Speaking of DANCEworks Choreographers!
This seems like a perfect moment to visit the choreographers of DANCEworks. Where are they now?
For me, each year of DANCEworks is unique and unforgettable. By the end of each month long residency, I begin to feel that we mustn’t let these dancers go. They usually feel the same way. Then, just like sending kids off to college, it becomes time to let go. It’s made for a lot of emotional goodbyes, but the good news is that the friendships and relationships continue. We don’t REALLY say goodbye. More like, “’til next time.”
It’s been a while since we brought our readers up-to date, so before we gear up to get ready for our September 2016 residency, I thought it would be meaningful to take a glance over our shoulder for a quick visit with each of our past artists-in-residence. I’m also providing links to each website, so you can explore their accomplishments at leisure and more in depth..
Choreographer Adam Barruch Sweeney Todd
Adam premiered a new work set on Keigwin and Company for their Joyce Theatre season in December 2015. Here, he talks about creating Drop. https://youtu.be/ZaQ10ERQed4
IN Adam’s own words, here’s what he’s up to:
I am currently in Minneapolis making a new work for Minnesota Dance Theater and will soon be creating a new work for Groundworks Dance Company in Cleveland, Ohio. I’ve also been creating pieces for the students at The Hartt School in Connecticut and Marymount Manhattan College. Chelsea and I are reviving a work of ours for a performance in Bryant Park this summer. And finally…we are making steps to continue the creation of Sweeney this fall with a residency and performance in NYC!! Stay tuned for more information about that!!
Choreographer Aszure Barton Busk
Aszure got married at our home last summer. As you might imagine, it was a glorious wedding. Since that time, she’s been touring a lot, travelling internationally. Her most recent work, Happy Little Things, premiered in Munich and was performed in Canada. At this moment, as far as I can determine, she’s setting work on the English National Ballet.
Choreographer Brian Brooks Big City
Brian Brooks is hard to keep up with these days. Since Big City, which toured nationally, Brian has partnered, to great acclaim, with ballerina Wendy Whelan in Restless Creature. They’ve toured nationally and internationally for over a year. He recently choreographed Trevor Nunn’s Pericles off Broadway.
Choreographer Mark Dendy Dystopian Distractions
,Mark continues to write, direct, and perform in his own dance theatre work. Last fall, at Dixon Place in NYC, he premiered Whistleblower, a searing new work about Chelsea Manning. He is scheduled to perform in Dystopian Distractions this summer at the American Dance Festival!
Choreographer Doug Elkins Mo(or)town Redux
Doug teaches choreography at Rutgers University. He was selected by Paul Taylor to create a new work for the Paul Taylor Company which will premiere at Lincoln Center in March! He’s a wonderful facebook contributer and I can usually count on him to have found some wonderfully obscure video of dance that I can repost on our DANCEworks fb page!
Choreographer Larry Keigwin Bolero Santa Barbara
Larry’s been extremely busy. His recent Joyce Theatre season in December 2015, was a sold-out success. He’s one of three choreographers commissioned by veteran choreographer Paul Taylor to create a new work on the Taylor Company. It will premiere at Lincoln Center in March 2016. In April 2016, Larry will travel to California to create his newest Bolero, Bolero Silicon Valley. It will premiere on April 2 at Stamford University, for anyone wishing to attend! Have fun, Silicon Valley!