Arch Contemporary Ballet

November 17–18, 2017

Black Box Theater

Arch Contemporary Ballet, in its mission to launch ballet and music to an inclusive 21st century audience, presents a triple bill by Artistic Director Sheena Annalise   with three performances Friday, November 17th – Saturday, November 18th at 8:00 pm.



Evening shows : 90 minutes

Accessible Saturday Matinee : 45 minutes


Friday, November 17th 8:00 pm

Saturday, November 18th 2:00 pm

(Accessible: Autism & ASL Friendly)

Saturday, November 18th 8:00 pm


$30 General Admission, $45 VIP

General Admission house opens at 7:45 pm.

VIP Tickets house opens at 7:30pm.

There will be an Autism Friendly & ASL Friendly performance on Saturday, November 18th at 2:00 pm as part of ACB’s Accessible Initiative.

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INNATE PRIMROSE// Premiered Mar 2017

“Intriguing, mesmeric, and hard to stop watching…. Personally, my first impression has me saying, Arch Contemporary B[allet]rilliant !” –THE DANCE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE

A light art installation floods the stage to set the tone for this eye-catching work filled with daring movement that expresses the natural state of humans’ carnal instincts in a 21st century environment. Inspired by how the hustle and bustle of millenials’ lives mask their basic primal instincts. Decadent uncanny movement creates a cutting-edge, thought provoking, and emotional ballet with an inventive piano score by Award-Winning composer Matthew AC Cohen.

YOUNG BLOOD (Excerpt)//Premiered Nov 2016

Sprightly, effervescent, with an infectious beat – this ballet plays on the idea of being forever young. The brass and percussive ensemble compliments the electric and free spirited movement inspired by childhood games . Four dancers energize the stage with a contagious music score by Matthew AC Cohen.

BETWEEN THE LINES// World Premiere

“Annalise’s pas de deux work is hypnotizing, as the intricate weaving of body parts and shapes of their figures come together as one body when they dance... fresh, innovative and insightful phrase-work. It was at one level visually impressive, even breathtaking” – DANCE INFORMA MAGAZINE

A fabric art structure moves similar to an abacus revealing peek a boos of this luscious and interesting pas de deux. It is a reflection of one’s personal thoughts about reading their significant other – and what needs to be deciphered between the lines. As the ballet goes on the windows of space open up the entire pas de deux as a resemblance of wisdom as time passes as a couple.



Founded in 2013, New York City’s Arch Contemporary Ballet was established with a bold spirit and innovative vision to create an artistic process that enhances the connection between ballet and music. All of ACB’s works are choreographed and completed in silence. Commissioned artists then create original music scores specifically for each repertoire program. In addition to her innovative way of joining movement and music, Artistic Director and choreographer, Sheena Annalise, challenges classicism with a cutting-edge approach to partnering, pairing women on pointe together as partners. ACB has performed across the country including the Paramount Theatre in Boston, Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, AZ, Marlene Boll Theatre in Detroit, New York City’s Sheen Center, and more. Learn more at


Artistic Director and choreographer, Sheena Annalise, at age 14, was honored to work with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance in “Equator Project”, nurturing her choreographic talent. She quickly found a distinct voice by creating innovative body lines and exploring her fascination with the connection between movement and music. In her early work she began to play with creating her own tempos, accents, and pauses in her ballets without the limitations of existing music. Looking to accentuate her silent yet rhythmic choreography, she developed her artistic process of commissioning artists to create music specifically to each repertoire program. Annalise spent 2012 mentoring with the Mark Morris Dance Group, when she then founded Arch Contemporary Ballet the following year. Through ACB she has received residencies and space grants throughout NYC and has been named a “Prodigy” by The Women’s Project.


Arch for Autism is an initiative for families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues to come together and enjoy the benefits of dance and music. Our goal is to make ballet and music accessible to all by including Autism Friendly performances during our performance season… Adjustments to the production include reduction of obscure lighting, shorter running time, and reduction of any sudden sounds. Plus, there will be areas in the lobby for quiet time or activities staffed with autism specialists for those who need to leave their seats during the performance.


Our initiative to bring ASL Friendly performances to the community started in May 2017 and continues to improve with each performance. We invite deaf artists to collaborate with us, provide interpreters at the theatre, and explore talk back Q&A with the cast and an interpreter. Everyone should be able to enjoy our performances and we are always looking for improvements in our program, if you are deaf or know anyone who is deaf please reach out to us at – we want to hear your feedback on our program!



Matthew A.C. Cohen has composed and performed around the globe and is a Remi Platinum Award winner for the short film”@Social #Connection”.  He attended Hofstra University, where he got a B.S. in Music Theory/Composition, with special interests in Film Scoring, Jazz Improvisation and arranging, and orchestration, and went on to get an MFA in Scoring for Media from Columbia College Chicago. He writes for network television shows, including “Reign” and “Vikings”, studio films including “Brick Mansions”, “The Funhouse Massacre”, and “Christmas Land”, and triple A video game titles including “Dragon Age: Inquisition”. He is a versatile and inventive musician and composer.