Annual spring seasons draw from a diverse repertory built over the past 50 years with productions ranging from classical masterpieces to Cutting edge new works. Over the past fifty-six years, ABB has worked with esteemed choreographers such as Laura Dean, Mary Talmi, Saeko Ichinohe, Philip Jerry, Bill T. Jones, Charles Moulton, Francis Patrelle, Daniel Pelzig, Gus Solomons, Jr., Paula Weber, and Igor Youskevitch. These artists among others have contributed to the Company’s substantial repertory of diverse works. Each year, the troupe presents a season that draws from this extensive catalogue top reserve the classics, while pushing boundaries into the future.
WINTER 2017: ALBANY BERKSHIRE BALLET 43RD ANNUAL TOUR OF THE NUTCRACKER
The Albany Berkshire Ballet (ABB) is proud to present its 43rd annual tour of the holiday classic The Nutcracker.
ABB’s 2017 The Nutcracker annual production will visit five cities throughout the Northeast. The 2017 tour includes more than 500 young students, including 17 young dancers who will have the opportunity to portray the beloved role of Clara. These student dancers will have the opportunity to dance alongside the company’s 15 professional dancers as they bring this holiday classic to more than 7,000 delighted audience members.
ABB has been bringing this acclaimed production throughout the Northeast since 1974. This year the first stop of the tour will be at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, VT on November 25th and 26th for three performances. Following will be the beautiful Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA on December 2nd and 3rd for four shows. On December 9th ABB will perform two shows at The Egg at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY. The tour then heads east to Springfield, MA at Symphony Hall for two shows on December 16th before concluding the tour at Lawrence, MA with two shows on December 17th.
Fall 2017: NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM DANCES WITH THE ALBANY BERKSHIRE BALLET
Along with an educator from the Norman Rockwell Museum, Albany Berkshire Ballet showcased Norman Rockwell Museum Dances with the Albany Berkshire Ballet in 11 public elementary schools and 2 summer camps (the Boys and Girls Club & the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center) providing multi-disciplinary, interactive and engaging educational programming to reach students. And of course, our goal in arts in education outreach is to serve as many students as possible on our way to reach 20,000 students by the year 2020.
Spring 2017: NEW DANCE WORKS PROCESS AND PERFORMANCE
The Albany Berkshire Ballet (ABB) announces a new dance event Process and Performance on April 1st. Join the artists as they present innovative contemporary dance and engage the audience in their development, inspiration and choreographic process. This new dance works program is an artistic collaboration with the Albany Berkshire Ballet and local artists Mary Giannone Talmi, Christopher Amato and Vincent Brewer. In addition, the Williamstown event features a special guest performance by Erica Dankmeyer. Erica Dankmeyer is a dancer, choreographer and performed as a soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company from 1996-2006. She is currently the Artist in Residence of Dance at Williams College.
Process and Performance, New Dance Works by Mary Giannone Talmi, Christopher Amato and Vincent Brewer