Featuring established to emerging classical artists from San Jose to San Francisco.
Zohar Performance Series is proud to present the second show in our Series: The Ballet Spectrum: Classical to Contemporary featuring the exquisitely refined eMotion Arts, Margaret Wingrove Dance Company, Mark Foehringer Dance Project | SF, Menlowe Ballet, San Jose Dance Theatre, The New Ballet, and Mario Barron.
Come experience an elegant and intimate evening as we get up close and personal with exceptionally talented classical and contemporary artists, get a first look at some of their newest work, and discover where to see them next.
Saturday, November 10, 2018
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Zohar Performance Space | 4000 Middlefield Road L4 | Palo Alto
Photo: Mark Foehringer Dance Project|SF
Photo Credit: Matt Haber
Standing room and (on the floor) seating
Available on Eventbrite
"The Lady with the Lamp" choreographed by Michael Lowe and Sarah-Jane Measor
Dancers: Ali McKeon, Chantelle Pianetta, Stefanie Maughan Smith
Photo by: Eric Raeber
Born in Oakland and raised in Alameda, Michael Lowe was encouraged at an early age to explore the joy and discipline of classical ballet to augment his coordination and strength in athletics. With his first dance lesson, his love for music found a counterpart with his natural agility, leading to a care path. Michael joined the Oakland Ballet in 1974 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1976 with his debut as Alias in Billy the Kid. A scholarship student at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City, Lowe also performed with Pacific Ballet Company, Gilbert Reed Ballet Company, Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, North Dakota Ballet and the Old Souls New Shoes Dance Company under Mark Morris. Michael worked with such legendary choreographers as Agnes de Mille, John Butler, Leonide Massine, Frederic Franklin, Anna Sokolow, Betsy Erickson, Willem Christensen and Ronn Guidi. In 1989, he recreated the role of Beau Gosse for Oakland Ballet’s historical reconstruction of Bronislava Nijinska’s Le Train Bleu.
During and after his performing career, Lowe revealed himself to be a gifted choreographer. He created a number of striking ballets for Oakland Ballet including Table for Two, Witness, The Emperor and the Nightingale, Dim Sum, Double Happiness, and Bamboo, for which he received an Isadora Duncan Award for Best Choreography. More recently, Mr. Lowe was invited to choreograph a world premiere for Oakland Ballet’s 50th Anniversary celebration. In addition to his choreographic accomplishments, Michael has assumed artistic leadership positions with ballet companies including Oakland Ballet, Peninsula Ballet, Black Diamond Ballet, and he served as Resident Choreographer for Moving Arts Dance.
As founding Artistic Director of Menlowe Ballet, Mr. Lowe has given his own company a number of stunning works to perform including Plague, Chuntian, Cirque, Serei, Tribute, Transcendence, Legend of the Seven Suns, Playing Love, Jin Ji and After Hours, as well as the company’s full-length ballet It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker.
Launched in early 2011, Menlowe Ballet has performed fourteen successful seasons achieving critical acclaim and ardent audience response. The founders collectively recognized an opportunity to bring a new choreographic voice to the dance canvas on the Peninsula, as well as address an underserved local community in professional performing arts offerings. Artistic Director, Michael Lowe, has long been a fixture in the ballet world, most notably for his work with Oakland Ballet. Michael brings a rich history and perspective to his work - a principal dancer with Oakland Ballet for three decades, a choreographer for the company in his retirement, culminating in the Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Choreography for his ballet Bamboo. His unique choreographic strengths are evident in his contemporary and cultural ballets, featured in each Menlowe Ballet season.
“Menlowe Ballet is a professional ballet company performing work that impacts Bay Area audiences through exceptional dance and stirring, innovative choreography. The company’s repertoire encompasses cultural, classical, and contemporary styles.”
Menlowe Ballet is a professional ballet company performing work that impacts Bay Area audiences through exceptional dance and stirring, innovative choreography. The company’s repertoire encompasses cultural, classical, and contemporary styles. One of Menlowe Ballet’s core values is to continue the tradition of passing dance on from one generation to the next – artist to artist. To that end, aspiring students from Menlowe Ballet’s official school, the Menlo Park Academy of Dance, regularly perform in company productions.
