In ‘Amour,’ classical meets contemporary

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Members of the Yale Undergraduate Ballet Company broke with tradition as they pliéd to Beyoncé and pirouetted to Kygo in the Off-Broadway Theater last Saturday.

A substantial leadership change, coupled with ambitious freshman recruits, allowed YUBC Artistic Directors Bella Berglund-Brown ’19 and Lance Chantiles-Wertz ’19 to revamp the company’s annual fall show, “Amour.” During last year’s performance, the organization spent half the show staging Tchaikovsky’s 19th-century “The Nutcracker Suite.” However, the group’s new president, Charlotte Brannon ’19, and directors executed an artistic pivot, dedicating “Amour” entirely to original pieces.

‘Arthur’ mixes ballet and myth

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Breaking: Yale’s sorcerers take on ballet.

The April 5 debut of “Arthur,” an original ballet by undergraduate Amymarie Bartholomew ’13, will mark the first time the story of King Arthur and his court at Camelot are performed as a ballet. The Yale Undergraduate Ballet Company will hold two performances of Bartholomew’s piece at the Co-Op Theater. By translating the text of King Arthur into dance, Bartholomew and YUBC will provide the audience with not only a unique ballet-viewing experience but also new perspective on the legend.

Undergrad opera breaks new ground with ‘Castor et Pollux’

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Nearly 70 Yale College students will come together this week to resurrect a show last performed in America before most of them were born.

The French baroque opera “Castor et Pollux” is a unique collaboration between the Opera Theater of Yale College and the Yale Undergraduate Ballet Company. OTYC Managing Director Ashby Cogan ’14 and “Castor’s” Musical Director Beau Gabriel ’14 said they hope that the production will serve to “raise the profile” of undergraduate opera on campus by showcasing the talent and opportunities available.

Securing a toehold for ballet at Yale

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spotting a gap in the Yale dance scene, a year-old group called the Yale Undergraduate Ballet Company is reaching out to ballet enthusiasts interested in an ensemble dedicated to the traditional style.

On Friday, the company will present the ballet “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” their first full-length performance, at the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School. Group members said the work is the culmination of two months of choreography design and rehearsal, and that they plan to follow it with one formal production annually.