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"Juilliard Dances Repertory" in March 2014 Features "Baker's Dozen" by Twyla Tharp, "Concerto Six Twenty-Two" by Lar Lubovitch, and "The Jig Is Up" by Elliot Feld

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5 PERFORMANCES: Friday, March 21, 2014, 8 PM; Saturday, March 22, 2014, 8 PM; Sunday, March 23, 2014, 3 PM; Monday, March 24, 2014, 8 PM; and Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

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William Forsythe's "One Flat Thing, reproduced" from "Juilliard Dances Repertory" 2013 (Photo by Rosalie O'Connor)
William Forsythe's "One Flat Thing, reproduced" from "Juilliard Dances Repertory" 2013 (Photo by Rosalie O'Connor)

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Juilliard Dances Repertory, March 21-25, 2014

Juilliard Dances Repertory presents repertory works by acclaimed choreographers Eliot Feld, Juilliard alumnus Lar Lubovitch, and Twyla Tharp from March 21-25, 2014. Juilliard dancers perform Baker’s Dozen by Twyla Tharp; Concerto Six Twenty-Two by Lar  Lubovitch; and The Jig Is Up by Eliot Feld. All three dances were choreographed between 1979 and 1986, and Juilliard dancers have had the opportunity to learn the dances through intensive work with two of the choreographers – Eliot Feld and Lar  Lubovitch – and with Juilliard alumna Shelley Washington, an original member of the cast of Twyla Tharp’s work.

Twyla Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen (1979) was created for the Hollywood production of Hair, but was not included in the final edit. “I was thinking a lot about economy [after filming]. Nothing should be squandered or disregarded,” Tharp recounts in Confessions of a Cornermaker (1981). Rather than leaving it on the cutting room floor, Tharp repurposed the movement and set it to compositions by Willie “The Lion” Smith. “As in nature, all things would be recycled and would accrue.” Baker’s Dozen embodies this sense of economy and integration, which is closely tied to Tharp’s Indiana Quaker roots. The movement expresses harmony, playfulness, and easy virtuosity. The structure of the work is based on multiples of 12: six duets, four trios, three quartets, two sextets, and finally 12 solos – reinforcing the Quaker values of the individual’s importance to the community. Twyla Tharp’s company premiered the work on February 15, 1979 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The music will be performed live by Juilliard Jazz alumnus, pianist Christopher Ziemba.

Concerto Six Twenty-Two (1986) is one of Lar Lubovitch’s most celebrated dances. It plays between the beautiful Mozart score and Lubovitch’s own spirited sense of lyricism. The centerpiece of the dance is the male duet, which on its own has become one of Lubovitch’s major achievements. The work is set to Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A Major, K. 622. The work was commissioned by Centre national de danse (Angers, France) and had its premiere in 1986. The music will be performed live by the Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by Juilliard alumna Karina Canellakis, who was recently appointed assistant conductor at the Dallas Symphony. Juilliard clarinetist Weixiong Wang is the soloist.

Eliot Feld’s The Jig Is Up (1984), set to Celtic music, is a virtuosic and playful abstraction of folk dances. The ballet, in eight sections, has rousing group sections and more intimate solos and duets. Costume design is by Willa Kim; and lighting design is by Allen Lee Hughes. The music featured is by The Bothy Band with Archibald McDonald, and John Cunningham. The work had its premiere on January 24, 1984 at the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts in East Lansing, Michigan by the Feld Ballet.

Juilliard Dances Repertory performances take place on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 8 PM; Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8 PM; Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 3 PM; Monday, March 24, 2014 at 8 PM; and Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

Tickets are $30; $15 for seniors/students and available online at www.juilliard.edu/dancesrep or at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu/dancesrep.

Juilliard was privileged to present Twyla Tharp’s Deuce Coupe in 2007 at Juilliard and The Fugue in 2009. Elliot Feld’s Sir Isaac’s Apples was commissioned by Juilliard in 2005 for the School’s centennial, and Juilliard dancers performed his Skara Brae in 2011. Alumnus Lar Lubovitch’s works have often been performed at Juilliard. In 2009, Juilliard dancers performed his work, North Star. They also performed for his anniversary season at New York City Center in fall of 2008. In addition, Tharp and Feld hold honorary doctorates from Juilliard.

Additional events in the Juilliard Dance season include Senior Dance Production, which launches seniors into the professional world, on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8 PM, Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 2 PM and 8 PM, and Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2 PM and 8 PM in the Willson Theater; Choreographic Honors, a sampling of works by Juilliard dancers curated from workshops and performances, on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 8 PM and Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater; and the popular Senior Dance Showcase, featuring the “Class of 2014,” on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

The Juilliard Dance Division, now in its 62nd season, 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 artistic director of the Juilliard Dance Division in July 2002. Now in his 12th year 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 dance company in the United States and abroad, and they also are among the directors and administrators of respected companies worldwide. Currently there are 98 students enrolled in Juilliard’s Dance Division.

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 Karina Canellakis

Recently named assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony, Karina Canellakis is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the most promising and exciting young American conductors. This past season she made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut on the American Soundscapes series in Zankel Hall and was the winner of the 2013 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship (founded by Marin Alsop). An enthusiast for 21st-century composers, she frequently appears as guest conductor of New York’s groundbreaking International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). She has also been selected as a conducting fellow for the summer of 2014 at Tanglewood Music Center.

Ms. Canellakis was a selected conductor in the Lucerne Festival Master Class with Bernard Haitink, and conducted the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in concert in Sapporo, Japan, as well as the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich as part of an international master class with David Zinman.

