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BARNEYS NEW YORK — The Window & Anne Demeulemeester / Ritornare

Leap Of Faith: Emery LeCrone Leads A New Generation Of Dancers.

Known for her boundary-breaking style of ballet, choreographer Emery LeCrone, along with two of her company’s dancers, evoke the dark romance of Ann Demeulemeester.

Led by a young woman in the process of transforming her life’s work into a business, the Emery LeCrone Dance company is a place where artistic development and collaboration are encouraged. There are many sides to Emery LeCrone the person, as we learned while capturing her and two of the dancers in her company, Shane Ohmer and Izabela Szylinska, right before the frenzy of ballet season’s start. Professional dancer for the Metropolitan Opera, choreographer, artistic director, leader, self-motivator, careful strategist—and she embodies them all with the grace of a classically trained ballerina and the audacity of an artist seeking her place in a competitive landscape. 

LeCrone founded her dance company two years ago, with the goal of providing a home for the creation of innovative new dance pieces in an environment that also preserves classic dance repertoire. She often brings in the complimentary elements of fashion design and live music to her performances. “I love having these extra layers and seeing all the small details come together to create a larger experience,” says Emery. “The lights, costumes, and musicians are all very carefully crafted. They become a part of the choreographed work and offer the audience further insight into the piece.” 

Images by Mikael Kennedy.

Images by Mikael Kennedy.

ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Embellished Belt-Back Blouse / ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Shimmer Cropped Skinny Jeans / ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Suede Lace-Up Boots

Izabela Szylinska and Shane Ohmer perform Ritornare.

Photographed by Mikael Kennedy / Hair by Jennifer Brent / Makeup by Colby Smith. Ritornare Composed by Ludovico Einaudi Published by G. Schirmer, Inc. (ASCAP) o/b/o Chester Music Ltd. (PRS)



 It’s these considerations, that make the company’s performances, like  Ritornare ( rehearsed on set at our shoot and performed over the summer at The Joyce Theater) stand out. “I am fascinated by the way the body moves,” Emery says. “Individuals translate emotion differently with various movements and energy. People come to see a live performance because they want to connect to something real.”  Ritornare  is a subtle, simple piece that makes you feel like you’re part of it. The duet between dancers Shane Ohmer and Izabela Szylinska—they could be you. “The way that Shane and Izabela listen and respond to each other in  Ritornare , it’s very sensitive and honest. They each carry a responsibility to support each other in the relationship. When they are performing it’s almost like you are constantly waiting for what will happen next,” says Emery of the duo she brought together.

It’s these considerations, that make the company’s performances, like Ritornare (rehearsed on set at our shoot and performed over the summer at The Joyce Theater) stand out. “I am fascinated by the way the body moves,” Emery says. “Individuals translate emotion differently with various movements and energy. People come to see a live performance because they want to connect to something real.” Ritornare is a subtle, simple piece that makes you feel like you’re part of it. The duet between dancers Shane Ohmer and Izabela Szylinska—they could be you. “The way that Shane and Izabela listen and respond to each other in Ritornare, it’s very sensitive and honest. They each carry a responsibility to support each other in the relationship. When they are performing it’s almost like you are constantly waiting for what will happen next,” says Emery of the duo she brought together.

 Wearing the  Ann Demeulemeester  Fall ’15 collection, the dancers embody the moody and muted tones, powerful clean lines, and technically advanced fabrications—including  stretch leather pants  that fit like second skin and allow for movement ranging from delicate to gymnastic, set to composer Ludovico Einaudi’s pensive piano meditation.“Working as a professional dancer is challenging. There is always the responsibility to maintain your facility and to keep training. Ballet class, conditioning, physical therapy, massage, and other upkeep is important in being able to perform and demonstrate at a top level. The main challenge for me right now as a choreographer is continuing to receive commissions for my work and create opportunities for the talented dancers in my company.”

Wearing the Ann Demeulemeester Fall ’15 collection, the dancers embody the moody and muted tones, powerful clean lines, and technically advanced fabrications—including stretch leather pants that fit like second skin and allow for movement ranging from delicate to gymnastic, set to composer Ludovico Einaudi’s pensive piano meditation.“Working as a professional dancer is challenging. There is always the responsibility to maintain your facility and to keep training. Ballet class, conditioning, physical therapy, massage, and other upkeep is important in being able to perform and demonstrate at a top level. The main challenge for me right now as a choreographer is continuing to receive commissions for my work and create opportunities for the talented dancers in my company.”

ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Crisscrossed-Back Sleeveless Gown / AURÉLIE BIDERMANN Esteban Cuff

ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Crisscrossed-Back Sleeveless Gown / AURÉLIE BIDERMANN Esteban Cuff

“To be commissioned for American Ballet Theater or New York City Ballet has always been a dream of mine. Working with a visionary composer on an original piece, and fashion designers who want to collaborate on future projects…The list is long. To get to see these dancers continue to develop and to influence and inform my work is a gift. The art form is very fragile and fleeting, so I would be lucky if I am still able to be dancing, choreographing, and creating new work as much as I am right now in 10 years or more.”

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 “I had originally performed  Ritornare  with Shane, but I couldn’t articulate the dance vocabulary the same way I choreographed it in my mind. Hiring dancers, you can step outside your head and see the vision come to life more clearly sometimes. For me, Shane has been a great partner to dance with for years. He’s grounded, yet has an ease about him. Izabela is better suited for  Ritornare  than I am. She’s lyrical and birdlike, like an otherworldly creature with an endless extension of line.”

“I had originally performed Ritornare with Shane, but I couldn’t articulate the dance vocabulary the same way I choreographed it in my mind. Hiring dancers, you can step outside your head and see the vision come to life more clearly sometimes. For me, Shane has been a great partner to dance with for years. He’s grounded, yet has an ease about him. Izabela is better suited for Ritornare than I am. She’s lyrical and birdlike, like an otherworldly creature with an endless extension of line.”