Perry-Mansfield Announces 2011 Summer Dance Season July 21- August 5 in Steamboat Springs, CO
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98th SUMMER DANCE SEASON ANNOUNCED
PERRY-MANSFIELD PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL
2011 SUMMER PERFORMANCES
JULY 21 –AUGUST 5
IN STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO
DANCE PROGRAM UNDER THE DIRECTION OF LINDA KENT
COMMISSIONED WORKS FEATURING PRINCESS GRACE
2010 CHOREOGRAPHIC FELLOW KYLE ABRAHAM, THANG DAO,
ANTONIO BROWN, RICK MCCULLOUGH, ERNESTA CORVINO,
JANET CRAFT, JENNIFER GOLONKA, MEGHAN GRUPPOSO,
JENNY CARLSON AND TAMMY DYKE-COMPTON
New York, NY (July 20, 2011) – Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School (Jim Steinberg, Board Chairman; Linda Kent, Director of Dance) has announced its 2011 summer dance season of amazing variety and compelling physicality, continuing the rich heritage of innovation and artistry begun in 1913.
Perry-Mansfield Board President Jim Steinberg commented, “Linda Kent returns for her 11th season at Perry-Mansfield enriching and challenging students from throughout the United States with a world class faculty, cutting edge choreographers and repertory masterworks.”
Kyle Abraham is one of two choreographic fellows selected by the Princess Grace Foundation in 2010. His work, “Fix Up, Look Sharp” created on Perry-Mansfield scholarship students is premiering July 21st. Kent refers to Abraham as one of the most talked about dynamic emerging choreographers who has also been honored with a 2010 Bessie Award for outstanding performance in dance. Abraham was heralded by OUT Magazine as one of the “best and brightest creative talents to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama.”
There will be seven world premieres on Evening of Dance (July 21 – 23) and four as part of the Youth Arts Festival (August 4 – 5). Extraordinary young artists from conservatory and college programs such as Juilliard, Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, and the most prestigious performing arts high schools have been gathering at Perry-Mansfield for the past 11 summers and this year is no exception.
All performances will take place at Perry-Mansfield (40755 Routt County Road 36, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487), July 21 – August 5. For additional information , please visit www.perry-mansfield.org or call 970-879-7125,
For lodging and area information, please visit the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort online. Additional information is available on the website at www.perry-mansfield.org.
2011 Perry-Mansfield Dance Performing Arts School schedule is as follows:
July 21 – 23 at 8:00 in the Main Studio
Tickets are $20 ($10 for children 10 and under). To reserve seats call 970-879-7125
Original Work Created for Perry-Mansfield Students:
Choreographed by Rick McCullough
A contemporary pointe piece displaying alienation with an urban edge.
Choreographed by Jennifer Golonka
This piece explores our relationship with photographs and memories. The human struggle to leave the past behind all the while longing for the future.
Fix Up, Look Sharp
Choreographed by Kyle Abraham
This piece is subtitled The Realest Remix.
Choreographed by Janet Craft
Sweet Beatles captures the era of the 60's in a series of solo's, duets & trios. The dancers suspend above the stage in a canvas sling.
Choreographed by Thang Dao
Heart Play explores the complexities and mystery of relationships between two people and how each individual lose themselves when their heart is at play. The work was inspired by the title and text of Heiner Muller's own Heart Play.
On the Path
Choreographed by Ernesta Corvino
A ballet set to celtic harp music for three men and nine women. As the dancers portray an ancient celtic tribe journeying along a path, it becomes a metaphor for the journey of life.
Groove Street Manor
Choreographed by Antonio Brown
Groove Street Manor is a fun high energy piece that blends the styles of jazz, african and modern into a comedic adventure that aims to please all.
August 4th and 5th at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Studio
Tickets are $15 ($10 for children 10 and under). To reserve seats call 970-879-7125.
Youth Arts Festival
An Evening of Dance and Theatre Premieres
Jennifer Golonka, Meghan Grupposo, Jenny Carlson and Tammy Dyke will be creating pieces for the Youth Arts Festival inspired by the enthusiasm and daring of twenty-one 13 to 15 year-old eager dancers.
Jim Steinberg (Board Chairman and Interim CEO, Perry-Mansfield) For the past 36 years his work as a professional photographer has garnered numerous national and international awards including a national book award as well as a Colorado Book Award and in 2006 he was named on of the decades 100 most important nature photographers. He is President and CEO of Portfolio Publications. He was honored by the Rotary International Foundation in 2006 with a Humanitarian Service Award after Hurricane Rita and was the recipient in 2011 of the Florence Ruston Award for Philanthropy. He is an 11-year trustee at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, serving on the Finance and Budget, Strategic Planning and Governance Committees.
He also serves as a Trustee at the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, Chairing the Strategic Planning Committee while also serving on the Executive, Search, Building Campaign, and Budget and Finance Committees. Jim is also a trustee at the Helen G. Bonfils Foundation, The National Council for the American Theatre and director of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, as well as the only honorary member of the American Theatre Critics Association. He was a member of the board of the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp from 1991 – 2002, serving as Treasurer, President, interim Executive Director and Chair of the Capital Campaign. He is back again as Chairman and interim CEO. He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a masters and doctorate from the University of Oregon.
Linda Kent (Director of Dance, Perry-Mansfield) has toured internationally as a Principal Dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre from 1968 – 1974 and as a Principal Dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1975 – 1989. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School’s Dance Division and has been a faculty member there since 1984. Since 2001 she has been the Director of Dance at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
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