LA TRAVIATA - San Diego Spotlight Doc

la traviata opened at the san diego opera last weekend! it was a thrill to work with mrs. domingo again. the talent in san diego is outstanding! i was also really happy to work with some of the returning artists such as dancer louis williams, peabody southwell, and brenton ryan. 

i was so proud of the dancers, they were gorgeous - louis williams, sergey kheylik, mikaella abitbol, noel dilworth, danielle dorsch, jessica gadzinski, bernadette torres, and susan vishmid.

check out the UCTV documentary below...it's cued up to the dance segment.

photo: craig t. matthew

photo: craig t. matthew

photo: j. katarzyna woronowicz johnson

photo: j. katarzyna woronowicz johnson

opera spotlight documentary...the dance and traviata:

Schnitger/Koenigsberg/McNamee...mini DOCUMENTARY

COLLABORATION IS KEY!

Reshma Gajjar | photo: Diana Koenigsberg | design: Lara Schnitger

Reshma Gajjar | photo: Diana Koenigsberg | design: Lara Schnitger

Choreographing The Wheel for Hysterica was a kinetic adventure! Collaborating with artist/designer Lara Schnitger truly expanded my way of thinking about structure, movement and design.

Friend and collaborator Diana Koenigsberg captured the creativity in a one of a kind photo shoot featuring choreography, design and performance with dancers Reshma Gajjar, Andy Acosta, Hunter Hamilton, Marlon Pelayo, Justine Clark and Tara Brook.

COLLABORATION IS KEY!

 

Belly "Ballerina"

 

 

So excited to have collaborated with Spanish director Ramon Ayala, who's work is known for its "strong sense of beauty, emotion and raw nature" on BELLY'S  Official "Ballerina" video. 

I appreciated Ramon's natural and poetic sense of storytelling, the aesthetics are high!

Belly was super generous and kind to us dance folk and star Natalia Barulich is indeed a true ballerina and a great beauty. Our other beautiful ballerinas were Stephanie Kim, Katherine Cowgill, Morgan Quinn, and Jessica Gadzinksi.

The Fantasticks at Pasadena Playhouse

I'm happy to announce that I'll be joining an incredible team of artists in bringing a new production of The Fantasticks to the historic Pasadena Playhouse this September. The new production is helmed by a few AMAZING people that i am very excited to collaborate with...

 

David O has long been one of Los Angeles’ most respected musical directors.  His work has ranged from LA’s 99-seat theatre scene to the theaters and concert halls of the Music Center, and beyond to major theaters across the U.S. and around the world.

Seema Sueko was brought on as Director at the Pasadena Playhouse in January 2015 after forging a very impressive career and creating a movement to bring more diversity to the theatre.  As well as diversity in audience members, you'll soon see this reflected on stage in this revamped production of The Fantasticks.

Cast to be announced soon.

Opening night is September 11th and the show will run through October 2nd of this year. 

Entelechy l & ll ...Ariana Delawari's album release

screenings to date:

  • Cleveland International Film Festival
  • Brooklyn Short Film Festival
  • Boston International Film Festival
  • Deep Focus: Women in Film: Ireland
  • Tokyo LIft-Off Online Film Festival
  • Milan Online Film Festival

entelechy                                                                                             def: the realization of potential

"Musician, filmmaker, and activist Ariana Delawari has announced the forthcoming release of her double album Entelechy I & II due out August 12"                                                                

Entelechy I was produced by Butchy Fuego and Entelechy II is the same collection of tracks presented as acoustic and unproduced featuring Salar Nader - a fellow Afghan-American and a famed virtuoso of the tabla.

i'm excited to announce that the short film i choreographed which accompanies Entelechy, will premiere in the next few months! it's already hit the festival circuit, screening all over the world, the responses have been very positive and heartfelt. the debut of the film will coincide with the release of Ariana Delawari's double album. Thank you to the amazing Nicole Disson for bringing me on board. 

you can listen to the first single from the album here or take a peek at the film's trailer!