Artistic Director, The Joffrey Ballet
IN THE GREEN ROOM...
We want to thank ASHLEY, AND JOANNA BERMAN, for a wonderful, engaging Words on Dance, Monday, November 4.
We returned to ODC Theater, where it all began 20 years ago, to focus on giving eminent artists a platform to tell their story about a life in dance. With her demure, and witty charm, Joanna led Ashley in a revealing conversation about his roots in Bigger, Scotland...to his artistic leadership of the Joffrey Ballet. A journey that led him to take the reigns of one of the most legendary dance companies in the world.
Words On Dance also premiered a fabulous five minute short doc, directed and filmed by Quinn Wharton, on Ashley Wheater and the Joffrey, filmed on location in Chicago. A vibrant look at Ashley's vision of dance and community, within the landscape of Chicago.
Stay tuned to the home page here, and we will feature a trailer of the film soon. We will also be announcing projects in development as we continue The Twentieth Year.
Thank you all for keeping us on the road.
CELEBRATE THE TWENTIETH YEAR OF WORDS ON DANCE...
Fall, 1994... six friends gather in a living room to explore a project for dancers to talk about the course of their life in dance with a live audience. A few months later, following the debut of his new company at The Joyce Theatre in New York, Michael Smuin launches Words On Dance at New Performance Gallery, now known as ODC Theatre!
WORDS ON DANCE subsequently welcomed Violette Verdy, in conversation with Mikko Nissenen to the stage at Yerba Buena Forum, followed in 1996 by Edward Villella. In 1998, Maria Tallchief graced the stage of Yerba Buena Theatre, garnering an audience of 600 people! The success and growth of these programs symbolize that the creative intelligence of dance artists will serve generations of dancers and audiences for years to come. Each WORDS ON DANCE passes forward a valuable story. From Michael to Violette, Villella to Tallchief, Mark Morris, Helgi Tomasson, Cynthia Gregory, Peter Martins, Rita Moreno, Allegra Kent, Merrill Ashley and numerous others, it has been a privilege to share this journey with our audience.
At this 20 year juncture, it is incumbent upon WORDS ON DANCE to maintain access to these authentic documentations that have been intrusted to us. We look forward to fullfilling the next chapter of our work, and realize platforms to make the footage of the twenty year collection available to you.
The Jerome Robbins Foundation
The John and Lisa Pritzker Family Fund
proud recipient of
2012 Isadora Duncan Award for Sustained Acheivement
DEBORAH M. KAUFMAN, PRODUCER
*contact Words On Dance for your limited edition, twentieth year cap, sported by Ashley Wheater!