Stefanie Batten Bland

American Ballet Theatre Studio Company & Stefanie Batten Bland


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WORLD PREMIERE: SUN, JAN 27, 2019; SUN, JAN 26, 2020; SAT, FEB 15 & SUN, FEB 16, 2020

For two weeks in January 2019, contemporary dance-theater choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland hunkered down in the Rubenstein Arts Center’s airy state-of-the-art “Dance Cube” studio with the American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT’s) Studio Company, the organization’s pre-professional program made up of twelve young adult dancers. Commissioned to create a three-part ballet for the company as part of ABT’s Women’s Movement initiative, Batten Bland guided the dancers through improvisational prompts to build a short work exploring the literal and theoretical realms of monuments: how they are constructed, deactivated, and repurposed, within and outside ballet.

Local audiences had opportunities to observe Batten Bland’s work-in-progress, monuMEnts, at the Rubenstein Arts Center on January 27, 2019, January 26, 2020, and most recently, February 15 & 16, 2020. These public showings are the first two parts of the Studio Company’s three-part residency that will culminate in a half-evening-length ballet, scheduled to have its world premiere at Duke in March 2021.


The American Ballet Theatre residency is made possible, in part, with support from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and the Jenny L. Semans Koortbojian Trust in coordination with Duke Arts—Office of the Vice Provost of the Arts. The 2019/20 season’s “Ballet Futures” initiative is made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.