Spotlight http://www.capezio.com/spotlight Your Resource for Dance News! Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:20:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 “The Body as a Riddle” in Tasmania http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/the-body-as-a-riddle-in-tasmania/ http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/the-body-as-a-riddle-in-tasmania/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:20:27 +0000 http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/?p=14775 Tasdance, an Australian dance training and presenting organization, will present The Body as a Riddle on Saturday, March 21 at the Harvest Market in Launceston and on Sunday, March 29 at the Taste of the World Festival in Hobart. A

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Tasdance, an Australian dance training and presenting organization, will present The Body as a Riddle on Saturday, March 21 at the Harvest Market in Launceston and on Sunday, March 29 at the Taste of the World Festival in Hobart.

A performance that is part dance, part theatre and part participation, The Body as a Riddle is directed by Portugal’s Madalena Victorino.

It will feature Victorino, her fellow Portuguese artist Marta Silva and the dancers of the Tasdance ensemble, as accompanied by an exhibition of images and choreographic letters.

Read more about The Body as a Riddle in Tasmania at Dance Informa.

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Gauthier Dance presents “Infinity” program http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/gauthier-dance-presents-infinity-program/ http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/gauthier-dance-presents-infinity-program/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:19:43 +0000 http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/?p=14779 In its eighth year as the dance company of Theaterhaus Stuttgart in Germany, Gauthier Dance will present the mixed bill Infinity this spring, which will feature eight pieces, including four world premières. Infinity boasts works by a varied group of renowned

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In its eighth year as the dance company of Theaterhaus Stuttgart in Germany, Gauthier Dance will present the mixed bill Infinity this spring, which will feature eight pieces, including four world premières.

Infinity boasts works by a varied group of renowned contemporary choreographers, including Johan Inger, Nanine Linning, Cayetano Soto, Alejandro Cerrudo, Po-Cheng Tsai, Charles Moulton, Alexander Ekman and Hans van Manen.

Eric Gauthier’s company premieres Infinity on Thursday, April 30 and runs through Saturday, May 9.

Read more about Gauthier Dance premiering Infinity at Dance Informa.

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Spoleto Festival presents 2015 Dance Series http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/spoleto-festival-presents-2015-dance-series/ http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/spoleto-festival-presents-2015-dance-series/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:18:59 +0000 http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/?p=14771 Spoleto Festival USA is a premier performing arts festival set in the charming Southern city of Charleston, South Carolina each spring. Welcoming its 39th season this year, the Spoleto Festival has announced its 2015 Dance Series, which will include performances

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Spoleto Festival USA is a premier performing arts festival set in the charming Southern city of Charleston, South Carolina each spring.

Welcoming its 39th season this year, the Spoleto Festival has announced its 2015 Dance Series, which will include performances by the Scottish Ballet, Trisha Brown Dance Company and Shen Wei Dance Arts. Plus, there will be a brand new collaboration premiered between Memphis jookin’ sensation Charles “Lil Buck” Riley and cellist Ashley Bathgate.

The festival runs May 22 through June 7, 2015, and features some exciting opera, theater, circus and music shows as well.

Read more about the dance performances at the 2015 Spoleto Festival at Dance Informa.

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The Tap Pack – Lacing up for a regional tour and beyond http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/the-tap-pack-lacing-up-for-a-regional-tour-and-beyond/ http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/the-tap-pack-lacing-up-for-a-regional-tour-and-beyond/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:45:58 +0000 http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/?p=14761 The Tap Pack is bringing tap back into the spotlight with old school flair. Three of Australia’s leading hoofers – Jordan Pollard, Jesse Rasmussen and Thomas J. Egan – have joined forces to create a tap comedy show inspired by

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The Tap Pack is bringing tap back into the spotlight with old school flair. Three of Australia’s leading hoofers – Jordan Pollard, Jesse Rasmussen and Thomas J. Egan – have joined forces to create a tap comedy show inspired by The Rat Pack on the 1950s and the tappers of yesteryear, such as Sammy Davis Jr., Gregory Hines and Gene Kelly. Directed by Nigel Turner-Carroll, the show has received rave reviews in Sydney, Melbourne and most recently, Newcastle, with a regional tour planned over the next six months.

