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Performing Arts

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Kyle Abraham's Are You in Your Feelings Photo by Paul Kolnik

The Foundation values and celebrates human expression in all forms

The Foundation supports a number of iconic performing arts institutions to advance a wide variety of music, dance and drama.

Our backing has enabled artists and performers of all ages and abilities to pursue their ambitions, ensuring institutions leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

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Gaby Diaz, Byron Tittle, Jeanette Delgado, and Jonathan Fahoury in rehearsal for Illinois. Photo by Maria Baranova, courtesy Blake Zidell & Associates.

Beneficiaries

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Swan Lake – B+

Photo by Rosalie O’Connor, courtesy of American Ballet Theatre

American Ballet Theatre

Founded in 1939, the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) is one of the greatest dance companies in the world. The Foundation has provided significant support over the years for the ABT’s ongoing operations.

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Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey's Revelations. Photo by Paul Kolnik 2021

Alvin Ailey

The Foundation provides scholarships for students at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which offers world-class, diversified dance training for students 3 to 25 years old. The Foundation also backs the company’s development of artistic and educational programs, its Choreography Unlocked Festival, and provides significant ongoing support.

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Carnegie Hall

The Blavatnik Family First Tier. Photo by Fadi Kheir

Carnegie Hall

In 2016, the Foundation gave $25 million to support the growth of Carnegie Hall's artistic, educational, and digital initiatives over the next decade. In honor of the gift, Carnegie Hall’s first-level seating tier in its historic main auditorium was named the Blavatnik Family First Tier.

The Foundation was a Founding Patron of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States, a program created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in 2013.

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Fisher centre

The Richard B. Fisher Center at Bard College. Photo by Noah Sheldon

Fisher Center

The Foundation supported the Fisher Center’s 2023 production of “Illinois”, choreographed by Justin Peck, as part of the Fisher Center's 20th anniversary season.

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Jacob’s Pillow

Chanel DaSilva. Photo by Christopher Duggan.

Jacob’s Pillow

The Foundation provides active support to Jacob’s Pillow, home to America’s longest-running international dance festival and a 220-acre National Historic Landmark.

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Lincoln Center

www.lincolncenter.org

Lincoln Center

The Foundation has provided funds to The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to establish the Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance, and to support the center’s artistic and outreach programming.

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National-Theatre

www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

The National Theatre

As part of the Blavatnik Family Foundation’s dedication to fostering performing arts, it has given significant and long-standing support to The National Theatre in London—the world-renowned centre for theatre across more than 400 years, and a creative leader in all its forms.

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NYB

www.nycballet.com

New York City Ballet

The Foundation is a substantial, long-time supporter of the New York City Ballet, supporting the NYCB’s performances and operations. In 2024, the Foundation will support NYCB's 'Mixed Bill' at Sadler's Wells, in London.

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The Public Theater

For years, the Foundation has supported new and ongoing productions at The Public Theater in New York, as well as the theater’s operations.

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The Royal Opera House

Over two decades the Foundation has been a regular supporter of all aspects of the work and output of Royal Opera House, and with a special emphasis on ballet and gala occasions.

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Swan Lake – B+

Photo by Rosalie O’Connor, courtesy of American Ballet Theatre

American Ballet Theatre

Founded in 1939, the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) is one of the greatest dance companies in the world. The Foundation has provided significant support over the years for the ABT’s ongoing operations.

More Information
Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey's Revelations. Photo by Paul Kolnik 2021

Alvin Ailey

The Foundation provides scholarships for students at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which offers world-class, diversified dance training for students 3 to 25 years old. The Foundation also backs the company’s development of artistic and educational programs, its Choreography Unlocked Festival, and provides significant ongoing support.

More Information
Carnegie Hall

The Blavatnik Family First Tier. Photo by Fadi Kheir

Carnegie Hall

In 2016, the Foundation gave $25 million to support the growth of Carnegie Hall's artistic, educational, and digital initiatives over the next decade. In honor of the gift, Carnegie Hall’s first-level seating tier in its historic main auditorium was named the Blavatnik Family First Tier.

The Foundation was a Founding Patron of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States, a program created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in 2013.

More Information
Fisher centre

The Richard B. Fisher Center at Bard College. Photo by Noah Sheldon

Fisher Center

The Foundation supported the Fisher Center’s 2023 production of “Illinois”, choreographed by Justin Peck, as part of the Fisher Center's 20th anniversary season.

More Information
Jacob’s Pillow

Chanel DaSilva. Photo by Christopher Duggan.

Jacob’s Pillow

The Foundation provides active support to Jacob’s Pillow, home to America’s longest-running international dance festival and a 220-acre National Historic Landmark.

More Information
Lincoln Center

www.lincolncenter.org

Lincoln Center

The Foundation has provided funds to The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to establish the Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance, and to support the center’s artistic and outreach programming.

More Information
National-Theatre

www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

The National Theatre

As part of the Blavatnik Family Foundation’s dedication to fostering performing arts, it has given significant and long-standing support to The National Theatre in London—the world-renowned centre for theatre across more than 400 years, and a creative leader in all its forms.

More Information
NYB

www.nycballet.com

New York City Ballet

The Foundation is a substantial, long-time supporter of the New York City Ballet, supporting the NYCB’s performances and operations. In 2024, the Foundation will support NYCB's 'Mixed Bill' at Sadler's Wells, in London.

More Information
directions

publictheater.org

The Public Theater

For years, the Foundation has supported new and ongoing productions at The Public Theater in New York, as well as the theater’s operations.

More Information
donate-header-pappano-desktop

www.roh.org.uk

The Royal Opera House

Over two decades the Foundation has been a regular supporter of all aspects of the work and output of Royal Opera House, and with a special emphasis on ballet and gala occasions.

More Information

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