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CalArts Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance Presents the 2009 Spring Dance Concert and Launches The Next Dance Company

Premiere performances of the 2009 Spring Dance Concert Premiere performances of The Next Dance Company

Spring Dance Concert--Wednesday, April 29, Friday May 1 at 8 p.m.

The Next Dance Company--Thursday, April 30 and Saturday, May 2

Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355-2397

Price: Free


Valencia, March 26, 2009--Celebrating tomorrow's innovators of contemporary dance, The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) presents the 2009 Spring Dance Concert and launches The Next Dance Company with four evenings of performances at CalArts.

The annual Spring Dance Concert, a selection of new works by CalArts students, features choreography by faculty members Stephanie Nugent and Colin Connor.

Newly created, The Next Dance Company, directed by acclaimed choreographer and School of Dance Dean Stephan Koplowitz, and comprised of the twenty-five students of the 2009 graduating class, unites CalArts' most accomplished choreographers and performers.

"The Next Dance Company is born out of CalArts Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance and created to showcase the talents of the school's most advanced students," explains Stephan Koplowitz. "The name refers to the fact that every member of the company is on the verge of their professional careers, that they are hopefully, the 'next' members of dance companies they either join or begin themselves."

The world and Los Angeles premiere of The Next Dance Company includes a re-mounting of Stephan Koplowitz's "Famished," first presented at New York's Dance Theater Workshop in the late 1980s and an excerpt from "Faith" by renowned Seattle-based choreographer and 2008 Herb Alpert Award Winner, Pat Graney, praised for its "brilliance, existing in a hazy place where the human and divine intersect." New works commissioned from students Andre Megerdichian and Nicholas Bruder and dances by graduating seniors, selected by audition, round out the performances.

Currently, graduating students are in the process of choreographing over seventeen new dances. Of these, six to eight will be selected for The Next Dance Company performances on April 30 and May 2 with additional selections for the performances at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater) the following week.

The Next Dance Company's mission is to create a focused performance and choreographic showcase for CalArts School of Dance graduating seniors. The goal is to support the creation and development of new choreography and the commission of new work--choreographed by graduating seniors, guest artists, faculty and/or MFA students.

About The Next Dance Company 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 seasons), 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.

Following is more information about the 2009 Spring Dance Concert at the Sharon Disney Lund Theater

Student Choreography by:
Giovanni Allen
Eric Esparza
Jay Jackson
Darcy Lyons
Lindsay Newton
Julia Romanskaya
Anne-Marie Talmadge
Kristi Tornga

Faculty Choreography by:
Colin Connor
Stephanie Nugent

Premiere of The Next Dance Company Concert

Student Choreography by:
Bryn Cohn
Pamela Gonzales
Erika Marosi
Cassandra Richards
Jon'Nai Russell
Tiffaney Stacey
Ashley Terra

Commissioned Student Work:
Nicholas Bruder
Andre Megerdichian

Remounted Works by:
Stephan Koplowitz, Dean of the School of Dance
Pat Graney, 2008 Herb Alpert Award Winner in Choreography

California Institute of the Arts is recognized internationally as a leading laboratory for the visual, performing, media and literary arts. Housing six schools--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater--CalArts educates professional artists in an intensive learning environment founded on artmaking excellence, creative experimentation, cross-pollination among diverse artistic disciplines, and a broad context of social and cultural understanding. CalArts also operates the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles.

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