Sponsored by Capezio, The Tap Pack wear custom K360 tap shoes. “We all have beautifully handcrafted Capezio K360s for the show, which are customized black and gold especially for The Tap Pack. I can’t tell you just how great these shoes are,” says Jordan Pollard. “For us and the type of dance we do, which can get loud, hard and fast, the handcrafted K360 is our favorite choice.”

Currently rehearsing for their large regional tour, the dancers are also busy performing for corporate clients and on cruise ships. And when on tour, the guys teach workshops in each city for budding young tappers who’d love to learn from the artists they just saw on stage. “We never sit still for long!” says Pollard.

The Tap PackThe group enjoys inspiring the next generation of tap dancers and is enthusiastic about the pool of talent waiting in wings. “There are some crazy young tap dancers coming up, which is super exciting! It means the art form is still strong and we will hopefully still be keeping tap at the forefront of Australia’s entertainment in the future.”

Pollard urges young tappers to take in as much as possible, which should include seeing The Tap Pack on their upcoming tour. “Keep learning and be a sponge,” he advises.

“Be respectful and build relationships in a positive way. The industry is small and it always pays to be a hard worker. And have fun. Sometimes I get to ‘work’ and realize I’m performing with my best mates, doing something I love. Take it in and enjoy the moment!”

Young tappers and the entire dance industry are excited about the group’s upcoming shows and the guys are charged to bring their brand of tap to regional communities.

“Tap dance has always been prevalent in the Australian market, and Australia has some of the best tappers too. We have found the response to our show incredible! So many people used to tap dance, and so many people can relate to the rhythms and beats which tap dancing creates. Even though we are decked out in suits and bow ties, tap dance has a very primal vibe and I’ve heard a lot of people say after they see the show, ‘I didn’t know I was going to enjoy it that much.’ There is something within every human that responses to rhythms and beats,” Pollard shares.

But their plans don’t end with their Australian tour. “As well as performing the show, we have been in a creative cocoon for the last two months – writing, choreographing and developing more material and a new style of show. We have our sights set on Vegas and Asia next year,” reveals Pollard. “We see The Tap Pack going from strength to strength and we want to keep pushing the envelope with Australians in tap dance as much as we can.”

The Tap Pack 2015 TourThe Tap Pack has been built on the strong friendship of the three and their vision for a new tap show that celebrates their love for the art form. “Tom, Jesse and myself have been great mates for years and we all shared the same vision for this project. We all wanted to create something special and do it for the love of it.”

The show is fun and spontaneous, with each performer given a lot of freedom to play with their character, which they each created themselves. With sharp, dynamic dance routines mixed with wit, humor and amazing live music from a six-piece band, it is a great night out for the young and the old.

The Tap Pack would like to thank Capezio for all its support with this highly successful project.

“Capezio is an amazing sponsor and have the best tap shoes around. They are super easy to communicate with, always attentive to detail, friendly and still carry on the ‘family business’ vibe they started with, even now when they are obviously a global brand,” Pollard says.

The troupe is eagerly awaiting the new Capezio Tapsonic tap shoes, which were just released in the last few weeks. The Tapsonic tap shoe is much lighter, but much louder than a standard tap shoe, with a stylish look and amplified heel.

“We have a few pairs coming in very soon and we are really excited! Anything from Capezio is great and we can’t wait to see what they have come up with now,” Pollard exclaims. “I mean, just look at the Tapsonic’s heel! Looks crazy!”

To see Jordan Pollard and The Tap Pack in action, visit www.thetappack.com for tour dates and information.

By Deborah Searle of Dance Informa.

