Orange County, CA - The National Choreographers Initiative will again take place in July 2005. During the three weeks of intense creative effort at the dance studios of University of California, Irvine, teams of choreographers and dancers will produce new dance works culminating in a public performance of NCI Discovery at Irvine Barclay Theatre on Saturday, July 23.
The choreographers invited by
Director, Molly Lynch, to participate in the National Choreographers
Initiative come from a variety of backgrounds and are leaders in the dance
are very pleased with the interest and excitement among choreographers,
dancers, and artistic directors of companies throughout the U.S. There is
a need for this type of project and it benefits not only our community in
the producing of dance, but also the greater dance community in the
development of new works for these choreographers and companies."
- Molly Lynch
The choreographers invited
this year are: William Soleau, Luca
Veggetti, Val Caniparoli, and Christopher d’Amboise.
has contributed to the repertoires of more than 35 companies, including
Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ballet
West, Washington Ballet, Israel Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Singapore Dance
Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, State Theatre Ballet of South Africa, Tulsa
Ballet, and the San Francisco Ballet, his artistic home for over 30 years.
Caniparoli has also choreographers for the Chicago Lyric Opera, San
Francisco Opera and Metropolitan Opera. He has been the recipient of ten
grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, an artist fellowship from
the California Arts Council, and two Choo-San Goh Awards from the Choo-San
Goh and H. Robert Magee Foundation. Later this year he will choreograph
American Conservatory Theater’s new production of A
Christmas Carol, directed by Carey Perlof.
was chosen by George Balanchine to join New York City Ballet in 1978 and
promoted to principal dancer in 1984. He founded Off-Center Ballet in 1988
and became the Artistic Director of Pennsylvania Ballet (1990-94) where he
staged major classical repertoire, commissioned 14 ballets, and created 12
original works. He has created over 60 ballets for companies world wide
including San Francisco Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, The National Ballet
(Amsterdam), Royal Ballet of Flanders (Belgium), and the New York City
Ballet. Recently he has created work for theater including High Society, Romeo and Juliet – the musical and Charles
Strouse’s You Never Know. His
play-with-dance “The Studio” has been work-shopped in Sundance and is
slated for a New York premiere in 2005. He is also commissioned to do a
new work for New York City Ballet in 2006.
has created over 70 ballets on companies around the world. He first gained
recognition in 1987 for his work Universe for the Shanghai Ballet of China during its first
International Shanghai Arts Festival. He also established himself while
serving as resident choreographer and principal dancer for both Finis
Jhung’s Chamber Ballet U.S. A. and Dennis Wayne’s DANCERS in New York
City in the 80’s. His works can be seen in the repertoire of companies
such as Ballet Austin, Ballet British Columbia, The Icelandic Ballet,
American Ballroom Dance Theater, Ballet de Montreal, Ballet Florida,
Richmond Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, State Street Ballet, and Louisville
Ballet among others. He presently serves as the Executive Director of the
John Butler Foundation, dedicated to preserving and protecting the master
works of this influential American Choreographer.
has worked in Europe’s most important theatres and created works for
many company’s and festivals including Paris Opera, Rome Opera, Miami
international festival with the Paris Opera, Ballet d’Europe in
Marseille, Ballet Plus in Ekaterinburg, National Ballet of Cuba at the
An ensemble of 15 dancers has
been assembled for this project from BalletMet, Ballet Pacifica, Carolina
Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, Nashville Ballet, National Ballet of Canada,
Richmond Ballet, and State Street Ballet.
The inaugural National
Choreographers Initiative took place last July. With his strong history of
presenting dance in California, Douglas C. Rankin, president of Irvine
Barclay Theatre, is again glad to lend its support to this project.
"Having seen last year's results, not only does the project
contribute something significant to the national dance scene, but
culminates in a totally engaging concert that discerning patrons truly
embraced, as well as stimulating the unique partnership between Irvine
Barclay Theatre, UCI, and the community.”
The choreographers retain the
right to promote and license the works they have created.
Last year’s participating choreographer James Sewell took his ballet Modular
into his company's (James Sewell Ballet in Minneapolis, MN) repertoire. It
premiered in September 2004 with a new title, Anagram.
Lynne Taylor-Corbett's Appalachia
Stories was expanded into a full evening-length work titled Carolina Jamboree. It premiered with Carolina Ballet in February
2005 and was performed live with the Red Clay Ramblers. Peter Pucci
restaged his dance piece, Whisper on the Wind, as part of a summer residency at the Snowy
Range Summer Dance Festival, in Laramie, Wyoming. For more information
about Director, Molly Lynch and NCI, please go to www.nchoreographers.org.
Tickets for NCI
Discovery performance are $28 and $22.
For information call The Barclay (949) 854-4646 or Ticketmaster
(714) 740-7878. Full-time students can purchase 1/2 priced tickets at the
Barclay box office with a valid student I.D. Tickets can also be ordered
online at www.thebarclay.org.
MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover accepted.
The theatre is located at 4242 Campus Drive at Bridge and West Peltason Roads in Irvine.
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