photo: jim doyle dancer: chelsea paige johnston
Off to Texas then DC for performances of RIFT, the contemporary ballet composed by the brilliant Anna Clyne. Excited to have my work performed in Texas...spent some formative years there dreaming of a life in dance! CANNOT wait to see the piece on the stage of the Kennedy Center with live orchestra conducted by the uber talented Miguel Harth-Bedoya!
highlights from last year's SHIFT festival:
"SHIFT celebrates the vitality, identity, and extraordinary artistry of orchestras and chamber orchestras by creating an immersive festival experience in the nation's capital. The week-long festival is composed of mini-residencies, with each participating orchestra presenting education events, symposia, and community events in venues around Washington, D.C., along with full-orchestra performances in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
This fascinating evening features two works inspired by literary connections: Bel Canto by Jimmy López is based on Ann Patchett's 2001 novel of the same name; Serenade by Leonard Bernstein is based on Plato's "Symposium." Also featured is RIFT, a symphonic ballet by Anna Clyne choreographed by Kitty McNamee for six dancers on stage." - FWSO
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.
very proud to be an alumni of National Choreographer's Initiative and to see my choreography featured on their flyer again this year! it was one of my favorited experiences - creating new ballet in an amazingly supportive environment with gorgeous dancers. DON'T miss their show this weekend!
photos in rehearsal: