"All That We See", "Dear and Blackbirds", "The Last Time This Ended", "Invisible Divide"
NYU Skirball Center
New York, NY
November 4, 2015
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2015 by Mary Cargill
Troy Schumacher's BalletCollective is a company of seven dancers from the New York City Ballet, where Schumacher also dances. Obviously they all have day jobs, but the performances of this young company (founded in 2010) are not those of a casual pick-up group. Schumacher has a unique voice and he uses his supremely talented dancers with imagination and integrity, showing them off physically with stretchy but not distorted phrases and using their personal qualities to create oblique and intriguing dramas. The collective aspect refers to both the dancers and to his collaborators: poets, photographers and musicians whom he uses as a springboard for his works. Unlike so many younger choreographers he is not afraid of emotions--his dancers are not twitchy little cogs in a badly oiled machine--and his works tend to be meditations on young love, alienation and friendship. These are youthful emotions and if at times watching the company can feel like being involved in a long dorm-room discussion, the conversations are generally interesting and unexpected.
"All That We See" Photo © Matthew Murphy.