The Turning Point in 35mm + a Performance by Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet - Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet will present four new works in conjunction with the screening of the 1977 film, The Turning Point, starring Mikhail Baryshnikov, Anne Bancroft, and Shirley McLaine.
The first piece, entitled Sous le Soleil by Emilie Skinner, takes place on a French beach-side and is a lighthearted examination of the young, free love that was rampant in the late 1960’s. Dancers wiggle and bop to the sounds of 60’s surf musicians, such as the Gee Cees, and Santo and Johnny.
You Are a Memory by DNCB company member, Addison Reed, is a re-telling of the classic ballet, Giselle. This time we find ourselves in a women's sanitarium in 1931, where Giselle has been placed after her broken heart drove her insane and almost killed her. She still pines for Albrecht, who is betrothed to another. In this trio, it is Giselle’s longing that sets the tone, along with two other broken women. They dance solemnly to Bibo No Aozora by Ryuichi Sakamoto.
The third piece, entitled Cupid & Psyche by Victoria Tran, is the story of a stunningly beautiful girl, Psyche, born after two older sisters. People throughout the land worship her beauty so deeply that they forget about the goddess Venus. Venus becomes angry that her temples are falling to ruin, so she plots to ruin Psyche. She instructs her child, Cupid, to pierce the girl with an arrow and make her fall in love with the most vile, hideous man alive. But when Cupid sees Psyche in her radiant glory, he shoots himself with the arrow instead.
The live performance will conclude with a romantic pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet with original choreography by Sir Kenneth MacMillan and music by Prokofiev.
THE TURNING POINT SYNOPSIS
The story of two women whose lives are dedicated to ballet. Deedee left her promising dance career to become a wife and mother and now runs a ballet school in Oklahoma. Emma stayed with a company and became a star though her time is nearly past. Both want what the other has and reflects back on missed chances as they are brought together again through Deedee's daughter who joins the company.
Photos by Alisa Eykilis
Suspiria in 35mm + a Performance by Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet
Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 9:00 pm
Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet will present two new works in conjunction with the screening of the 1977 film, Suspiria.
The first piece, entitled Shades by Victoria Tran, is an ethereal performance drawing from the mythological idea that the ghosts or spirits of the dead reside in the shadows of the underworld. Shades is set to the eerie hum of Tibetan singing bowls and the movement itself is inspired by Butoh, a form of avant garde performance art that arose in Japan in 1959, which encompasses slow, distorted movements meant to reflect organic natural beauty.
The second piece, entitled Coven by Emilie Skinner, features a sinister cast of witches writhing and relishing in the power of their spell as they seek to destroy their latest victim. Mixed and mastered by Daniel Skinner, the music pulls from selections from the Suspiria soundtrack by Goblin, as well as works by Ennio Morricone, Claudio Gizzi, and Lalo Schifrin, and acts as the perfect segue to the film.
Suspiria (Latin for sighs) is a 1977 Italian horror film by Dario Argento, co-written by Argento and Daria Nicolodi, and co-produced by Claudio and Salvatore Argento.
Critics have called it "one of the most striking assaults on the senses ever to be committed to celluloid [...] this unrelenting tale of the supernatural was—and likely still is—the closest a filmmaker has come to capturing a nightmare on film."
A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the staff of the school is actually a coven of witches bent on chaos and destruction.
We are so thrilled to be working with Yale graduate and composer, Jordan Kuspa, on a new piece entitled Whirlwind that will premiere June 6th at the Courtyard Theatre, preceding our performance of Scheherazade.
Jordan’s music has been praised in the New York Times as “animated and melodically opulent” and “consistently alive and inspired.” His music has been performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall, as well as in Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, South Korea, Switzerland, and Turkey.
Whirlwind is an exciting new piece set to a piano triptych, which includes Jordan’s Toccata (2007), Aftermath (2008) and On the Rocks, created this year specifically for Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet.
You don’t want to miss this world premier performance! Get your tickets online at www.dallasneo-classicalballet.com!
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DGDG artistic director, Danielle Georgiou, talks about her piece that will be performed April 14 with DNCB:
“What This Is Not About” explores the levels of experience that are sought but never
We are hiring both male and female dancers for our Spring Performance. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Company classes are held Sundays at 10:30am.
Don't miss DNCB's performance of Kaguya-Hime this weekend at the Crow Collection of Asian Art.
DGDG (Danielle Georgiou Dance Group) will be presenting original choreography by founder, Danielle Georgiou, during the second act of
the ballet. The choreography is heavily influenced by the traditional style of Butoh Dance, an avant garde performance art originating in Japan in the early 1960s.
Georgiou, along with DGDG dancers Delaney Como, Nanci Mendoza,
and Jana Duplechin, will represent the people of the moon in Kagyua-Hime.
DGDG combines dance, theatre, and film to create interactive performance pieces, while playing with abstractions of traditional narratives.
Based on the idea that collaboration generates creativity, DGDG is an entirely collective process with all the work being created by both Georgiou and the dancers.
A look at DNCB's costume designer for the upcoming ballet, Kaguya-Hime:
Working with Art Director, Gregory Ruppe, Kennetha Woods is preparing to give classical ballet a fresh look.
"Design for me has always been a captivating pursuit; to create ideas from imagination and bestow specific aesthetic and functional qualities provides an enthralling challenge.I acquire a very pragmatic, yet an inventive oversight to
design with a staunch belief that nothing is ever impossible. Graduating with a Fashion Body and Garment Post-Baccalaureate from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA in Sculpture from Texas Christian University; my personal endeavor has been to continuously explore the possibilities of merging sculpture and fashion as an iconically fashionable art form. As an artist and designer, my ultimate goalis to manufacture a design that is inspiringly unique and novel."
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