Performance Opportunities

Each year, Juilliard Dance presents some 15 public performances, including:

  • New Dances: Each fall, four choreographers are brought in to create new works—one for each class of dancers.

  • Juilliard Dances Repertory (sometimes called Spring Repertory): Master works of classic repertory are set on the second-, third-, and fourth-year dancers. Recent repertory concerts have included works by Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Nacho Duato, Eliot Feld, Twyla Tharp, José Limón, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, and Paul Taylor.

  • Composers and Choreographers ("ChoreoComp"): Each fall, six third-year dancers are selected to create new works in collaboration with music composition students.

  • Senior Production: With faculty mentorship, fourth-year students produce, choreograph and perform the concert, while third-year dancers serve as stage managers, lighting designers, and dancers.

  • Student Choreography Workshops: Eight times per year, students may present their own work in an informal setting.

  • Choreographic Honors: At the end of the spring semester, selected works of student choreography are presented on the main stage as part of a concert that includes the first-year dancers performing excerpts from the classic José Limón work, Missa Brevis.

  • Senior Showcase: This performance serves as a graduation concert for the fourth-year students. Each student performs a solo or duet of his or her choosing. 

  • Additional Collaborations: Additional collaborations and off-campus performing opportunities are common for Juilliard Dance. Recent examples include performance in the Guggenheim Works & Process series, at the Chicago Dancing Festival, as part of the Edinburgh Festival, in New York City Center’s Fall for Dance series, and with Juilliard Opera.

Juilliard Dances Repertory 2016

The goal of Juilliard Dances Repertory is to challenge students to take on roles in established dance classics. The experience of performing in time-tested roles is vastly different from that of being part of a dance during the creative process. The challenge is to serve the choreographer's original intent, designed in another time and place on another's body, while keeping the movement as alive as when it was first danced.

In Spring 2016, Juilliard Dances Repertory featured three works: Roses by Paul Taylor, Moves by Jerome Robbins, and Symphony of Psalms by Jiří Kylián. 

Spotlight on Juilliard Dances Repertory 2015

The 2015 edition of Juilliard Dances Repertory featured performances of Martha Graham's Dark Meadow (1946) and Merce Cunningham's BIPED (1999). You can also learn more about Martha Graham's legacy in the Juilliard Open Studios app.

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New Dances 2015

New Dances 2015 featured choreographers Helen Simoneau (first-year dancers), Aszure Barton (second-year dancers), Zvi Gotheiner (third-year dancers); and Kyle Abraham (fourth-year dancers).

The annual rite of passage that is New Dances—a highlight of the dance season—is underway. Each year, four choreographers arrive at Juilliard in the fall and start working with one class apiece, creating a new dance from scratch for the students. In early November, we asked the choreographers and/or their assistants as well one student from each class to sum up either the experience or the choreography in three words and to write a bit about that day’s creative process— and how it was and wasn’t like other rehearsals they’ve had.

Read more in The Juilliard Journal.

New Dances: First and Second Years

First-year dancers (class of 2019) performed Strange Garden, choreographed by Helen Simoneau, at New Dances 2015. Second-year dancers (class of 2018) performed Return to Patience, choreographed by Aszure Barton, for New Dances 2015. Follow Aszure Barton's creative process on the Juilliard Open Studios app

New Dances: Third and Fourth Years

Third-year dancers (class of 2017) presented the world-premiere of choregrapher Zvi Gotheiner's Vivo Rota, and fourth-year dancers (class of 2016) premiered Kyle Abraham's non sequitur paramour.

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