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The Barre Project: Blake Works II

William Forsythe and CLI Studios bring you an exhilarating performance created for our remote era. Witness this intricate and demanding choreography performed by a company of world-class artists.
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Overview

In the midst of a pandemic that has swept the globe, leaving theatres dark and stages uninhabited, world-renowned choreographer William Forsythe and CLI Studios bring you The Barre Project (Blake Works II), an exhilarating virtual performance created for our remote era. Set to the music of contemporary singer-songwriter James Blake, Forsythe conceived the work as an homage to all the dancers worldwide who have recently been unable to access formal classes but have nonetheless sustained themselves by diligently doing ballet barre by any means possible. His classical, yet unpredictable choreography delights in revealing the extraordinary range of dynamic potential contained within that most primary feature of ballet training: barre. Witness this intricate and highly demanding choreography performed by a company of world-class artists from the realms of classical ballet and commercial dance: Tiler Peck, Lex Ishimoto, Brooklyn Mack, and Roman Mejia.

About

Tiler Peck is an award-winning Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet, an actress on film, stage and screen, a curator, author and fashion designer. She made her Broadway debut at age 11 and has continued to create at the highest levels across multiple disciplines. Tiler founded and taught a national daily ballet class #turnitoutwithTiler on her @tilerpeck Instagram account to keep dancers moving and connected during the pandemic. She believes that dance is a universal language that has the power to heal bodies and hearts and unite us all.

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Lex Ishimoto, the winner of So You Think You Can Dance Season 14, launched his professional career at the young age of eleven in his first national tour as Billy in “Billy Elliot the Musical''. He holds an impressive list of awards including two consecutive years of the Outstanding Choreography Award at the Youth American Grand Prix and the 2015 Los Angeles Regionals Youth American Grand Prix Award. Lex was awarded Elite Protégé of The Pulse On Tour, placed as a finalist at the National YoungArts Foundation, and was named Teen Male Best Dancer of the Year and Senior Male Best Dancer of the Year at the Dance Awards. Lex has been featured in Sia’s The Greatest and BeBe Rexha's I'm a Mess music videos. He has also been featured in two performances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Lex lives by his slogan “Stay Legendary,” and strives to push boundaries by honing various dance styles in classical ballet, commercial, concert, and hip-hop. Lex now tours internationally to teach and perform at various showcases and conventions.

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Roman Mejia is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas and began studying ballet at age 3 with his mother and father. At age 13, he entered the Mejia Ballet Academy. Mr. Mejia attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet, NYCB’s official school, in 2014 and 2015 before entering SAB full-time for the 2015 winter term. In August 2017, Mr. Mejia became an apprentice with NYCB, and he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in November 2017.

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Brooklyn Mack began his ballet training at age 12 at the Pavlovich Dance School in Elgin, South Carolina. At age 15, he received a full scholarship to study at The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. Mack joined the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago as an apprentice in 2004 and began training with ABT Studio Company in August 2005. He joined Orlando Ballet in 2006 and The Washington Ballet in 2009. In 2015, he became a guest artist with English National Ballet.

Mack’s repertoire has included Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Crassus in Fernando Bujones’s Spartacus, Basilio and Espada in Don Quixote, Conrad and Ali in Le Corsaire, Albrecht in Giselle, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and George Wilson in The Great Gatsby, as well as roles in Twyla Tharp’s Surfer At The River Styx, Nicolo Fonte’s Bolero Trey McIntyre’s A Day in the Life and Edwaard Liang’s La Ofrenda.

Mack’s awards include a silver medal at the 2006 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, the 2007 Princess Grace Awards fellowship, the silver prize at the 2009 Helsinki International Ballet Competition, the Grand Prix at the 2012 Istanbul International Ballet Competition and the Gold Medal at the 2012 Varna International Ballet Competition.

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Born and raised in New York, Forsythe was trained initially in Balanchine and Bournonville ballet techniques. He moved to Germany in 1973 to dance with the Stuttgart Ballet and subsequently became resident choreographer. In Frankfurt Germany he directed the Ballet Frankfurt at the opera house and the independent Forsythe Company, for 30 years. His work has been featured in the repertory of every major ballet company in the world and his installation works are currently presented by museums and visual arts organizations globally.

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The Barre Project: Blake Works II

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In the midst of a pandemic, William Forsythe and CLI Studios bring you an exhilarating performance created for our remote era. Forsythe's classical, yet unpredictable choreography reveals the extraordinary range of dynamic potential contained within that most primary feature of ballet training: barre. Witness this intricate and demanding choreography performed by a company of world-class artists.

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