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Juilliard's "New Dances: Edition 2012" Featuring Four Newly-Choreographed Dances by Camille A. Brown, Jarek Cemerek, Emery LeCrone, and Susan Shields Opens Wednesday, December 12 - Sunday, December 16 in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater

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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)

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Monday, November 12, 2012

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From New Dances: Edition 2011, Pam Tanowitz's Fortune (Photo by Rosalie O'Connor)
From New Dances: Edition 2011, Pam Tanowitz's Fortune (Photo by Rosalie O'Connor)

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Juilliard Dance premieres four newly-choreographed works by choreographers Camille A. Brown (1st-Year Class), Emery LeCrone (2nd-Year Class), Susan Shields (3rd-Year Class), and Jarek Cemerek (4th-Year Class) in this year’s New Dances: Edition 2012, under the direction of Artistic Director Lawrence Rhodes. All Juilliard Dance Division students perform on the program, and they have been working closely with these four innovative choreographers as they create new works on each of the Dance Division’s classes.

 

The five performances take place 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.

FREE tickets will be available beginning November 28 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box office at Juilliard (155 West 65th Street). Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to http://events.juilliard.edu.

Camille A. Brown collaborates with composer Jonathan Melville Pratt, who is writing original music for her Juilliard commission for the 1st-Year Class. The two also worked on City of Rain (2010) and Mr. TOL E. RAncE (2012). The title of Mr. Pratt’s score is Bind. Ms. Brown’s work is about the emergence of a new generation, and she is using the inspiration of a whirlwind to depict their emergence – the power of the wind. She says: “Whirlwind can also be translated into an idea. When things enter the space might be expected, but how they do might not be.”

Emery LeCrone is working with 26 dancers in the 2nd-Year class, and her work is in three movements. Ms. LeCrone, a native of North Carolina, has created a number of works for a long list of institutions in the less than ten years that she has been choreographing. She has been commissioned by Colorado Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, and North Carolina Dance Theater, among others. Ms. LeCrone is resident choreographer at both New Chamber Ballet and the Columbia Ballet Collaborative, both based in New York. Last year, she was invited to the New York City Ballet’s New York Choreographic Institute.

Susan Shields, recipient of the 2006 Choo-San Goh Award for her choreography, has created dances for several professional companies and universities. She is a professor in George Mason University’s School of Dance in her home state of Virginia, and she enjoys working with college-aged dancers. The inspiration for her work began with a piece of music by American composer Christopher Theofanidis, who is on the faculty at Yale University. His Visions and Miracles (1997/2002) is scored for string orchestra and is three movements. Ms. Shields mixes ballet and contemporary dance in her work.

Jarek Cemerek works with electronic music by Dubioza Kolektiv and additional music by Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds and a Bosnian band, Onrej Dedecek. His work is in seven sections and is about the dancers and their experiences in life. Mr. Cemerek’s piece showcases floor work, contact improvisation, partnering, and a strong sense of physicality. In residence from the Czech Republic, he also wants his work to reflect what’s going on in the streets and around the city, and how one can feel anonymous in a big city like New York.

CHOREOGRAPHERS’ BIOS

Camille A. Brown, originally from Queens, New York, is the Artistic Director of her company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers. She is a Princess Grace Award Winner in Choreography, the 2012 Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award winner (Wesleyan University), a 2012 City College of New York Women & Culture Award-Winner, a Bessie nominee for her performance of The Evolution of a Secured Feminine, and a Best Choreography nominee for The Groove to Nobody's Business of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Black Theater Arts Alliance). Ms. Brown has been commissioned by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco, Complexions, Ailey II, Ballet Memphis, and Hubbard Street II, among others. She danced with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence from 2001-2007, was a guest with AAADT in 2008 & 2011, and guests with Rennie Harris/Puremovement. She is the choreographer for the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire (2012), and the Off-Broadway show, Soul Doctor (2012). Ms. Brown received her training from LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, The Ailey School, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (B.F.A.). Her company is currently touring her first evening work, Mr. TOL E. RAncE, a work that celebrates African-American humor and examines Black stereotypes in the media. 

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. Ms. Shields was partnered by 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. She 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. 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. Mr. Cemerek also danced in the Bratislava Dance Theatre, Tanztheaterwien (Vienna), Compagnie Thor (Brussels), Willi Dorner (Vienna), the Dance Theatre of Ireland, Stadttheater Bern (Switzerland), and 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).

Coming up next for Juilliard Dance in the spring will be Juilliard Dances Repertory featuring 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. Performances take place on Wednesday, April 3; Thursday, April 4; Friday, April 5; Saturday, April 6, all at 8 PM; and Sunday, April 7 at 3 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater

About Juilliard’s Dance Division

 

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.

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.

 

About Lawrence Rhodes, Artistic Director of Juilliard’s Dance Division

 

Ballet master and master teacher Lawrence Rhodes was appointed the director of the Juilliard Dance Division in July 2002. Now going into his eleventh season, 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.

 

2012-2013 JUILLIARD DANCE SEASON

 

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

FREE tickets will be available beginning November 28 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box office at Juilliard (155 West 65th Street). Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to http://events.juilliard.edu.

 

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.

The five performances take place on Wednesday, April 3; Thursday, April 4; Friday, April 5;
Saturday, April 6, all at 8 PM; and Sunday, April 7 at 3 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater is located at 155 West 65th Street, NYC.

Tickets at $30 go on sale on February 27 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

 

Additional Events on the Juilliard Dance Season:

Choreographers and Composers 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 7 PM (Open dress rehearsal; open to Juilliard’s Dance Division only.)

Friday, November 16, 2012, 5 PM (Free; open to the Juilliard Community only.) and 8 PM (Free; limited standby admission only.)

Saturday, November 17, 2012, 2 PM and 8 PM (Free; limited standby admission only.)

Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater, 155 West 65th Street, 3rd Floor

 

Senior Dance Production

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.

 

Choreographic Honors

Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, 2013, 8 PM

Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 155 West 65th Street

Free; no tickets required.

 

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.