Hollywood Knights: Pair of Premieres from Man Dance Company
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Man Dance Company proudly presents __Hollywood Knights, __a tribute to the men of the movies which features two world premiere dances: “Hollywood Knights” and “Beyond Brokeback.” The show stars featured guest, Connie Champagne; conductor and guest composer, Shawn Kirchner; Youth Winner, Jalen Preston; returning dancer currently with NYC’s Ballet Hispanico, Mario Espinoza; new dancer Roy Gan and Bryon Heinrich, Man Dance Company director and founder.
Act I ‑‑ the world premiere of “Hollywood Knights” (by choreographer Bryon Heinrich) celebrates the men who graced the red carpet and features seven professional male dancers. They remount famous dance moments from Hollywood feature films (Singing in the Rain to White Knights)! Set to Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #1,__ __Act I highlights feature-film stars Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Gregory Hines, Patrick Swayze, Christopher Reeve and more.
Act II ‑‑ Shawn Kirchner and Ryan Harrison (live musicians from the Brokeback Mountain-tribute album Meet Me on the Mountain) and guest members of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony accompany the world premiere ballet “Beyond Brokeback.” Choreographers and dancers Bryon Heinrich, Mariko Takahashi, Ian Enriquez, and Robert Dekkers will bring to life the stories and music paralleling the dramatic motion picture from the album mentioned above and the book composed by Dave Cullen (known for his best seller Columbine) titled: _Beyond Brokeback _(a collaborative of 150 American’s stories and poems written by members of the Ultimate Brokeback Forum) paralleling the movie.
And the program’s finale features Connie Champagne in a tribute to female icons with the restaging of Judy Garland’s “Get Happy!”
Man Dance Company follows up their successful productions of Sold Out (2009), MARY Christmas (2009-2011), and Takes Two to Tango (2010). Directing his first company, Central Dance Theater (CDT) 2000-2005, Byron Heinrich received four grants from the NEA: “Choreography combining professional dancers and at-risk youth” and “Choreography set to contemporary music compositions.” With a BFA in Dance Performance (Vocal minor) from University of the Arts, Philadelphia, he’s performed with Ballet Chicago, Pennsylvania Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, The Met Opera of Des Moines, Ballet Trockadero, Ballet Grand Diva and Opera Omaha.