REDCAT and CalArts Present the Premiere Performance of The Next Dance Company
Los Angeles, CA, April 3, 2009--REDCAT and CalArts present The Next Dance Company at REDCAT, performing Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 at 8:30pm. Tickets are $20, with student discounts available. Seating is general admission. Tickets and information at the REDCAT box office, 213.237.2800 or www.redcat.org.
The Next Dance Company, under the direction of acclaimed choreographer and CalArts School of Dance Dean Stephan Koplowitz, makes its debut at REDCAT in a two night engagement featuring choreography from Alpert award in the Arts (Dance) recipients Stephan Koplowitz and Pat Graney, commissioned work from Andre Megerdichian and Nicholas Bruder, and finishing out the program world premieres choreographed by The Next Dance Company members.
Twenty-five strong and comprised of the most accomplished choreographers and performers the CalArts Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance's 2009 graduating class has to offer, The Next Dance Company introduces us to the next generation of American contemporary dance. "The name refers to the fact that every member of the company is on the verge of their professional careers," explains artistic director Stephan Koplowitz.
Highlighting the grace and discipline of The Next Dance Company, Stephan Koplowitz has included on the program Famished, a remounting of his quartet incorporating text and song to illuminate human desires, needs, and how to get good table service. Seattle-based choreographer Pat Graney provides an excerpt of Faith which has been described as "brilliance, existing in a hazy place where the human and divine intersect, where the passion of both joy and suffering are equally beatified."
REDCAT, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, is located at the corner of W. 2nd and S. Hope Streets, inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex (631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90012).
ABOUT THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Stephan Koplowitz is an award-winning director-choreographer known for his work on the concert stage and for creating original site-specific multi-media works for architecturally significant sites. Since 1984 he has created 56 works and has been awarded 40 commissions. He is the recipient of a 2004 Alpert Award in the Arts (Dance), a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography in addition to a 2000 New York Dance and Performance Award, "Bessie" for "Sustained Achievement" in Choreography. Koplowitz is also the recipient of six National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships from (1988-97). Since 1987, he has had eight seasons at NYC's Dance Theater Workshop (as recent as May, 2006). His dance-theater work for the stage incorporates text, song and media. Koplowitz has also been produced by Dancing in the Streets (six national commissions), the American Dance Festival, "Serious Fun" at Lincoln Center, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the Bates Dance Festival (three se asons), London's Dance Umbrella Festival (two commissions), Dance Place of Washington D.C. (three seasons), and many other venues. In 2008, he launched an eight member site-touring dance company, Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce which created 15 works of dance and two films within six weeks in June/July in Idyllwild and Los Angeles. A new version of TaskForce will premiere seven new works in Plymouth, UK, June 20-28, 2009. After working and living in New York City (Brooklyn) for 23 years, Koplowitz, in 2006 accepted the position of dean of Dance for the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts.
Stephan Koplowitz's Website
ABOUT PAT GRANEY
Seattle-based choreographer Pat Graney has received Choreography Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, Washington State Arts Commission, NEA International Program, National Corporate Fund for Dance and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 2008, Ms. Graney received both a US Artist Award and the Alpert Award in the Arts (Dance). The Pat Graney Company, incorporated in 1990, has toured to most major American cities as well as internationally to Japan, England, Scotland, Germany, Singapore, Chile and Brazil. Ms. Graney has been commissioned by Pacific Northwest Ballet and presented as part of the Goodwill Games Arts Festival in 1990. The Pat Graney Company began Keeping the Faith in 1992, which they offer to incarcerated women and girls nationwide. The program consists of performances, lecture-demonstrations and workshops for incarcerated women and girls. In 1995, the Company completed a six-month pilot project at Washington State Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor, culminating in performances for inmates and the general public. 2009 marks the 15th consecutive residency of Keeping the Faith in Washington State. In 2000, the Company developed a National Model of Keeping the Faith, where the KTF Artist Team works with artists in US cities to set up local programs based on Keeping the Faith. Ms. Graney has also lectured abroad about this unique program, drawing capacity audiences in Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan. Keeping the Faith had its first international presentation of the artist training in Dublin, Ireland in May of 2004. Ms. Graney and her company premiered House of Mind in Seattle in 2008, which will travel to Houston, Miami, NY and the Kohler Art Center in Wisconsin. Ms. Graney is publishing a chap book of short stories about her fifteen years working with women in the US prison system.
Pat Graney's Website
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