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From trick-cycling and acrobatics to ballet to music with a message and much more, the Schimmel has back-to-back-to-back performances for you.

ABT Studio Company
Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.

The New York Times called the ABT Studio Company, “a little bit like fireworks,” and they are returning to the Schimmel for a fourth year. Created to train young dancers entering the American Ballet Theatre’s main company or other leading national and international professional ballet companies, ABT Studio Company is widely recognized and renowned for their excellence.

The Nile Project
Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Curated by Isabel Soffer/, the Nile Project collective brings together young master musicians from throughout the Nile Basin to create new music that weaves together the pointed melodies and deep grooves of Ethiopia with the Arab classical traditions of Egypt and Sudan, and the rarely heard rhythms and melodies of Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda with today's musical heritage alive in Kenya. The result is a lively stage performance that captures a new sound with origins as old as the river's folklore. Representing the rich diversity of Nile Basin cultures, the collective's vocalists sing in 11 different languages.

The Peking Acrobats
Saturday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Peking Acrobats perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; they are experts at trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control. In this full-length program, they push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity and incredible balancing feats, showcasing tremendous skill and ability. They are masters of agility and grace. The matinee show is specifically geared towards a younger audience.

Ghazal Ensemble
Sunday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.

This highly influential group has toured the world over to critical acclaim and is lauded for creating an original, delicate Indo-Persian fusion blending their two distinctive classical music traditions: the Persian dastgah and North Indian raga. The Ghazal Ensemble, featuring Iran’s kamancheh (spiked fiddle) master Kayhan Kalhor and India’s sitar (stringed lute) virtuoso Shujaat Husain Khan, continue their longtime Persian and Indian collaboration along with master tabla (percussion) player Sandeep Das.

TAKE Dance
Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary New York season, TAKE Dance has been praised for its exciting, powerful movement and its unusual sensitivity. Since 2005, Takehiro Ueyama, artistic director of TAKE Dance has been creating distinctive work that articulates a “harmonious Eastern aesthetic with spirited athletic energies.” By making bold choices in movement, musical selections, and subject matter, TAKE Dance is not only seen but rather, fully experienced. Takehiro Ueyama presents his latest evening length premiere created with the music of Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow John Eaton entitled "There and Here," exploring the nature of life after life.

$10 student balcony tickets are available for advance purchase in person at the box office. Student rush orchestra tickets are available for purchase at the box office on the day of the performance (subject to availability). For more info, visit