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Apr292014

WORDS ON DANCE / SEASON 22

with dedication to the memory and spirit of 

Violette Verdy


 


 

WORDS ON DANCE at

BARYSHNIKOV ART CENTER


NEW YORK



March 23  

MARK MORRIS with SURUPA SEN
Sharon and Robert Yoerg, Presenting Sponsors


May 24    

CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON with 

WENDY WHELAN

Meryl Rosofsky, and Stuart H. Coleman, Lead Sponsors


 

May 25    

DOUG ELKINS with DAVID NEUMANN

 

Words On Dance at Baryshnikov Arts Center

Lisa Rinehart, Series Director

Deborah M. Kaufman, Producer

 

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$25 Reserved

$100 Premium Seating & Post Program Reception with the artists 

The George Balanchine Foundation, Lead Support

Reception sponsored by Chateau Davell Winery, and Miette Patisserie & Confiserie

Eric and Emily Hayes, and Meg Ray

WORDS ON DANCE, SAN FRANCISCO

March 6, 2016

MERRILL ASHLEY IN PERSON  
Vogue Theater, San Francisco, 7PM

and a tribute to Violette Verdy

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WEST COAST FILM PREMIERE: The Dance Goodbye
A film by Ron Steinman & Eileen Douglas.

Feature documentary about Merrill Ashley's journey while leaving the stage

Ms. Ashley, and Sandra Jennings in conversation following the film

$20 GENERAL SEATING

$50 ACCESS TO MEET MERRILL ASHLEY 

       PRE SCREENING RECEPTION & RESERVED SEATING

http://dancegoodbye.eventbrite.com

Screening presented by Words On Dance & Fountain3 Films

March 23  MARK MORRIS with SURUPA SEN

Mark Morris was born on August 29, 1956, in Seattle, Washington, where he studied with Verla Flowers and Perry Brunson. In the early years of his career, he performed with the companies of Lar Lubo-vitch, Hannah Kahn, Laura Dean, Eliot Feld, and the Koleda Balkan Dance Ensemble. He formed the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) in 1980 and has since created close to 150 works for the company. From 1988 to 1991, he was Director of Dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the national opera house of Belgium. In 1990, he founded the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Much in demand as a ballet choreographer, Morris has created nineteen ballets since 1986 and his work is in the repertory of companies worldwide.

 

Surupa Sen Artistic Director, choreographer at Nrityagram. Sen was the first student at Nrityagram Dance Village, training with the architect of Odissi, Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra. She studied with Protima Gauri, founder of Nrityagram, and Abhinaya with Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan. She participated in the International Choreographer’s Residency at the American Dance Festival in 2000. With Bijayini Satpathy she has expanded the vocabulary of Odissi dance. Her evening-length ensemble work for Nritya-gram, Ansh (2004), toured in India, the Far East and the United States at the Joyce Theater. Saṃhära, Nrityagram’s first international collaboration with Sri Lanka’s Chitrasena Dance Company, was nominated for Outstanding Production & Outstanding Sound Design at the Bessie Awards 2012. In 2014, the US premiere of Surupa’s Songs of Love and Longing was presented at The Baryshnikov Art Center. Honors include the Raza Foundation Award, 2006, the Yagnaraman Award, from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, 2008, and Nritya Choodamani from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, 2011.

 

May 24     CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON with  WENDY WHELAN
Christopher Wheeldon trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Royal Ballet in 1991. In he joined New York City Ballet in 1993 and was promoted to Soloist in 1998. He served as NYCB’s first-ever Artist in Residence in 2000/01 and was named NYCB’s first Resident Choreographer in July 2001. Mr. Wheeldon has created productions for all the world’s major ballet companies. In 2007, he founded Morphoses/ The Wheeldon Company and was appointed an Associate Artist for Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. In 2014, he directed and choreographed the musical version of An American In Paris, which premiered in Paris in 2014. The Broadway production premiered April 12 2015 and won him the 2015 Tony Award for Best Choreography and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography and Direction.

 

Wendy Whelan was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She at began taking dance classes, at the age of three. At age eight she joined the Louisville Ballet Academy and she began intense professional training. In 1981 she received a scholarship to the summer course at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. She became a member of the New York City Ballet corps de ballet in 1986 and was promoted to principal dancer in 1991. Whelan has performed a wide spectrum of the Balanchine repertory and worked closely with Jerome Robbins. In 2007, Whelan was nominated for an Olivier Award and a Critics Circle Award for her performances with Morphoses/Wheeldon Company. Whelan has recently been appointed Artistic Associate at New York’s City Center.

May 25     DOUG ELKINS with DAVID NEUMANN
David Neumann has been a featured dancer in the works of Susan Marshall, Jane Comfort, Sally Silvers, Irene Hultman, Cathy Weiss, Big Dance Theater, and the late club legend Willi Ninja. He was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers, and an eight-year original member and collaborator with the Doug Elkins Dance Company. He continues to perform and choreograph for theater, opera and film. As Artistic Director of advanced beginner group, Neumann’s work has been presented in New York at PS 122, New York Live Arts, Central Park Summer Stage (where he collaborated with John Giorno), Celebrate Brooklyn, Symphony Space (where he collaborated with Laurie Anderson). He’s currently a professor of Theater at Sarah Lawrence College.

 

Doug Elkins is a two-time New York Dance and Performance (BESSIE) Award-winning choreographer and 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Creative Arts Fellow. He began his dance career as a B-Boy, touring the world with break dance groups New York Dance Express and Magnificent Force, among others, before founding his own company in 1988. The company disbanded after 15 years. In 2009, Elkins organized his independent dance, teaching, and theater projects (including frequent work at A.R.T. Boston, A.C.T. Seattle, and Theatre for a New Audience) under the banner doug elkins choreography, etc. In fall 2013, he joined the faculty of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. 

Words On Dance 22nd Season

The George Balanchine Foundation

The Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trust

Stanlee Gatti

Mary Heylin and Timothy Marten, MD

Barbara Horgan

Richard Barker

Meryl Rosofsky and Stuart H. Coleman

Rachel and Dr. Larry Norton

Kathleen Scutchfield

Catherine and Mark Slavonia

Sharon and Robert Yoerg

Susan Van Wagner

Anne Shonk

 

The Words On Dance Collection is an incomparable series of documented stories, comprised of over two decades of conversations filmed live, onstage, with legendary dance artists. Celebrated artists have entrusted Words On Dance with rare dance footage, and creative intelligence that represent a concordance of stories about dance training, national and international companies, choreographers and ballets, musical scores, and offstage transitions. The ongoing mission of Words On Dance is to continue to remaster the filmed inventory of conversation and performance footage, for placement in cultural repositories, and other accessible platforms.

My name is Lisa Rinehart and I had the very good fortune to dance with American Ballet Theatre from 1976 to 1986. It was a time of challenges, rewards, frustrations and a lot of fun, but after ten years it was time to move on. 
The next couple of decades were packed with college, kids, more college, and eventually, writing about dance for danceviewtimes.com and Dance Magazine. But at 52, in a possible moment of insanity, I became a student again at City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, and amazingly, fell for visual storytelling almost as hard as I’d fallen for dance so many years before. I am now a freelance video journalist working on a wide variety of stories, but stories about dance and dancers are closest to my heart.