Pushing the boundaries of ballet through the creation and presentation of original works
Each Spring, BBT’s Youth Division comes together to present a program filled with classical and contemporary new works that collectively express the organization’s artistic vision. Engaging local and national choreographers to develop new work in collaboration with the students of BBT, New Moves supports the training of the Youth Division dancers by offering them the chance to push their technical and artistic limits while being a part of the creative process with emerging and renowned artists.
In 2018, BBT’s New Moves program featured three original short works created in collaboration with the Berkeley Symphony. Connecting three West Coast choreographers (Laura O’Malley, San Francisco; Keon Saghari, Los Angeles; and Vanessa Thiessen, Portland) and three Composer Fellows under the guidance of Anna Clyne and New Music USA's Music Alive program, BBT’s Youth Company worked with the creative artists to develop original works that were performed on BBT’s New Moves program and at Berkeley Arts Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) live with members of the Symphony. The 2018 New Moves program also featured Rhapsody, an original work for the entire Youth Division choreographed by Artistic Director Robert Dekkers, as well as reprises of Sally Streets’ Chopin for Two and Dani Rowe’s O.
BBT’s 2019 New Moves program featured an encore presentation of Rhapsody as well as new works by Sally Streets, Raymond Ejiofor, and more. Check back later for updates on the 2020 program and consider making a tax-deductible donation in support of the organization’s commitment to commissioning original works for the BBT dancers and community.