Dance works created by the following choreographers will be featured in performances on July 27 and 28.

George Balanchine

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, George Balanchine (1904-1983) is regarded as the foremost contemporary choreographer in the world of ballet. He came to the United States at age 29 in late 1933, having accepted an invitation from young American arts patron Lincoln Kirstein (1907-96) to create a ballet company and academy in America.  The pair founded the School of American Ballet in 1934 and eventually, after forming and dissolving several companies, launched the New York City Ballet in 1948. In his career, Balanchine created 400 dance works and served as NYCB ballet master and principal choreographer until his death in 1983. He also created works for films, operas, revues, and musicals.

Works from Mr. Balanchine’s Chaconne and Allegro Brilliante ballets will be performed.


Melissa Barak

Melissa Barak was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She trained at the Westside School of Ballet and the School of American Ballet. She was a member of the New York City Ballet company from 1998 to 2007, but also explored her choreographic talents there. She created a work for the first New York Choreographic Institute at age 22.

Ms. Barak’s American Trio will be featured in the performance.


Austin Goodwin

Austin Goodwin is a 23 year old native of Dallas, Texas. . He is a Young Arts alumni of Juilliard as well as a 2010 Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Mr. Goodwin has been performing in Punchdrunk’s New York production of Sleep No More since 2012 and been featured in music videos. His choreographic work has been performed at The Gusman Theatre in Miami as well as The Kennedy Center.

A new work created by Mr. Goodwin will make its world premiere at this year’s festival.


Jean Christophe Maillot

Born in 1960 in Tours, France, Jean-Christophe Maillot studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire National de Région de Tours and the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes until winning the Prix de Lausanne in 1977. He danced for the Hamburg Ballet until an accident ended his dancing career. In 1993, he became Director-Choreographer at the Ballets de Monte-Carlo.

A pas de deux from Mr. Maillot’s Cendrillon will be performed.


Crystal Pite

Crystal Pite is a Canadian choreographer and dancer. She began her career at Ballet British Columbia and then joined Ballett Frankfurt under the tutelage of William Forsythe. Upon returning to Vancouver she focused on choreographing while continuing to dance in her own pieces. She has been Sadler’s Wells’ associate choreographer and her work premiered at the 2015 Pan American Games.

A pas de deux from her ballet Emergence will be featured in the performances.


Pam Tanowitz

Dance works by Pam Tanowitz have been performed all over the country. She has received a Bessie and Foundation for Contemporary Arts awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. Her work was selected by The New York Times Best of Dance series in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. She holds dance degrees from The Ohio State University and Sarah Lawrence College, and currently teaches at Rutgers University.


Stanton Welch

Australian native Stanton Welch is the child of dancers Marilyn Jones and Garth Welch. He began training at age 17 and attended the San Francisco Ballet School. He began dancing with The Australian Ballet in 1989, choreographed his first work for the company in 1990 and was named resident choreographer in 1995. He has been artistic director of the Houston Ballet since 2003.

A pas de deux from Mr. Welch’s Madame Butterfly will be performed.


Christopher Wheeldon

English choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet where he both trained and danced early in his career. In 1993 he joined New York City Ballet, created his first work for NYCB in 1997 and became the company’s first Resident Choreographer in 2001. In 2007, he founded Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and was the first British choreographer to create a new work for the Bolshoi Ballet.

Mr. Wheeldon’s ballet Liturgy will be featured in the performances.