Karina Canellakis holds a bachelor’s degree in violin from the Curtis Institute of Music and a master of music degree in orchestral conducting from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Alan Gilbert and James Ross.  While at Juilliard, she won the 2013 Charles Schiff Conducting Award for outstanding achievement in orchestral conducting, as well as the American Conductors Award, Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship, and Isidore Komanoff Award. Other prominent mentors include Fabio Luisi and Sir Simon Rattle.

As a violinist, Ms. Canellakis appears as soloist and chamber musician across the United States. For several years she played on a regular basis in both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony. She has also been on several occasions guest concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway, and spent many summers at the Marlboro Music Festival.

About Weixiong Wang

Born in China and a native of Elmhurst, New York, 23-year-old clarinetist Wiexiong Wang is a member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra and is the winner of several international competitions, including first prize in the 2010 Fifth Audi Mozart Woodwind Competition in Italy, and the 2011 International Crescendo Award in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Mr. Wang performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Bolzano Orchestra in Italy, and he toured as a soloist with the Salzburg Youth Orchestra across Italy presented by the World Mozart Association. He appeared as soloist with the Tulsa Signature Symphony in 2012. After winning First Prize at the United States Army Band Young Artist Competition, Mr. Wang performed the Weber Clarinet Concerto No. 2 with the band in Avery Fisher Hall and was awarded the Young Artist Medal by the United States Army General.

Weixiong Wang received his first honor at the age of 10, becoming the youngest prize-winner at the Second China International Clarinet Competition. Two years later, he was awarded second prize at the Hong Kong International Woodwind Competition. Mr. Wang is also a recording engineer, and he has worked closely with musicians under the management of CAMI, IMG, and YCA.

Mr. Wang began his studies at Juilliard in the Pre-College Division in 2005 with Richard Shillea and Alan Kay, and is currently in the studio of Charles Neidich. He is a full scholarship recipient at The Juilliard School and receives the Bel Jelin Memorial Fund Scholarship, Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, and the Martin E. Segal Scholarship.

About Christopher Ziemba

Winner of the 2011 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition, pianist, composer, and arranger Christopher Ziemba is already receiving widespread critical acclaim. Hailing from Buffalo, New York, Mr. Ziemba began his musical studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, from which he received bachelor’s degrees in both jazz and contemporary media and music education, as well as a master’s degree in jazz and contemporary media.

In 2009, Mr. Ziemba was featured as a guest artist on Marian McPartland’s famed radio program, Piano Jazz. He also participated in two professional training workshops presented in conjunction with the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall: the 2008 Young Artists Workshop with Fred Hersch and the 2011 Advancing Jazz Improvisation Master Classes with Brad Mehldau.

After completing his studies at Eastman, Mr. Ziemba relocated to New York City to enroll in the two-year Artist Diploma Program in Jazz Studies at Juilliard. He studied with Frank Kimbrough and also worked extensively with other Juilliard Jazz faculty members, Carl Allen, Kenny Barron, Rodney Jones, and Steve Wilson.

Shortly after graduating in 2013, Mr. Ziemba was featured on Ted Nash’s big band release, Chakra. He soon will be releasing his own debut album as a leader, as well as a duo project with saxophonist Michael Thomas.

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2013-14 JUILLIARD DANCE SEASON

Juilliard Dances Repertory

The program features works from the repertory:

Baker’s Dozen

Choreography: Twyla Tharp

Music: Willie “The Lion” Smith

Staging: Shelley Washington

Costume Design: Santo LoQuasto

Lighting: Jennifer Tipton

Costumes courtesy of Hubbard Street Dance, Chicago

Premiered on February 15, 1979 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

The music will be performed live by Juilliard Jazz alumnus, pianist Christopher Ziemba.

 

Concerto Six Twenty-Two

Choreography: Lar Lubovitch

Music: W.A. Mozart, Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A Major, K. 622

Staging: Katzarzyna Skarpetowska

Costume Design: Anne de Velder

Lighting: Craig Miller

Commissioned by Centre national de danse (Angers, France) and premiered on April 9, 1986 at Carnegie Hall

Music will be performed live by the Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by Karina Canellakis.

Juilliard clarinetist Weixiong Wang is the soloist.

 

The Jig Is Up

Choreography: Eliot Feld

Music:  Celtic music performed by The Bothy Band with Archibald McDonald and John Cunningham

Staging: Eliot Feld, Patrice Hemsworth, and Jacquelyn Scafidi

Costume Design: Willa Kim

Lighting Design: Allen Lee Hughes

Premiered on January 24, 1984 at the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts in East Lansing, Michigan,

The Feld Ballet

 

Performances on:

Friday, March 21, 2014, 8 PM

Saturday, March 22, 2014, 8 PM

Sunday, March 23, 2014, 3 PM

Monday, March 24, 2014, 8 PM

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 8 PM

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

 

Tickets are $30; $15 for seniors/students and available online at www.juilliard.edu/dancesrep or at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu/dancesrep.

 

ADDITIONAL EVENTS ON THE 2013-14 JUILLIARD DANCE SEASON

Senior Dance Production

Friday, April 25, 2014 (8 PM), Saturday, April 26, 2014 (2 PM and 8 PM), and Sunday, April 27, 2014 (2 PM and 8 PM) in the Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater at Juilliard

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.

FREE; Tickets will be available online only beginning April 11.

 

Choreographic Honors

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 8 PM; Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 8 PM

Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater

A sampling of works curated from workshops and performances by Juilliard Dance Division students throughout the year.

FREE; no tickets required.

 

Senior Dance Showcase

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 8 PM

Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Featuring Juilliard Dance’s “Class of 2014” in a diverse program of solos and duets from the repertory and created by alumni and commissioned choreographers.

FREE; ticket information to be announced.