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Agnes de Mille Commission!!!

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

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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

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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. 

Vincent Paterson...the innovator

I have spent far too long writing this entry for my blog!!! Vincent Paterson is such a tremendous inspiration to me! At every turn i discovered beautiful, groundbreaking creations and could NOT resist watching. He has generated innovative, iconic work that is embedded in and literally shifted pop culture. I'm looking forward to his future projects and continue to draw inspiration from his focus, creativity and generosity.

In addition to his expansive credits (some of my favorites are Dancer in the Dark for Bjork, Smooth Criminal for MIchael Jackson and Express Yourself  for Madonna) this stood out to me as i studied his bio:

"He is respected and loved by those with whom he creates for his focused work ethic, his originality, his appreciation of his collaborators, his respect for his artists and his generosity of spirit." 

a glimpse into Vincent's world is captured in the documentary "The Man Behind the Throne" check out the trailer

Lifetime's Beautiful & Twisted...a sneak peak!

amazing adventure creating choreography for and coaching

the beautiful PAZ VEGA

for her role in lifetime's upcoming movie Beautiful & Twisted starring Paz and Rob Lowe. 

don't miss the premiere on jan 31st @ 8pm!

legacy...alan johnson

i'd like to honor those who have paved the way for all of us working as choreographers today.

growing up in the country in Ohio the only access i had to dance was on TV.  i LOVED watching movies and escaping into an exhilarating world of fantasy. One of my favorite escapes was the mad genius of Mel Brooks and as i have learned the uber genius of

choreographer Alan Johnson

 

he is one to be honored, inspired by and cherished. Alan is an award winning choreographer, best known for his work on Mel Brooks films and for restaging Jerome Robbins' original choreography in live productions of West Side Story in the United States and internationally.  

Julie McDonald, best known for being the first dance agent, says about Alan

"I think Alan is a choreography genius.  It's hard to choreograph humor.  No one does it better. He got the most astounding performance out of Madeline Kahn in Blazing Saddles, singing "I'm Tired".   The Springtime for Hitler number from The Producers is iconic. How does one take such a sensitive topic (The Holocaust) and make it, well....hilarious?   He and Mel Brooks were on the same page.  The number he did for Ann Bancroft on a TV special showed off her extraordinary skills as a comedic actress through a dance number.  Alan's choreography is stylish and elegant."

an amazing resource for our community is dance historian Larry Billman...click on his name to access rarely seen dance on film/TV footage and images.

here is a montage of the highlights of choreographer Alan Johnson's amazing career. Created for his Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Choreography Awards, this short film features his choreography for Mel Brooks' films, his Emmy award winning appearances, as well as his stage and commercial work

 

for inspiration and pure joy revisit one of his films...his credits include:

As Choreographer

As Director

 


the luxury of Lifetime...

 

the luxury of talent

this past year i've had the pleasure of coaching and creating choreography for the beautiful, talented and incredibly committed paz vega, rose mciver, will kemp and jessy schram.

Lifetime has been good to me! 

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