Since our debut in November 2011, Menlowe Ballet has dazzled local audiences with the following: eleven world premieres by Michael Lowe as well as four reprisals of his most beloved works; world premieres by renowned guest choreographers Betsy Erickson of San Francisco Ballet, Viktor Kabaniaev, and Reginald Ray-Savage of Savage Jazz Dance, Val Caniparoli of San Francisco Ballet, Gregory Dawson of dawsondancesf.
Audience Choice Award PUSHfest 2018 and Harkness award-winning choreographer Lissa Resnick founded No Strings Attached Dance Company in 2012 in Los Angeles, expanding to the SF Bay Area in 2013. With an emphasis on creating vital works though collaboration, Resnick links ballet technique with contemporary dance, theater, and art. LA Weekly hailed the company’s art/dance collaborations as one of the ‘Top Five Dance Shows This Week’. The company has been featured in venues and curated series throughout California, including Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Francisco. Visit www.lissaresnick.com for more info and upcoming performances.
Photo: Lynne Fried
Mark Foehringer Dance Project|SF (MFDP|SF) serves as a
catalyst for professional level contemporary dance. Enriched by this collaborative process, MFDP|SF seeks to present diverse original dance work to a variety of communities on an annual basis. We focus on three areas of dance; producing and performing the works of Mark Foehringer, presenting works by other choreographers through Dancing in the Park and other dance events and dance education through our apprenticeship program and Young Choreographer’s Forum.
Photo credit: Matt Haber
Dalia Rawson is the Executive Director of The New Ballet Studio Company and The New Ballet School - San Jose. From 1991 to 2006, Dalia Rawson performed a wide variety of leading roles as a dancer with Ballet San Jose. Rawson began teaching at BSJ School in 2000, and was named Ballet Mistress in 2007, Principal in 2012, and Director in 2014. In 2013 Rawson was awarded a Fellowship from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet. An ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT National Training Curriculum, Rawson is also a member of the ABT Artistic Board of Examiners. In 2016, Rawson’s production of The San Jose Nutcracker premiered to sold out houses and critical acclaim. About the work, Tad Malone of The San Jose Metro said, “Ultimately, this show’s captivating success comes down to the meticulous and inspired vision of The New Ballet School’s executive director and choreographer, Dalia Rawson. The routines were intricate, graceful - oftentimes unfurling into each other in remarkably fluid transition.”
Photo credit: Chris Conroy
Mariana Sobral began her study of ballet at "Escuela Nacional de Danzas" in Argentina. Her performance experience includes Principal Dancer and Soloist in many traditional classical, and contemporary ballet works like "Giselle”, "The Sleeping Beauty", "Coppelia”, “La Bayadere”, and “Who Cares?” among many others.
Over the years Mariana developed Ballet programs and created award-winning choreography for many studios in the Bay Area. She also taught ballet and directed students of all ages and experience levels for Ballet San Jose School (now New Ballet School), Bay Area Dance School, Santa Clara Ballet, South Bay Dance Center, Pacific Ballet Academy, Peninsula Ballet Theater, and San Jose State University to name a few.
Her choreographic work has earned her many choreography awards. Described as "an ethereal movement with a strong ballet influence" as well as "musical and moving". "She is a storyteller that likes to bring human emotions into her narrative". The goal of eMotion Arts is to guide dancers to realize what shapes their Artistic Vision, their individual and unique style, their "voice".
Photo credit: Kyle Adler
Linda Hurkmans, M.A.
