Inspired by Wiseman’s landmark documentary celebrating its 50th Anniversary, Titicut Follies, The Ballet a new full-length ballet, is a collaboration that was initiated at The Center for Ballet and the Arts (CBA) at New York University in fall 2014 when Wiseman was a Fellow there. Wiseman and James Sewell met through CBA and this is the first public presentation of a ballet incubated there, an important milestone in CBA’s efforts to encourage new work that expands the field of ballet and its connection to contemporary life. Legendary composer Lenny Pickett is creating the original score for the piece with production design by Steven Rydberg.
Wiseman’s documentary was shot in the Bridgewater Institute for the criminally insane and provided a controversial and candid perspective of the daily realities of mental illness, incarceration and our innate sense of individualism in any circumstance. As with the film, the ballet is organized around an inmate and staff annual tradition at Bridgewater; its variety show “The Titicut Follies”.
Content Advisory: Titicut Follies, The Ballet includes adult themes. This piece is best suited for mature audiences.