lang, her third ballet for the company.

Most years, one work will be made for ABT and one for its Studio Company; another will be a work in progress to be workshopped with one of the two groups. Now planned are works by Claudia Schreier, for the ABT Studio Company, and Stefanie Batten Bland, for the Studio Company’s residency at Duke University in January of 2019. For details, see