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CalArts and REDCAT Present The Next Dance Company

The Next Dance Company

The Next Dance Company
Choreography by: Stephan Koplowitz, Reggie Wilson, Rebecca R. Levy, Christie Nelson-Sala, Zahra Banzi-Horn, Ashley Handel, Darcy Lyons, Erica Peña, Julia Romanskaya, Anne-Marie Talmadge and Kristi Tornga
Performers include: Zahra Banzi-Horn, Kelsey Dolan, Ashley Handel, Darcy Lyons, Meagan Nugent, Erica Peña, Julia Romanskaya, Kristi Tornga, and Anne-Marie Talmadge

Thursday, May 6 | 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 8 | 8:00 pm

CalArts | Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater
24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355
Price: Free
Reserve your ticket online at http://www.calarts.edu/events/06may-2010/nextdancecompany2010

Friday, May 14 | 8:30 pm
Saturday, May 15 | 8:30 pm

REDCAT | Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater
631 W Second Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Price: $15 [Students $12]
Purchase your ticket by calling 213-237-2800 or online at www.redcat.org

(Valencia, CA) CalArts and REDCAT present four evenings of innovative dance from the resident ensemble of CalArts' The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance, The Next Dance Company. Under the artistic direction of acclaimed choreographer Stephan Koplowitz, The Next Dance Company draws together the school's most accomplished performers and choreographers--all members of the 2010 graduating class. The Next Dance Company will perform at CalArts' Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater on May 6 and 8, 2010 and then make their way downtown to REDCAT on May 14 and 15, 2010.

This year's program includes world premieres by Stephan Koplowitz and 2009 Herb Alpert Award recipient, Reggie Wilson, commissioned work by Rebecca R. Levy (MFA II), and Christie Nelson-Sala (MFA II). Also included will be additional new student choreography
and performances by Zahra Banzi-Horn, Ashley Handel, Darcy Lyons, Erica Peña, Julia Romanskaya, and Kristi Tornga.

Stephan Koplowitz, Dean of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts, Artistic Director of The NEXT Dance Company, and Herb Alpert Award winner (2004), presents the world premiere of his new duet Drawn That Way, an inquiry into how we relate to our physical persona.

2009 Herb Alpert Award winner and internationally acclaimed NYC-based choreographer Reggie Wilson has created a new work, Twelve Ladybugs on the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts' 2010 BFA showcase company.  Within this work, lyrics to pre-recorded sound, nine performers and their constant change of relationship to each other force mood and meaning onto the lens of the viewer.

Tickets for The Next Dance Company at CalArts on May 6 and May 8 at 8:00 pm are free and can be reserved online at http://www.calarts.edu/events/06may-2010/nextdancecompany2010. Seating is limited and tickets can be picked up at 6:30 pm on the day of the event. The Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater is located inside the front doors of CalArts and directly on the left (CalArts is located on 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355).

Tickets for The Next Dance Company at REDCAT on May 14th and 15th at 8:30 pm are $15 ($12 for students with current ID) and are available at www.redcat.org or by calling 213.237.2800. REDCAT is located at the corner of W. 2nd and Hope Streets, inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex (631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012).

CalArts website | www.calarts.edu
REDCAT website | www.redcat.org
Stephan Koplowitz website | www.koplowitzprojects.com

Stephan Koplowitz is a director/choreographer/media artist. Since 1984, he has created 57 works and has been awarded 41 commissions. He is the recipient of a 2004 Alpert Award in the Arts (Dance), a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography and a 2000 New York Dance and Performance Award, Bessie for Sustained Achievement in Choreography. Koplowitz was also awarded six National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships from 1988-1997.

His company was produced and commissioned for eight seasons at NYC's Dance Theater Workshop from 1987-2006. His work has also been produced by Dancing in the Streets, the American Dance Festival, Serious Fun at Lincoln Center, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the Bates Dance Festival, London's Dance Umbrella Festivall, Choreographic Center, Essen, Germany, Dance Place of Washington D.C., and many other venues.

In July 2005 he created a video/performance work, A Walk Between Two Worlds with Hanoi-based visual artist Dao Anh Khanh that premiered at L'Espace Theater in Hanoi. Revealed, a site-adaptive public art installation/performance involving room size camera obscuras, was installed in Battery Park City and in 2007 was installed at MASS MoCA and the Mead Museum in Amherst. He is currently touring with his site company Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce, which has performed in Idyllwild and Los Angeles in 2008 and Plymouth, UK in 2009. Koplowitz lived in NYC for 23 years and in 2006 accepted the position of dean at the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts.

Reggie Wilson (Artistic Director and performer) founded his company, Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group, in 1989. Wilson draws from the movement languages of the blues, slave and spiritual cultures of Africans in the Americas and combines them with post-modern elements and his own personal movement style to create what he now calls "post-African/Neo-HooDoo Modern dances."  His work has been presented nationally and internationally.

Wilson is a graduate of New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and has lectured, taught and conducted extended workshops and community projects throughout the US, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. He is the recipient of the Minnesota Dance Alliance's McKnight National Fellow (2000-2001). Wilson is also a 2002 BESSIE New York Dance and Performance Award recipient for his work The Tie-tongued Goat and the Lightning Bug Who Tried to Put Her Foot Down and a 2002 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. He has been an artist advisor for the National Dance Project and is a Board Member of Dance Theater Workshop.  Most recently, in recognition of his creative contributions to the field, Wilson was named a 2009 United States Artists Prudential Fellow and is the recipient of the 2009 Herb Alpert Award in Dance.

His current work, The Good Dance -- dakar/brooklyn had its World premiere at the Walker Art Center in November 2009 and NY premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2009. For more information on the Company and Reggie Wilson, please email fistandheel@verizon.net.

For additional information about the performances at REDCAT, images, media and interviews, please contact Diana Wyenn at 213-237-2873 or dwyenn@calarts.edu.

The nation's first art institute to offer BFAs and MFAs in both the visual and performing arts, CalArts is dedicated to training and nurturing the next generation of professional artists, fostering brilliance and innovation within the broadest context possible. Admissions to CalArts is competitive and considered mainly on the basis of demonstrated talent, creativity and commitment. To encourage innovation and
experimentation, CalArts' six schools--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater--are all housed under one roof in a unique, five-story building with the equivalent of 11 acres of square footage in Valencia, California, just 30 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles.

Opened by CalArts in 2003, REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) introduces diverse audiences, students and artists to the most influential developments in the arts from around the world, and gives artists in this region the creative support they need to achieve national and international stature. REDCAT is the newest partner in an international network of adventurous art and performance centers, which together are playing a vital role in the evolution of contemporary culture. REDCAT is a center for experimentation, discovery and lively civic discourse. For more information, visit www.redcat.org

REDCAT Season Sponsors include The Standard Hotel Downtown, Yamaha, Ovation TV, Los Angeles magazine and KCRW. For complete REDCAT Acknowledgements visit www.redcat.org/acknowledgments.

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