The Juilliard Dance Division, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, has been invited to the world-renowned Edinburgh International Festival this summer where they will perform José Limón’s The Waldstein Sonata, Nacho Duato’s Gnawa, and Alexander Ekman’s Episode 31 on Saturday, August 25, Sunday, August 26, and Monday, August 27, 2012 in the Edinburgh Playhouse (18-22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, Scotland). The Edinburgh International Festival, a three-week festival of music, opera, theater, and dance, features performers from Poland, Russia, France, the United States, Australia and elsewhere. For further details on the Festival, go to http://www.eif.co.uk/juilliard.
New Dances: Edition 2012 in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater features four world premiere commissions created for each of the classes of Juilliard’s Dance Division. Next season’s choreographers are: Camille A. Brown (1st Year Class); Emery LeCrone (2nd Year Class); Susan Shields (3rd Year Class); and Jarek Cemerek (4th Year Class). The five performances take place on Wednesday, December 12 (8 PM), Thursday, December 13 (8 PM), Friday, December 14 (8 PM), Saturday, December 15 (8 PM), and Sunday, December 16 (3 PM). Performances are free, and tickets are required.
Camille A. Brown, originally from Jamaica, Queens, New York, is the 2012 recipient of The Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Awards and a Princess Grace Award-Winning Choreographer. She received a 2011 Bessie nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance for her work, The Evolution of a Secured Feminine, and is one of four choreographers selected as a Choreographic Fellow for Alvin Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Robert Battle, an alumnus of Juilliard. Ms. Brown is interested in that space between dance and theater where interdisciplinary work defies category and takes flight. Informed by her music background as a clarinetist, she creates choreography that utilizes musical composition as storytelling – investigating the silent space within the measure. She builds dance vocabulary from a very personal place.
This season, Emery LeCrone premiered her full-length ballet, Archetypes, for Colorado Ballet as part of an evening entitled “Tribute to Women in Dance.” She was honored with an inaugural New York City Center fellowship and residency, awarded annually to three promising choreographers. The fellowship grants the awardees a home at New York City Center and the opportunity to be a featured choreographer in New York City Center’s annual Fall for Dance program. In the fall of 2011, she also was commissioned to create a new work for the Guggenheim Museum’s acclaimed Works & Process performing arts series featuring the music of American composer Elliott Carter. Additionally this season, she was commissioned by the New York City Ballet to create a new work as part of their annual New York Choreographic Institute. Ms. LeCrone has choreographed new works for companies such as Oregon Ballet Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theater, New Chamber Ballet, and Minnesota Dance Theatre, among others.
Susan Shields, recipient of the 2006 Choo-San Goh Award for her choreography, has created dances for several professional companies and universities. Her work appears in the repertories of Ballet West, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Washington Ballet, Richmond Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Boston Ballet II, and City Dance Ensemble. She also has created work for Harvard University, George Mason University (where she is a professor in GMU’s School of Dance), University of Richmond, and Shenandoah University. In 2005, Ms. Shields was given a generous commission from the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts to create a ballet for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, which premiered at the Filene Center that summer. She has performed nationally and internationally, most recently as a member of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. She was partnered by Mr. Baryshnikov in Mark Morris’ acclaimed dance, The Argument. She also was a member of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company for eight years, performing a substantial part of his repertory worldwide. Ms. Shields has performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group in The Hard Nut and has performed with Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, Eliot Feld Ballet New York, and the Washington Ballet, where she received her training. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from SUNY Empire State.
