|Photo: Henry Leutwyler|
Here is my Q and A with Troy:
Me: What does BalletCollective mean to you?
Troy: BalletCollective is a venue for artists to collaborate as equals. It’s an opportunity for me, as a developing choreographer, to work with other artists across genres to be influenced and influence others. On the other hand, it’s an amazing opportunity for me to learn how to run a non-profit organization from the ground up. It’s a fascinating learning experience that puts me in touch with the amazing people that make ballet possible.
What do you enjoy about working with your collaborators?
Every time I participate in this process, it’s life changing and makes me think differently about both ballet and the other art forms that go into making our ballets possible. This season had an even greater effect on me. Working with Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Cynthia Zarin and Brandon Baker over the past nine months has been an amazing experience and I’m honored that they’ve devoted an amount of energy above and beyond what I expected.
So many things! But, above all, you can’t have a ballet without dancers. I’m so fortunate to be working with such an amazing group of dancers. Each of them is individual and strong, both as people and dancers. I’m very inspired by them and I owe so much to the hard work and hours they put into making BalletCollective possible! I strive to make them all look more like themselves and to give them each movements that make us all understand them more.
I love to cook. It’s an amazing way to unwind-- chopping vegetables. But I can’t always commit to a full meal after six hours in the studio, so lately I’ve been settling for just salad dressing and Seamless Web.
I would say, bowing after our first [BalletCollective] performances as Satellite Ballet in NYC. It was such a huge accomplishment to start a non-profit and present a performance in New York that, when the show ended, I was overcome with emotion, which was something I hadn’t experienced at that level before.
There’s something very meditative about sitting down at the piano. It’s just me and this amazing instrument, and it takes a lot of focus, which clears my mind.
I wish I had the time right now. A book that I recently read and loved was Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve.
The past few months, I’ve been in real focus mode, listening mostly to the music I’ve been choreographing to. But, last week I indulged with a little Robin Thicke, Daft Punk, and Hunter Hayes.
I would love to be a hawk. These are creatures that instantly mesmerize me: to be able to fly so effortlessly. If that wasn’t an option, I’d opt for shark, mainly so I wouldn’t be so scared in the ocean!
Ah! So many. But, I really can’t ignore Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, for inspiring me to continue dancing.
I love to paint.
Troy has been working on BalletCollective's 2013 New York season for the past nine plus months. While dancing at New York City Ballet he often is wearing multiple hats: director, choreographer, collaborator, dancer, fundraiser, secretary, etc. to make this non-profit ballet company thrive. I don't know how he does it!
Troy is so excited to see his hard work and dedication unfold onto the Joyce stage next Wednesday (and Thursday)! As a dancer in his company, and also his fiancée, the butterflies are building as we are only 2 days away until the big day! I hope we make him proud!