The Joffrey Ballet's Rising Stars -- World Premiere Works from Dance's Hottest Stars
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The last date listed for Rising Stars was Saturday May 14, 2011 / 7:30pm.
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A former soloist for New York City Ballet, Liang’s first work for the Joffrey, The Age of Innocence, premiered in the fall of 2008 and was met with critical and audience acclaim. His theatrical work combines athletic prowess with contemporary sophistication and sensuality. His new work for the Joffrey, titled Woven Dreams, is an abstract ballet inspired by dreams and the idea of a collective consciousness. Using the musical common thread of strings and pizzicato, Liang weaves together seven different movements with music by four different composers, including Benjamin Britten, Michael Galasso, Henryk Górecki and Maurice Ravel, to create a journey through different dreamscapes that explore the visceral difference between dreaming and waking.
Possokhov, a former dancer for the Bolshoi Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, and a principal dancer and choreographer for the San Francisco Ballet, has made a name for himself as an austere and charismatic dancer and a bold, innovative choreographer. Possokhov’s new ballet for the Joffrey is called Bells and is set to Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Over the course of five movements, combining tender pas de deux, sweeping adagios and a powerful men’s section, Possokhov’s choreography plays off the bell-like tolling of the piano in Rachmaninoff’s opening movement and the lyrical freedom throughout the score to create a sense of romantic expressionism amid technical precision.
Rounding out the bill will be the company premiere of Adam’s Night, originally premiered by the San Francisco Ballet in 2000. Inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall and set to the music of “Night Grooves,” commissioned by composer Matthew Pierce, Adam’s work follows a woman through her dreams and nightmares over the course of a night. Using the ebb and flow of energy and imagery common to dream life, Adam uses contemporary movement, both sharp and smooth, to embody the odd combination of memories, emotions and ideas that populate a dreamer’s fluid, fantastical world.
About the Ticket Supplier: The Joffrey Ballet
Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino’s uniquely American vision of dance first took form in 1956. The original company consisted of six dynamic and highly individual dancers. While Robert Joffrey stayed in New York to teach ballet classes and earn money to pay the dancers’ salaries, Gerald Arpino led the troupe across America’s heartland, in a station wagon that pulled a U-Haul trailer. Their repertoire of original ballets by Robert Joffrey set them apart from other small touring companies, who often performed scaled-down versions of the classics. From the beginning, Joffrey and Arpino wanted a company that came out of their roots, out of America.