Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet is perhaps one of the most exciting ballet companies in the country, with an eclectic repertory and some magnificently trained dancers. Founded in 2003 by Wal-Mart heiress Nancy Walton Laurie, CLCB has its roots in ballet, while its trunk and branches extend towards a more contemporary approach to movement and space. Athletic, eclectic, audacious, daring, and sophisticated, CLCB dancers impeccably interpret new choreographic work from a roster of bold artists who are commissioned to create pieces for them.
Artistic Director Benoit-Swan Pouffer, a former dancer with Alvin Ailey and Donald Byrd/The Group, has inspired the company to expand into many directions through his unique vision of dance. His own choreographic installations are created to break down the barriers between the audience and the dancers, opening up the theatrical experience to something both visceral and immediate. His expansion of the company’s repertoire to include sought after choreographers such as Alexander Ekman, Angelin Preljocaj, Ohad Naharin, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui makes for a consistently exciting and unpredictable evening of dance. On that note, Pointe Magazine has called CLCB the “edgiest, coolest ballet company in the country.”
Those of you who have seen the movie, “The Adjustment Bureau,” with Emily Blunt and Matt Damon have had a glimpse of Pouffer’s unique choreographic viewpoint in the scenes where Ms. Blunt’s character is dancing. Pouffer’s haunting “On This Planet,” with bodies swinging in unearthly grace and the company’s interpretation of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s “Orbo Novo” are a few more examples of CLCB’s dynamic presence in today’s dance scene.
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Information
- Public Transportation: Good for the CLCB (accessible by subway lines C and E at 23rd Street; and buses M11 and M23). All other venues vary
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: As well as presenting several works at their home in NYC, the company tours both nationally and internationally
- Ticket Prices: Varies widely.