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Dance Archive - 14-9-2007
September 5, 2009 One

Kim Eun Hee Dance Company (Seoul, Korea): A beautiful pas de deux, Burying Together, by choreographer/artistic director Kim Eun Hee, uses a mix of Korean traditional music and contemporary styles. Performing for the first time in Houston, Kim Eun Hee is a celebrated Korean choreographer with her own characteristic moods, intensity and style of movement. Kim founded her dance company in 1996 and has continuously created her fascinating experimental choreography. The most distinctive characteristics of Kim's dance style are speed and explosive strength that has no equal in the Korean dance scene.

BJM_Danse/Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal (Canada): Newly named, the company is expanding its horizons with a new artistic orientation.  Capitalizing on its wealth of skills and experience, BJM_Danse offers an original mix of dance styles that is vibrant, accessible and interfused with elements of the avante-garde.  Premiering in Houston at the 2007 Dance Salad Festival will be selections from Aszure Barton’s uniquely beautiful new choreography, Le Chambers de Jacque, withmusic by Gilles Vigneault, Antonio Vivaldi, and Les Yeux Noirs. At the heart of this piece are the dancers as individual spirits; Barton is interested in creating a projection of the dancers’ internal landscape, and examining the animal that lives within us all. Also premiering in Houston will be selections from Rodrigo Pederneiras’ (director of Brazil’s Grupo Corpo) dynamic choreography, MAPA with music by Marco Antonio Pena Araujo and UAKTI.  He created this choreography as an homage to the fruitful artistic collaboration he developed with this composer.

Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genéve (Switzerland): One of the best-known companies in Europe, now under Artistic Director Philippe Cohen, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genéve performs regularly in Switzerland and abroad and collaborates with some of the best choreographers of our time.  They will be presenting La Pluie, choreographed by Annebelle Lopez Ochoa – a searing pas de deux by two of their principal dancers, with music by Hildegard von Bingen, and J. S Bach.

Thoss-Tanz Kompanie (Germany): German choreographer Stephan Thoss will again this year present a wonderful work for Dance Salad Festival, called Teufel/Engel (Devil/Angel). This playful work shows the temptation of both the Devil and an Angel to be more human like by falling madly in love with each other. Last year choreographer Thoss was the Artistic Director of the Ballet Staatsoper Hannover. He has now been appointed the Artistic Director of Wiesbaden Opera House Ballet Company.NND/Galili Dance (Groningen, Netherlands): Based in the Netherlands, Israeli Itzik Galili delivers powerful and pioneering original works that elicit dramatic expression and skilled movement from his dancers. With more than 55 creations to his credit, he is reaching ever wider European audiences. Dance Salad Festival will present a pas de deux from For Heaven’s Sake, originally presented at the Holland Dance Festival in 2001. The piece speaks out strongly against violence, particularly in his native Israel and throughout the Middle East. Performances in Europe have been accompanied by Palestinian musicians that take a collective bow in arms with the Israeli and European dancers.

During the week of Dance Salad Festival, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Houston International Dance Coalition host a Choreographers’ Forum where audiences have the opportunity to hear from creators of some of the most innovative and popular dance in the world. Wednesday, April 4, 2007 will mark the event for the upcoming season. Also during that week, master classes will be held in various locations throughout the city so that students and professionals alike can learn from these master choreographers.

Dance Salad Festival is a curated international production with performances by companies in the United States and around the world chosen solely for their excellence, an event that can be seen only in Houston.

Classical, modern and contemporary dance share the Dance Salad stage to form a magnificent mélange of styles and traditions. Members of some of the world’s best  dance companies come to Houston to participate in the Festival which also includes a full week of education and outreach activities culminating in three nights of performance. Each night’s production is different yet is designed as a coherent, expressive performance which interweaves with the others to create a compelling whole. Many of the pieces are performed twice in the three-day format.

This multicultural presentation has received international recognition for its quality and innovativeness and has consistently been a source of cultural pride for many foreign communities that are represented in Dance Salad Festival. Community outreach programs include lectures, demonstrations and exhibits. The Festival also invites students from across Texas and the Mexican border to participate in a Master Class Series and lectures presented by the internationally acclaimed artists. The involvement of the artists in the community serves as an introduction to the various countries and cultures, thus fostering understanding and mutual respect. Houston’s Consular Corps is a community partner and many members serve as sponsors and hosts. Director Nancy Henderek strongly believes that through the arts we can build bridges between different cultures.

Dance Salad Festival has been praised by local, national and international publications. Dance Magazine said: "Producer Nancy Henderek’s eye for some of the best international dance is unparalleled….(Dance Salad) could wind up as the premier contemporary dance festival between the East and West coasts." In a recent special section of The Houston Chronicle entitled "Houston’s Ultimate People," Nancy Henderek is described as a "one-woman United Nations."


