Ballet Festival - UNITE

Program Schedule and Casting

The Joyce Theater's Ballet Festival returns this summer with UNITE, a one-week celebration of the long bright line of ballet. Creatively directed and co-produced by Calvin Royal III, Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, this year's festival brings together a global community of distinguished artists from nine esteemed companies across five continents, spanning four generations, a beautiful array of ethnicities all to share and celebrate our collective humanity through dance. 

UNITE also connects the arc of ballet with the best of its present and future artists and master choreographers with works by Sir Kenneth Macmillan, George Balanchine, and Angelin Preljocaj and a selection of contemporary, New York and world-premiere works. Adding to the festival's allure, Royal debuts a self-choreographed solo alongside creations by fellow dancers of American Ballet Theatre, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Boston Ballet, and more. 

“As The Joyce represents ultimate artistry and dance legacy, it is important to me that the Festival evenings, taken together, honor the past; reflect the present; and extend to the future of what our art form can be,” says Royal.



Tue Aug 13 at 7:30pm, Thu Aug 15 at 8pm, Sat Aug 17 at 8pm, Sun Aug 18 at 2pm

Apollo Solo and Pas de Deux (Balanchine/Stravinsky)
Cast: Chyrstyn Fentroy, Calvin Royal III
Jacek Mysinski, piano; Kobi Malkin, violin

Night Pieces (Lyle/Schuman)
Cast: Kyra Coco, Ingrid Thoms, Duncan MacIlwain, Tristan Brosnan
Jacek Mysinski, piano

Untitled World Premiere Work (Aleisha Walker/Milstein)
Cast: Aleisha Walker
Kobi Malkin, violin

Suite of Dances (Whiteside/Rozzi) 
Cast: Isabella Boylston, James Whiteside
Jacek Mysinski, piano; Rozzi, vocals

Moonlight (Royal/Debussy)
Cast: Calvin Royal III
Jacek Mysinski, piano

Manon Bedroom Pas de Deux (MacMillan/Massenet)
Cast: Sae Eun Park, Paul Marque

Excerpts from Flight (Joo/Bach)
Cast: Herman Cornejo

Scheherazade Pas de Deux (King/Hussain)
Cast: Adji Cissoko, Shuaib Elhassan

Untitled World Premiere Work (Adriana Pierce/Israel)
Cast: Ingrid Thoms, Kyra Coco

Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky)
Cast: Chloe Misseldine, Calvin Royal III

Wed Aug 14 at 7:30pm, Fri Aug 16 at 8pm; Sat Aug 17 at 2pm, Sun Aug 18 at 7:30pm

Pas de Quatre (Trevino after Perrot/Pugni)
Cast: Dancers of Ballet Eloelle/Grandiva

Untitled Duet (My’Kal Stromile/Patton)
Cast: Tyson Ali Clark, Chyrstyn Fentroy

Excerpt from Le Parc (Preljocaj/Mozart)
Cast: Sae Eun Park, Paul Marque

Griot (Cissoko/Cissokho)
Cast: Adji Cissoko

Romeo & Juliet Balcony Pas de Deux (MacMillan/Prokofiev)
Cast: Isabella Boylston, Calvin Royal III
Jacek Mysinski, piano; Kobi Malkin, violin

Untitled World Premiere Work (Zhongjing Fang/Bosso)
Cast: Luigi Crispino

Dreamachine Pas de Deux (Lauren Lovette)
Cast: Jessica Feretti, Kenny Corrigan

Valse Masquerade (Farrar/Christian)
Cast: Crystal Huang

Touché (Rudd/Morricone & Woodkid)
Cast: Calvin Royal III, João Menegussi

*casting and programming subject to change

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Funding Credits

Lead support for The Joyce’s Ballet Festival provided by the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation. Lead underwriting support for The Joyce’s presentation of the Ballet Festival provided by Michèle & Steve Pesner and Peace. Underwriting support for The Joyce’s presentation of the Ballet Festival provided by Rick & Nurit Amdur.

Key support for Joyce Theater Productions is generously provided by the Monica B. Voldstad Fund for New Work.

Creation support has been generously provided by the Leadership for UNITE:  

Lead Production Sponsor: Sharon L. Patrick

Anonymous, Susan J Campbell, Leslie & Richard Curtis, Linda & Martin Fell, Elizabeth Anne Hartman, Judith M. Hoffman, Andrew Martin-Weber, Frances Morrissey, Linda & Edward Morse, Ellen Rosen, Robert A. Schulman, Carol & Jesse Schwartz, and Irene Shen.