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Four newly-commissioned works by Aszure Barton, Larry Keigwin, Andrea Miller and Fabien Prioville will be premiered by Juilliard Dance in this year's New Dances/Edition 2009 under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, Artistic Director of Juilliard's Dance Division. All Dance Division students perform on the program and work closely with these four prominent choreographers creating works on each of the Division's classes. Performances take place on Wednesday, December 9, Thursday, December 10, Friday, December 11, and Saturday, December 12, all at 8 PM, with a matinee performance on Sunday, December 13 at 3 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater (155 West 65th Street).
Tickets for New Dances: Edition 2009 are FREE and available beginning November 25 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard (155 West 65th Street). For further information, call the Juilliard Box Office at (212) 769-7406 or visit www.juilliard.edu.
Aszure Barton has created a work entitled, Happy Little Things (Waiting On a Cloud of Wishes), for the 4th year class of 20 dancers. She designed the sound score, which features the music of guitarist Bill Frisell and composer/arranger/violist Ljova. The music features Blues and a Western sound. Ms. Barton's piece features many characters and is dramatic and emotional. She formed the work by pulling from the dancers' strengths.
Larry Keigwin premieres a work entitled Colony, featuring the 3rd year class and set to Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich's Sextet for Six Marimbas. Taking his cues from fashion and insect social behavior, Mr. Keigwin has created a work for these ten female and ten male dancers that is athletic and energetic, as well as ritualistic, repetitive, percussive, and mesmerizing. Juilliard premiered a work by Mr. Keigwin last season on New Dances/Edition 2008.
Juilliard alumna Andrea Miller has been working with the 1st year class with students ages 18 and 19, the military age in Israel, where she recently visited. Her piece reflects boot camp - the boot camp of the Army - and the boot camp of Juilliard. Set to music of the 60s, the Vietnam-era, with some contemporary electronic music, she also envisions her dancers as rebels. Lighting will be an important aspect of her piece.
Fabien Prioville's inspiration for his work for the 2nd year class comes from the 1983 Ettore Scola film, Le bal (The Ball). Mr. Prioville's dance/theater piece begins with a woman celebrating her birthday. She is in an optimistic mood and the center of attention, but this starts to degenerate as she realizes how lonely she is. The work is about relationships and communication, about men and women, and about competition.
Andrea Miller, an alumna of Juilliard, founded her contemporary dance company, Gallim Dance, in 2006. Selected as one of Dance magazine's "25 To Watch" (January 2009 issue), Ms. Miller's work has been presented in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. Venues include Jacob's Pillow, Dance Theater Workshop, Joyce SoHo, Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, Teatron Suzan Delal (Tel Aviv) and Studio Varda (Tel Aviv), among many others. She is the associate choreographer with Nord Nederlands Danse, 2009-2011. Ms. Miller has danced with Ohad Naharin's Ensemble Batsheva, Cedar Lake, Limón Dance Company, and the Buglisi Dance Theatre.
French choreographer and dancer, Fabien Prioville, has danced with the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch (1999 to 2006) and has choreographed works for the Tanzhaus Dusseldorf. He started dancing at the age of 11 with Jacques Chaurand before entering the Académie Chaptal, Paris, in 1985. He studied La Rochelle Conservatory of Music and Dance with Collette Milner and entered the CNDC l'Esquisse, Angers, in 1993. Since 2006, he has worked freelance as a choreographer and performer.
Larry Keigwin's prolific and wide-ranging dance career began the day he auditioned as a back-up dancer for Downtown Julie Brown on Club MTV. His company, Keigwin+Company's recent commissions have included the New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Juilliard, NYU/Tisch School's Second Avenue Dance Company, Paradigm, Hofstra University, and California Institue of the Arts. His other choreographic credits include work with the pop band Fischerspooner, comedian Murray Hill, and as an associate choreographer for both the Radio City Rockettes and the Off-Broadway musical, The Wild Party. As a dancer, Mr. Keigwin has danced at the Metropolitan Opera in Doug Varone's Le Sacre du Printemps and Julie Taymor's The Magic Flute in addition to his work with Mark Dendy (receiving a Bessie Award in 1998 for his performance in Dream Analysis).
Aszure Barton has been commissioned to choreograph new works for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Fang-Yi Sheu, Sydney Dance Company, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, the Martha Graham Dance Company, ABT II, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, U.K. Laban Institute, among others. Ms. Barton choreographed the Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera starring Alan Cumming, Jim Dale, Nellie Mackay, Ana Gasteyer, and Cyndi Lauper. Ms. Barton was recently designated a Paul D. Fleck Fellow at The Banff Centre in Canada, and she was the resident choreographer for Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. Ms. Barton is currently an artist-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. She founded her own company, Aszure Barton & Artists, in 2002.
Now in its 58th season, the Juilliard Dance Division is a groundbreaking conservatory dance program whose faculty and alumni have changed the face of dance around the world. The program was established in 1951 by William Schuman during his tenure as president of Juilliard with the guidance of founding director Martha Hill. It became the first major teaching institution to combine equal dance instruction in both contemporary and ballet techniques. Among the early faculty members were Alfred Corvino, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, José Limón, Anna Sokolow, Antony Tudor, and Hector Zaraspe.
Ballet master and master teacher Lawrence Rhodes was appointed the director of the Juilliard Dance Division in July 2002. In his seven years as director, he has reordered the curriculum and elevated requirements for the diploma and degree programs at Juilliard. He has increased the number of performances and brought in many prominent choreographers to work with the students. Graduates of the program have gone on to perform with virtually every established contemporary and ballet company in the United States and abroad, and they also are among the directors and administrators of respected companies worldwide. Alumni of Juilliard's Dance Division include Robert Battle, Pina Bausch, Martha Clarke, Mercedes Ellington, Robert Garland, Charlotte Griffin, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Adam Hougland, Saeko Ichinohe, Jessica Lange, Lar Lubovitch, Bruce Marks, Susan Marshall, Ohad Naharin, and Paul Taylor.