Joyce Theater

The Joyce Theater and Argyros Performing Arts Center Present


A World Premiere Starring James Whiteside and Isabella Boylston

Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky


*Streaming for this work has already passed.

How to Watch Neo

This spring, we’re bringing together three of the biggest talents from American Ballet Theatre downtown to our Chelsea home for Neo, a world premiere digital duet. ABT Principal Dancers (and best friends) James Whiteside and Isabella Boylston take on their first post-quarantine collaboration in the brand-new choreography from ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. Based on the original score by Dai Fujikura the work is accompanied by live music from Sumie Kaneko. Filmed on our Joyce stage under the direction of Nel Shelby Productions, Neo is a joyous reunion of great artists honoring the ability to create—and celebrate each other. 

The tailor-made work for two begins its free 30-day streaming engagement on Monday, May 17 at 5pm ET. Immediately following the May 17 debut, tune in to the latest installment of “Dancing Dialogues,” our Joyce series of artist panel discussions. Moderated by Tony Award-winning director/choreographer and Joyce Theater Trustee Rob Ashford, join the artists for a post-stream discussion about the creation of Neo.

Stream the work and “Dancing Dialogues” chat on-demand through Wednesday, June 16 at 11:59pm ET. Revisit this page on Monday, May 17 at 5pm ET to access the free streaming.

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Music Credits

Neo by Dai Fujikura

By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., o/b/o G. Ricordi & Co.. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH.




Leadership support for The Joyce Theater Foundation has been provided by the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.

Leadership support for The Joyce’s presentation of dance is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Leadership support for The Joyce's annual programming is provided by Howard Gilman Foundation.

Dancing Dialogues is presented in part by First Republic.

Neo is a Joyce Theater Production created in part with the support of Haynes & Company.

Underwriting support for The Joyce's presentation of Neo provided by Michèle and Steve Pesner.

Special artist support for Neo provided by The Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund.

Programs of The Joyce are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council with special thanks to Speaker Corey Johnson; and made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Major support for The Joyce has been provided by Ford Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation.

Key support has been provided by National Endowment for the Arts, GKV Charitable Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts and its National Dance Project, and Jerome Robbins Foundation.

Neo is co-commissioned by Argyros Performing Arts Center with the support of Diane and Tom Smith.