Jarek Cemerek is an established Czech choreographer and dancer. In 2011, London Sadler’s Wells Theatre presented the premiere of his piece, Void, choreographed for the male dance company, BalletBoyz, a thematic sequel to Void Amongst Humans. Mr. Cemerek was selected from 160 choreographers participating in the audition. In 2011, he was awarded Czech Dance Platform’s Dance Piece of the Year and Dancer of the Year. He studied dance at the Conservatory in Ostrava (CZ), choreography and dance pedagogy at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, and studied choreography at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki. He began his artistic career as a dancer at the National Theatre in Ostrava after moving to Prague and danced with Laterna Magica and the State Opera. He also danced in the Bratislava Dance Theatre, Tanztheaterwien (Vienna), Compagnie Thor (Brussels), Willi Dorner (Vienna), the Dance Theatre of Ireland, Stadttheater Bern (Switzerland), and at the Royal Opera House (London). In 2009, he co-founded Albamora Contemporary Dance Company in Denmark. As a teacher, he has worked with many dance companies and dance festivals, including The Juilliard School, Huntington Beach High School in California, Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, the Palucca Schule in Dresden (Germany), the Theatre Academy in Helsinki (Finland), Stadttheater Bern (Switzerland), the Royal Ballet School in Holstebro (Denmark), Willi Dorner (Austria), and Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance in Munich (Germany).
In spring 2013, Juilliard Dances Repertory presents repertory works by acclaimed choreographers Murray Louis, Paul Taylor, and William Forsythe. Juilliard dancers will perform Four Brubeck Pieces (1984), choreographed by Murray Louis with music by Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond and staged by Janis Brenner; Sunset (1983), choreographed by Paul Taylor with music by Edward Elgar, staged by Linda Kent; and One Flat Thing, reproduced (2000), choreographed by William Forsythe with music by Thom Willems, staged by Christopher Roman. Juilliard musicians will perform the music live for Four Brubeck Pieces and Sunset.
The Juilliard Dance Division, entering its 61st season in 2012-2013, 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 dance faculty members at Juilliard 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 ten 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 Lang, Lar Lubovitch, Bruce Marks, Susan Marshall, Austin McCormick, Andrea Miller, Ohad Naharin, and Paul Taylor.
2012-2013 JUILLIARD DANCE SEASON
Edinburgh International Festival
The Waldstein Sonata by José Limón
Gnawa by Nacho Duato
Episode 31 by Alexander Ekman
Saturday, August 25, Sunday, August 26, and Monday, August 27, 2012
For further information on the Edinburgh International Festival, go to http://www.eif.co.uk/juilliard.
New Dances: Edition 2012
Four world premiere commissions choreographed by:
Camille A. Brown (1st Year Dancers)
Emery LeCrone (2nd Year Dancers)
Susan Shields (3rd Year Dancers)
Jarek Cemerek (4th Year Dancers)
Five performances on Wednesday, December 12, Thursday, December 13, Friday, December 14, and Saturday, December 15, all at 8 PM, and Sunday, December 16 at 3 PM in Juilliard’s
Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Juilliard Dances Repertory
Program features works from the repertory:
Four Brubeck Pieces (1984) choreographed by Murray Louis with music by Dave Brubeck and
Paul Desmond, staged by Janis Brenner;
Sunset (1983) choreographed by Paul Taylor with music by Edward Elgar, staged by Linda Kent; and
One Flat Thing, reproduced (2000) choreographed by William Forsythe with music by Thom Willems, staged by Christopher Roman.
Five performances on Wednesday, April 3, Thursday, April 4, Friday, April 5, Saturday, April 6, all at 8 PM, in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater is located at 155 West 65th Street, NYC.
Box Office information to follow in the fall.
Additional Events on the Juilliard Dance Season
Choreographers and Composers 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 7 PM
Friday, November 16, 2012, 5 PM and 8 PM
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 2 PM and 8 PM
Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater, 155 West 65th Street, 3rd Floor
Senior Dance Production
Thursday, May 2, 2013, 8 PM
Friday, May 3, 2013, 8 PM
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 2 PM and 8 PM
Sunday, May 5, 2013, 2 PM and 8 PM
Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater, 155 West 65th Street, 3rd Floor
Senior Dance Production is the culmination of a year-long creative and educational process focused on launching seniors into the professional world. Juilliard dancers work in close collaboration with lighting design teams, costume designers, and composers as they create their original works.
Limited standby admission only.
Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, 2013, 8 PM
Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 155 West 65th Street
Senior Dance Showcase
Monday, May 20, 2013, 8 PM
Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Featuring Juilliard Dance’s “Class of 2013” in a diverse program of solos and duets from repertory and created by alumni and commissions choreographers.
Limited standby admission only.