photo: jim doyle dancer: chelsea paige johnston
“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.
This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.”
– Agnes de Mille
Following a national call for submissions, Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF), the independent, not-for-profit affiliate of SDC, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, today announced the selection of five choreographers who will receive commissions to create original works inspired by a sealed envelope containing an unknown idea by famed choreographer Agnes de Mille, an SDC Founder, that has been held in SDC’s custody for more than a half-century.
RECIPIENTS OF THE COMMISSIONS ARE
Al Blackstone, Raja Feather Kelly, Kitty McNamee, Jenn Rose, and Katie Spelman
to Debut Original Works at SDCF “Mr. Abbott” Award Gala
TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE DIRECTED BY 2013 “MR. ABBOTT” AWARD WINNER JERRY MITCHELL
super excited to share my new choreography reel!
this festival has everything going for it, i so wish i could be there! if you find yourself in oxford in mid-may, check it out...
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
Wing on Wing, composed by Esa-Pekka Salonen, celebrates Frank Gehry's creation of Disney Hall! The score is as magical and heroic as the building itself. I've loved re-envisioning the dramatized production that Jessica Kubzansky and I created to bring the sound, building, orchestra and story to life for Toyota's Symphony for Youth.
Here's to a life in the arts!!!
excited to have our film in 4 festivals...thrilled for composer Ali Helnwein's nomination for best score @ Kerry Film Festival and honored to receive an award of merit for Female Filmakers from Best Shorts Competition!
My love affair with music continues. Add extraordinary contemporary composers and dancers to the mix and I'm in heaven. Some time ago, feels like just yesterday yet so much has happened since, Dancescape LA asked me to create a piece for a performance benefiting dance education.
How could I say no? Sometimes the work that comes out of giving - no expectation of a gig or external reward - is in the end the MOST rewarding. It takes me back to my roots (Hysterica Dance Co.) and reminds me of why I started making dance in the first place...to generate beauty, connect with my peers and contribute something worthwhile to society. Getting a little heavy here but it's so true.
Thank you, Thank you to the incredible Missy Mazzoli for allowing me to work with her music. And a big kiss to the startling Kelsey Landers, Kenzie McClure, Baden Silva and Derek Tabada for the love and inspiration. Thank you to edge performing arts for allowing us to create in your beautiful space!
music: "a door into the dark" by missy mazzoli + victoire
from the album "cathedral city" http://victoire.bandcamp.com
Two short films...both helmed by female directors will be premiering in festivals this month. I have to say that i was inspired by both. Very different experiences, the focus on the feminine experience uniting them both. Thank you to Anna Biani, Thank you Aldona Kwiatkowski. Thank you Nicole Disson.
YES...my love for dance and dancers is well known...especially the unexpected, the unusual.
I started dancing at the very late age of 16. small town ohio. not much dance available and we lived out in the country which made getting to the one class in town challenging. thank goodness for my patient first teacher the amazing Helen Goshinski.
when i was asked to create for this TARGET spot I jumped at the chance... i love this representation of strong! inner and out strength...guts...perseverance....girl power!!!
and my inner teenager relates to and is inspired by the awesome Lizzy Howell - who's passion for dance matches my own.
thank you @Target for bringing me on to work with these beautiful ballerinas! Big shout out to dancers Kennedy Daniels and Liv Mai!
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balance is critical to beauty.
balance of dark and light. humor and depth. i've enjoyed working hard (also a balance) with some beautiful people along the way.
here is a sneak peek at my beautiful new 'music video' reel / thank you Kim Gouveia!!
COLLABORATION IS KEY!
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!
the EDGE SHOW IS HERE!!!
please come out and support my home away from home Edge Performing Arts Center lots of amazing dancers this year and honored to present work along side these incredibly gifted choreos!
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.
I'm excited to release my super fresh new reel!
many thanks to Kim Gouveia for the amazing edit.
practicing my editing skills. treasured creating with these two beautiful creatures - marlon pelayo + emilie goldblum! it's fun to flashback and enjoy the work and see how things have blossomed and changed in just a year.
trailer for "voodoo"