For up-to-date information and photo gallery visit www.dancesalad.org

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Julie Lambert
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Thirtieth Anniversary Season [2007-2008]

The WORLD PREMIERE of Viktor Plotnikov’s Cinderella

VMA Arts & Cultural Center,  1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence Friday October 19, 2007 at 7:30 pm Saturday October 20, 2007 at 7:30 pm Sunday October 21, 2007 at 2:30 pm

Festival Ballet Providence
Announces 2007-08 Company Roster

Providence, RI – Festival Ballet Providence artistic director Mihailo Djuric announces the roster of 23 Company Artists, including ten men and thirteen women for the company’s 30th
Anniversary season (2007/2008).

Returning to the company are Ashleigh Andries, Alexander Akulov (Russia), Ilya Burov (Russia) Erica Chipp, Roger Fonnegra (Venezuela), Courtney Fraga, Leticia Guerrero (Venezuela), Mark Harootian, Elizabeth Jessee (Canada), Lauren Kennedy, Gleb Lyamenkoff (Bellarus), Eivar Martinez (Venezuela), Lauren Menger, Henry Montilla (Venezuela), Heather O’Halloran, Vilia Putrius (Lithuania), Jennifer Ricci, and Davide Vittorino (Italy).  Ms. Menger has been promoted from apprentice to Company member.  Milica Bijelic, former principal at the National Ballet and Opera of Belgrade will return for her sixth season as Ballet Mistress.

In February and March of 2007, Mr. Djuric and Ms. Bijelic auditioned more than 155 dancers from over twenty countries for positions with the company, and have hired five new dancers.  They welcome new company members Joo-Hee Baek (South Korea), Christine Blanck, Nathan Powel (Canada), Järvi Raudsepp (Canada/Estonia), and Fan Shi (China).  Jolanta Valeikaite, former principal dancer with the Lithuanian National Ballet, Bonn Ballet and Essen Aalto Theatre Ballet, will join the artistic staff in a half-time position as Company Teacher and Ballet Mistress. 

Mr. Djuric noted, “I saw many talented dancers this year, and have chosen from them five dancers who I feel will greatly complement the existing roster of dancers.  Each has the potential to grow tremendously during there time here, and I look forward to seeing what they can become.  While it’s a group that’s young and from a broad span of training and nationalities, each one is talented and will add something special to our performances.”

Ms. Baek received her professional training as a scholarship student at the Novosibirsk National Ballet Academy in Russia from 2000 to 2004, returning to her native South Korea to join the Korean National Ballet in 2005.  Ms. Blanck received her early training in Connecticut and recently graduated from the University of Utah’s strong ballet program, where she was a member of the Utah Ballet and the Character Dance Ensemble.  Mr. Powell trained in his hometown of Regina Saskatchewan before heading to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. On graduation in 2006 he joined Northern Plains Ballet.  After training for 9 years in Ontario, Canada, Ms. Raudsepp joined the Estonian National Ballet in 2003.  After two seasons there, she danced with Orlando Ballet and then Ontario Ballet Theater. Mr. Shi graduated as a ballet major from the Shanghai Dance Academy in 2006, and spent the last year as an intern performing with the Shanghai Ballet Troupe.

Not returning from the 2006-2007 roster are Carolyn Dellinger who has retired from dancing; Maxime Podshevalenko who has joined the Kirov Ballet; Vanessa Widmer, who will be attending college; and Nikki Cuozzo, attending University of Connecticut.  Company member Heather O’Halloran will miss much of the season in anticipation of the upcoming birth of her first child.

The dancers will begin the season officially August 28, 2007, rehearsing with Viktor Plotnikov as he creates the company’s season opener, the world premiere of his Cinderella. (October 19-21, 2007 at VMA Arts and Cultural Center).

For full biographies and headshots of the dancers, and additional information about the company and its 2007-2008 Season, visit www.festivalballet.com.


The Festival Ballet Providence and the Festival Ballet Providence Center for Dance Education are together a not-for-profit arts organization whose EIN is 05-0377245 and whose Rhode Island Corporate ID number is ND-27-137.

