Katy Pyle re-imagines ballet culture through an intersectional queer feminist lens. Pyle’s company, Ballez, uses the gendered vocabulary of classical ballet in unexpected combinations to create large-scale projects that celebrate complex contemporary queer identities, making space for diverse representation within ballet’s traditionally exclusionary culture. Major works include “The Firebird, a Ballez,” Danspace Project (2013), “Variations on Virtuosity” American Realness (2015), and “Sleeping Beauty & the Beast,” La Mama (2016). Pyle choreographed “Slavic Goddesses,” at the Kitchen (January, 2017) for artist Paulina Olowska. The company has been supported by the Jerome Foundation, Mertz Gilmore, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Mount Tremper Arts, and over 1500 individual donors. Pyle has brought Ballez to Yale, Princeton, Sarah Lawrence and NYU, Whitman College, Bowdoin College, and Beloit College. The Ballez has been featured in the New York Times, Dance Magazine, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, Bust Magazine, and on NBC. Pyle teaches Ballez Class regularly at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and on faculty at Eugene Lang College. ballez.org   

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