Saratoga Performing Arts Center today launched a new project: the rollout of a series of ballet videos that were choreographed and shot throughout Saratoga Springs and Troy by New York City Ballet dancers and choreographers Emily Kikta and Peter Walker. The videos will be released every morning for the next eight days on SPAC’s website and social media channels until the New York City Ballet’s opening on July 5.
Today’s video features a dance performance by New York City Ballet Dancers at the Saratoga Train Station. Locations for future videos include the Gasholder Building, Yaddo, the race course, Congress Park and Saratoga Lake.
The project was an initiative of Elizabeth Sobol, the president and CEO of SPAC, and stems from her view that moving classical art forms off the stage and into everyday environments creates new entry points for people.
“That was the goal behind asking Emily and Peter to lead this project. With the help of several of their talented New York City Ballet colleagues, they created videos that capture the beauty of dance, freed from traditional boundaries,” said Sobol.
The other New York City Ballet dancers featured in the videos include Devin Alberda, Meaghan Dutton-O’Hara, Mimi Staker, Sebastian Villarini-Velez, Sarah Villwock and Giovanni Villalobos.
“We are very excited to share our approach to capturing dance on camera and highlighting how Saratoga inspired our work. We hope these videos convey the special connection and rich history New York City Ballet shares with SPAC,” said Kikta and Walker.