Artistic Director, San Jose Dance Theatre, home of the Longest Running Nutcracker in San Jose (53 years) and the Resident Ballet Company of the Center for Performing Arts
As a child, Linda Hurkmans was given detailed Vaganova training from Connie Schwarze and performed for San José Dance Theatre. She was then heavily mentored by Larissa Sklyanskaya (Soloist with Bolshoi Ballet), Natasha Papina (Soloist with Kirov Ballet, and the 1st ballet partner of Mikhail Baryshnikov), Benjamin Harkarvy, and Conrad Ludlow (Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet). Hurkmans received full scholarships to Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, and at the age of 16, a full scholarship to the University of Utah Ballet Dept. She danced professionally with The Royal Danish Ballet, the Utah Ballet/Ballet West, The Norwegian Andanse Ballet, Zahkraz Dance, and The Norwegian National Ballet in conjunction with The Year of Dance in Norway and the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. She competed in the 72 country ITI International Ballet Competition in Helsinki, Finland, 1991, and appeared in the CBS Mini-Series “At Mother’s Request” starring Stefanie Powers. Linda Hurkmans holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Cum Laude, in Ballet Performance from Univ. of Utah, a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the Notre Dame de Namur University, and full Pilates certifications in Pilates Mat and Apparatus from Turning Pointe Studios and the PhysicalMind Institute. She has taught youth, pre-professional, adult ballet dancers and Pilates students for 18 years in Europe and in the U.S. and at Stanford University and Santa Clara University, where she helped found the Pilates program for dancers and athletes. Hurkmans’ choreography has been performed at the Norwegian State Ballet, Western Ballet, Zohco Dance.In 2014, Hurkmans was named the Artistic Director of San Jose Dance Theatre and helped re-open the doors to the academy and rebuilt it from 0 students to over 100 today. She has choreographed a full length version of “The Nutcracker”, 20 original works for the school and company and has staged "La Bayadere Kingdom of the Shades:, "White Swan Pas de Deux", "Swan Lake Four Little Swans",“Swan Lake Pas de Trois”, “Le Corsaire Pas de Deux”, “Paquita Grand Pas Classique” and more. Hurkmans has overseen San Jose Dance Theatre’s collaborations with Margaret Wingrove’s Dance Co., with Foothill College, and performances at SjDANCE Co. Festival, the Montalvo Arts Center, Santana Row Tree Lighting Event, World Wide Women's Festival at Santa Clara University, San Francisco Movement Arts Festival, and the San Jose Center for Performing Arts. On May 25, 2019, San Jose Dance Theatre will premier Linda Hurkmans' new full length "Firebird" at the Hammer Theatre in San Jose.
Margaret Wingrove is the founder and Artistic Director of Margaret Wingrove Dance Company (MWDC) and has created commissioned works for Palo Alto Ballet, Berkeley Ballet, sjDANCEco ,San Jose Taiko, Opera San Jose,and the Symphony Silicon Valley. She holds a Bachelor’s in Dance from San Jose State University, a Master’s from University of San Francisco, trained with Richard Gibson and at San Francisco Ballet and performed and studied extensively on both the east and west coasts with modern dancers Paul Sanasardo, Norman Walker and Lucas Hoving. Her original work, Shatterings, created in tribute to her son, John, who died of AIDS in 1989, appeared at Flint Center on the televised Timpany Center’s" A Celebration of Courage" and the Names Project at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Her works have also been selected to be presented at Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts, David Howard Showcase in NYC, San Francisco Dance Festival at Herbst Theatre, and seven of her original works have been performed across England. In 1993, Wingrove received the Women of Achievement Award for the Arts and in 1998 was honored by SJSU’s School of Music and Dance for her Contributions to the Field of Dance. She was honored to be the recipient of Silicon Valley Creates (formally Arts Council of Silicon Valley) 2009 Fellowship Award for Choreography. In 2016, Wingrove celebrated 35 years as Artistic Director of MWDC and, to date, has created 130 original works for her company.
Photo credit: Dave Lepor
Adrienne Parker Foley — Former Hubbard Street Dance Chicago company member draws inspiration from her teaching practice, both in the contemporary and classical disciplines, as well as her dance relationship with choreographers’ Twyla Tharp, Ohad Naharin, Lou Conte, Bruce Marx and Janice Garrett, to name a few. Adrienne’s current path involves weaving interdisciplinary dance forms into her contemporary ballet framework.
Vakhtangi Ioseliani — Former premiere dancer with the renowned Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet has brought his dance discipline to the US with the intention of sharing the tradition of Georgian dance, as well as exploring ways in which Georgian cultural movement lends itself to the contemporary dance framework.
Dance Companies come together to celebrate an exciting and elegant evening of contemporary ballet, jazz & modern dance.
Featured Artists Include: eMotion Arts, Zohar Dance Company, ArtistEDGE, Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble, Dacia Biletnikoff, Selina Chih, Mario Barron, Erwin Columbus and Jen Costillo. From beautiful contemporary ballet to expertly crafted jazz dance, culturally inspired Afro-Brazilian and athletic modern, the evening promises to be a treat for all the senses.
Zohar Performance Space | 4000 Middlefield Road L4 | Palo Alto
Photo: eMotion Arts
Photo Credit: Lynne Fried
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