photo: jim doyle dancer: chelsea paige johnston
so honored to have our film awarded Best Experimental Short Film at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Santa Cruz. incredible to have our film screened in Argentina!
this was a GOOD one!
a rare and magical experience with Texas Ballet Theater and Ft. Worth Symphony.
the synthesis of music, players, dancers and Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya filled me up. Such wonderful support and collaboration - it was really a heartening experience.
Behind the Scenes with dancer Andre Silva...click here to view
and photos captured by the lovely Suxiao Yang
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
LOVED creating with Texas Ballet Theater for an upcoming performance of RIFT at Bass Hall with the Ft. Worth Symphony. The piece was originally commissioned by Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and composed by the incredible Anna Clyne. I'm very honored to be working under the leadership of Ben Stevenson, the Artistic Director of the company. I fell in love with the ballet all over again!
Special thanks for Andre Silva and Alexandra Farber for sending me footage from their latest reh!
film maker Sara Silkin gives us an intimate glimpse into rehearsals for RIFT.
RIFT premieres Aug 5, 2016 @ the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.
Artistic Director Marin Alsop will conduct.
Anna Clyne - composer/ Kitty McNamee - choreographer
Ty Wells, Derek Nemechek, Baden Silva, Liz Walker, Stephanie Kim and Katherine Cowgill
/filmed in rehearsal @ edge performing arts center, hollywood, ca/
RIFT - we are deep, deep within the collaborative process. enjoying every moment of creating a new work for full orchestra and six dancers. it's a gift to find a true artist who is interested in your process as well as her own, who's generosity is profound.
here is a little sneak peek into rehearsals @ edge performing arts center while anna clyne was in town for a premiere at LA Phil's Cello Festival. anna provides insight into composing and collaborating as well.
More to follow...if you happen to find yourself in Santa Cruz on August 5 - don't miss us on the opening night of Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.
ok - i'm crazy for composers...especially incredibly inventive composers like Missy Mazzoli. She is a gem and i'm lucky to be exploring and creating with her!
choreography: kitty mcnamee
music: "a door into the dark" by missy mazzoli + victoire from the album "cathedral city"
dancers: kelsey landers, kenzie mcclure, baden silva, derek tabada
in performance at dancescape la | club nokia
Power & Devotion, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music has announced it's Opening Night concert on August 5. The opening will feature the thrilling world premiere of a symphonic ballet titled RIFT. A Festival commission, the work is a collaboration between myself and composer Anna Clyne. I recently visited Santa Cruz to meet with staff and explore staging possibilities at the Civic Auditorium.
Anna and I have been filming during our creative process. We’re sharing our first short video about RIFT, which gives background on the piece, and describes our progress to date. It's a very exciting project, and we are happy to share it with you now!
For the last 25 years as conductor, music director, and guiding light of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Marin Alsop has championed new music, nurtured artists and audiences and raised the Festival to international stature. Maestra Alsop concludes her fruitful tenure at Cabrillo with a smashing series of premiere-filled concerts.
Among this season’s highlights are several world premieres including a new symphonic ballet by Anna Clyne, choreographed by Kitty McNamee and danced by members of Hysterica Dance Co.; Lola Montez Does The Spider Dance by John Adams, commissioned in honor of Marin Alsop by the musicians of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra; a Festival-commissioned work by emerging composer Michael Kropf; and the West Coast premiere of Kevin Puts’ The City.
thrilled to be returning to the la phil to direct and choreograph the upcoming "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" and Britten's "Sea Interludes" such GORGEOUS MUSIC and beautiful LA dancers bringing it to life for me!
grateful to be surrounded by so much creativity and beauty.
thank you to dancers: Jessica Hiestand, Kelsey Landers, Kenzie McClure, Hannah Odgers, Stephen Jacobsen, Derek Nemechek, Derek Tabada and Ty Wells.
performances are on sat, nov 21st and sat, dec 5th @ 11am | click below for tickets and more info
lead dancers: marlon pelayo + chelsea paige johnson
visual artists: dan goods + david delgado
One of the gifts of my career is creating dance for live orchestral performances!
This summer i've been collaborating with Mike Simpson (EZ Mike) and Muse/ique to create a theatrical dance event for the upcoming JAZZ/GENESIS show. The music, the story, the magic of Mike Simpson's re-invention have completely revitalized me!
Come see Maestra Rachel Worby, the Muse/ique Orchestra, principal dancers Chelsea Paige Johnson and Marlon Pelayo and the graduating class of Edge Performing Arts Center's nationally recognized scholarship program LIVE on Saturday, August 8 @ 7:30
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: