“A brilliant partnership of dancers, choreographers and musicians where risk-taking is encouraged and process is a focal point” encapsulates the aspirations of the dance company BalletNext, founded by former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Michele Wiles and currently in residence at the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli. The troupe likes to explore the boundaries between classical ballet and cutting-edge culture, so one of the two “premiere previews” slated for its performance at Kaatsbaan this Saturday will feature Don’t Blink, a collaboration with Brooklyn Flex Dancing pioneer Jay Donn.
In addition, the program, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, will include the premiere preview of Apogee in 3, set to music by trumpeter and composer Tom Harrell. BalletNext will also perform a dance inspired by the Earth’s most southern city: Ushuaia, choreographed by Wiles to music by Heinrich Biber.
Tickets to BalletNext’s Saturday evening performance cost $30 for adults, $10 for children and are available online at https://www.kaatsbaan.org. Student rush tickets will be available at the door for $10. The Kaatsbaan International Dance Center is located at 120 Broadway in Tivoli.