2007/2008  Festival Ballet Providence Company Roster
Alexander Akoulov [] Ashley Andries, (apprentice) []  *Joo-Hee Baek [] *Christine Blanck (apprentice) [] Ilya Burov [] Erica Chipp  [] Roger Fonnegra [] Courtney Fraga [] Leticia Gerrero [] Mark A. Harootian [] Elizabeth Jessee [] Lauren Kennedy [] Gleb Lyamenkoff [] Eivar Martinez [] Lauren Menger  [] Henry Montilla [] Heather O’Halloran  [] *Nathan Powell (apprentice) [] *Jarvi Raudsepp (apprentice) [] Vilia Putrius  [] Jennifer Ricci
*Fan Shi  [] Davide Vittorino [] * Denotes new dancers this season

The WORLD PREMIERE of Viktor Plotnikov’s Cinderella

VMA Arts & Cultural Center,  1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence Friday October 19, 2007 at 7:30 pm Saturday October 20, 2007 at 7:30 pm Sunday October 21, 2007 at 2:30 pm


Festival Ballet Providence Artistic Director Mihailo “Misha” Djuric announces open auditions for its annual holiday production, The Nutcracker. Children from the greater Providence area and surrounding communities are offered the opportunity to perform with Festival Ballet Providence’s professional dancers on the magnificent stage at the Providence Performing Arts Center. Auditions will take place Sunday, September 16th at the Festival Ballet Providence studios, 825 Hope Street on Providence’s East Side.


Festival Ballet Providence’s The Nutcracker has become an annual holiday tradition for thousands of families throughout Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.  As noted by the Providence Journal, “Festival Ballet Providence’s The Nutcracker  remains the same – excellent”.  With colorful costumes and scenery, a cast of over 100, giant mice and toy soldiers, and Tchaikovsky’s memorable score, this colorful production enchants audiences young and old.   The magic of The Nutcracker is an unforgetable part of Christmas in Providence.  Those participating in the performance have the unequaled experience of performing on the PPAC stage, for a combined audience of over 12,000.

For more details about Festival Ballet Providence auditions or its Center for Dance Education, please call 401-353-1129 or send e-mail to info@festivalballet.com.

To purchase tickets for The Nutcracker, call the PPAC box office or go to www.ppacri.org.


Up CLOSE on HOPE, Program I
Festival Ballet Providence, 825 Hope Street Providence November  3,10, & 17, 2007 at 7:30 pm November 4, & 11, 2007 at 6:00 pm

Fresh, bold contemporary repertory, including world premieres. This award-winning program offers dance so close you can touch it, and the chance to meet the dancers and the choreographers.

The Nutcracker
The Providence Performing Arts Center,  220 Weybosset Street, Providence Friday December 14 at 7:30 pm Saturday December 15 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm Sunday December 16 at 1:00 and 6:30 pm For tickets call 401.421.ARTS or visit www.ppacri.com

Masters of Motion
A memorable program with stunning choreography and heart-felt themes. Viktor Plotnikov’s Coma, Agnes De Mille’s Rodeo, Antony Tudor’s The Leaves are Fading
VMA Arts & Cultural Center, 1 Avenue of the Arts Friday February 8, 2008 at 7:30 pm
Saturday February 9, 2008 at 7:30 pm Sunday February 10, 2008 at 2:30 pm

Free Pre-Performance chats Saturday and Sunday, 45 minutes before curtain.

Single tickets available August 1
www.tickets.com, or the VMA Box Office, 401.272.4VMA
Call Festival Ballet Providence for further details, 401.353.1129

*Subscribe to all three VMA performances and save 33% of the ticket price!

Up CLOSE on HOPE, Program II
Festival Ballet Providence, 825 Hope Street Providence March 8, 15, 22, 29, 2008 at 7:30 pm March 16, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Fresh, bold contemporary repertory, including world premieres.  This award-winning program offers dance so close you can touch it, and the chance to meet the dancers and the choreographers.
Ticket price of $40 includes wine and hors d’oeuvres at intermission.
Call 401.353.1129 to order tickets.

Swan Lake,
choreographed by Mihailo Djuric and Milica Bijelic, after Petipa/Ivanov. This iconic work from the classical repertoire is not to be missed! VMA Arts & Cultural Center, 1 Avenue of the Arts Friday April 25, 2008 at 7:30 pm Saturday April 26, 2008 at 7:30 pm Sunday April 27, 2008 at 2:30 pm

Free Pre-Performance chats Saturday and Sunday, 45 minutes before curtain. Tickets $17 to $62, discounts available for children, seniors, groups and family-four packs

Single tickets available August 1
www.tickets.com, or the VMA Box Office, 401.272.4VMA
Call Festival Ballet Providence for further details, 401.353.1129

*Subscribe to all three VMA performances and save 33% of the ticket price!


School Day “Discover Dance” Programs for school groups, social service agencies and senior centers.
October 20 — Cinderella
December 14 & 17 — Nutcracker
April 25 — Swan Lake

See Community Outreach section of this website, or call Mark for details, 401.353.1129

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