Alba Castillo
Juliano Nunes
Andrew Winghart

New Works
for a New World

February 3-12, 2022
The Perelman Theater
Three world premieres from today’s most regarded choreographers.

Tickets start at $50

From pandemics to protests: our world has undergone a number of dramatic transformations over the course of the last year.

History’s greatest artistic achievements have emerged from tremendous hardship. After all, the Renaissance followed the Black Plague. As our world emerges from the challenges of the last year, we have invited three esteemed choreographers to develop new works that reflect on this unique moment in history. These contemporary works promise to showcase today’s most promising talents, including award-winning choreographer Alba Castillo, whose works are emotionally rich and visually impactful, resulting in deeply moving performances. Also featuring new work from Juliano Nunes and Andrew Winghart.


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Performances By Date

Feb 3 - 12, 2022

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Alba Castillo
Juliano Nunes
Andrew Winghart

Alba Castillo

Award-winning female choreographer Alba Castillo’s innovative and evocative works are emotionally rich and visually impactful, resulting in deeply moving performances.

Born in Valencia, Spain, Alba began her dance career at the age of 17 with Teatres de la Generalitat Valenciana dance company. In 2007, she joined the CompanÞia Nacional de Danza under the leadership of Nacho Duato, and after, she was a soloist with the Ballet Theater Basel. During her dance career Alba has originated roles in and performed in works by world renowned choreographers such as Hofesh Shchter, Sharon Eyal, Johan Inger, Alexander Ekman, Ohad Naharin and others.

Alba began her career as a choreographer in 2012 and has won numerous awards for her works at international choreography competitions (Copenhagen, Hanover, Beijing, etc.)

Alba has created original works for Scapino Ballet Rotterdam(Netherlands) and OpeÌra National du Rhin (France). With upcoming commissions for, Pennsylvania Ballet (USA), Ballet Bremerhaven (Germany), Theater St.Gallen (Switzerland) and Austinmer Dance Theatre (Australia).

Juliano Nunes

Juliano Nunes, born in 1990, trained at the Brazilian Dance Conservatory in Rio de Janeiro before furthering his studies at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts and completing an apprenticeship with the Karlsruhe Ballet. His professional career began the following year, when he was hired by the company. His need for discovery took him to the Ballet Hagen in Germany, and he went on to join Gauthier Dance, also in Germany, for two years.

After a season at the Leipzig Opera Ballet, Nunes joined the Royal Ballet Flanders, under the direction of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. He has worked with, among others: Akram Kahn, Ohad Naharin, Merce Cunningham, William Forsythe, Jonah Bokaer, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Hans van Manen, and Yury Grigorovich, always fueling his curiosity while at the same time acquiring experience and a versatility that make him unique among contemporary dancers.

Nunes has also been successful as a choreographer. In 2017 he created Back Forward Back for Ballet Flanders, which he presented the same year at the 31st International Competition for Choreographers Hanover. Nunes has gone on to receive critical acclaim for his own choreography and has created pieces for the Royal Ballet in London, Nederlands Dans Theatre 2, Acosta Danza, Philadelphia Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Mariinsky Theatre, Ballet Zürich Opera House, Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Staatstheater Hannover, Origen Festival Cultural, and Teatro San Carlo. Nunes has also contributed choreography for the hit Netflix series Tiny Pretty Things.

Andrew Winghart

Andrew Winghart is a choreographer & director known for unique and high-energy compositions.

He’s created live performances for The Academy Awards, Cirque du Soleil, and numerous world pop tours, collaborating with artists such as Lorde, Solange, Billie Eilish, Muse, & Khalid.  His work has been recognized by the Criterion Collection, Sundance Film Festival, and SXSW among others.

Originally from Wisconsin, Andrew attended the University of Southern California on a full academic scholarship where he studied Business & Cinema.

Costume Designers

Christine Darch
Mikaela Kelly

Christine Darch

Christine Darch designs and builds costumes and sets for choreographers Julia Adam, Jennifer Archibald, Karen Burke, Val Caniparoli, Robert Dekkers, Jorma Elo, Nicolo Fonte, Adam Hougland, Jae Man Joo, Wubkje Kuindersma, James Kudelka, Gabrielle Lamb, Edwaard Liang, Stephanie Martinez, Stephen McMahon, Matthew Neenan, David Palmer, David Parsons, Gina Patterson, Caili Quan, Brian Reeder, Dwight Rhoden, Amy Seiwert, Merián Soto, Septime Webre, and Yin Yue. She has been commissioned by Alvin Ailey, Arizona, Astana, Atlanta, Ballet West, BalletX, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Colorado, Complexions, Dayton, Gibney, Hawaii, Houston, Imagery, Israel, Kansas City, Marin, Memphis, Milwaukee, Nice Méditerranée, Oklahoma City, Oregon, Parsons Dance, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Post, Sacramento, San Francisco, Singapore, Smuin, Tulsa and Washington Ballet. She is the resident costume designer for Complexions Contemporary Ballet and lives in East Northport, NY with acclaimed classical American ballet composer Matthew Pierce.

Mikaela Kelly

Mikaela Kelly is from New York, N.Y. and began her dance training at The American Ballet Theatre School where she studied for five years and in that time also completed her certification in ABT’s National Training Curriculum for Teachers. In 2018, she graduated from The Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and moved to the Netherlands for three years to dance with Nederlands Dans Theater 2. Mikaela currently lives in Basel, Switzerland where she dances for Theater Basel and has begun designing costumes for choreographers in the dance and theater industries, most notably for some of Juliano Nunez’s latest works. Over her dance career Mikaela has performed works by many choreographers including: Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Sol Leon & Paul Lightfoot, Nacho Duato, Sharon Eyal, Marco Goecke, Alexander Ekman, Johan Inger,  Marcos Morau, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Yoann Bourgeois, Bryan Arias, Alexi Ratmansky and George Balanchine. Mikaela is a 2017 Princess Grace Award Winner in dance.

Lighting Designer

Lukas Marian

Lukas Marian

Lukas Marian was born in Bern (CH) in 1995 and grew up in a Swiss artistic family. Fascinated by the dance productions at Theater Basel (CH) under the leadership of Richard Wherlock, Marian made friends with the Basel
Ballet Ensemble during his studies as an event specialist and began to supervise his own dance projects in terms of lighting and sound. Among other things, Marian worked on lighting designs for pieces by young choreographers such as Frank Fannar Pedersen and Jorge Garcia Pérez,
which were seen on various Swiss stages, not least at Theater Basel. Since the end of 2018, Lukas Marian has been an integral part of the production team of New York choreographer Bryan Arias and Spanish choreographer Alba Castillo as lighting designer, as well as set designer. His lighting methods are characterized by aesthetic finesse, the special use of darkness as a lighting medium, and the dynamic interplay between movement and light. Often astonishingly subtle and precise, his light spaces create an expansive poetic framework.

Lukas Marian’s work is performed internationally and has been developed with the following dance companies:
«Ballett Basel» (CH)
«Bolshoi Ballett» (RU)
«Ballet d l’opéra national du Rhin» (FR)
«Ballett Eisenach» (DE)
«Nürnberger Ballett» (DE)
«Ballett Bern» (CH)
«Gibney Company» (USA)


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