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“Breakout: Dance Choreographers Ball” in Brisbane http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/breakout-dance-choreographers-ball-brisbane/ http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/breakout-dance-choreographers-ball-brisbane/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 22:10:39 +0000 http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/?p=14746 Brisbane dance hub Mad Dance House will host “Breakout: Dance Choreographers Ball” on Saturday evening, February 28 at The Church in Fortitude Valley. At this club-like event, five emerging choreographers will present new works in a variety of styles. Choreographers

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Brisbane dance hub Mad Dance House will host “Breakout: Dance Choreographers Ball” on Saturday evening, February 28 at The Church in Fortitude Valley.

At this club-like event, five emerging choreographers will present new works in a variety of styles. Choreographers include Pryce Brown, Anti Fischer, Vanessa Friscia, James Fenwick and “Goose.” Subjects vary as each choreographer works with their own team of dancers.

The dance community is invited to celebrate a night of premieres, and then to kick back and enjoy the party.

Read more about Breakout: Dance Choreographers Ball at Dance Informa.

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Finnish National Ballet revives “Don Quixote” http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/finnish-national-ballet-revives-don-quixote/ http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/finnish-national-ballet-revives-don-quixote/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 22:09:06 +0000 http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/?p=14750 Twenty years after first presenting it, The Finnish National Ballet will once again perform Patrice Bart’s Don Quixote on March 21-April 10 at its home theater in Helsinki, Finland. Patrice Bart, a former Paris Opera Ballet principal dancer, initially set

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Twenty years after first presenting it, The Finnish National Ballet will once again perform Patrice Bart’s Don Quixote on March 21-April 10 at its home theater in Helsinki, Finland.

Patrice Bart, a former Paris Opera Ballet principal dancer, initially set his version of Don Quixote on the company in 1995. Now the major classical ballet will be revived, bringing the audience from wintry Finland to sunny Spain.

Lead roles will be performed by Principals Edita Raušerová, Frans Valkama, Michal Krčmář and Sergio Torrado, as well as Étoile Eun-Ji Ha and Soloist Desislava Stoeva.

Read more about Finnish National Ballet in Don Quixote at Dance Informa.

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“An American In Paris” opens on Broadway http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/american-paris-opens-broadway/ http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/american-paris-opens-broadway/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 22:08:05 +0000 http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/?p=14742 The new stage adaptation of the beloved 1951 MGM movie-musical An American in Paris has moved to Broadway’s Palace Theatre after its premier season in Paris. Previews begin Friday, March 13 and then its grand opening is Sunday, April 12.

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The new stage adaptation of the beloved 1951 MGM movie-musical An American in Paris has moved to Broadway’s Palace Theatre after its premier season in Paris.

Previews begin Friday, March 13 and then its grand opening is Sunday, April 12.

The production received glowing reviews in France and is sure to be a hit in New York as it features choreography by Christopher Wheeldon, who formerly danced with New York City Ballet and was the company’s first ever Artist-In-Residence and Resident Choreographer.

The lead roles of Jerry Mulligan and Lise Dassin are performed by NYCB Principal Robert Fairchild and Royal Ballet First Artist Leanne Cope.

Read more about An American in Paris coming to Broadway at Dance Informa.

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Expressions Dance Company premieres “The Host” http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/expressions-dance-company-premieres-the-host/ http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/expressions-dance-company-premieres-the-host/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:23:35 +0000 http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/?p=14696 Expressions Dance Company, an award-winning Australian contemporary dance ensemble, will premiere choreographer Natalie Weir’s The Host on May 1-9 at Queensland Performing Arts Centre in South Brisbane. Joining enthralling dance theatre with a bit of capricious fun, The Host will

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Expressions Dance Company, an award-winning Australian contemporary dance ensemble, will premiere choreographer Natalie Weir’s The Host on May 1-9 at Queensland Performing Arts Centre in South Brisbane.

Joining enthralling dance theatre with a bit of capricious fun, The Host will present a “dinner party of a lifetime.” The work looks at society’s insatiable desire for control and status.

Collaborators include fashion designer Gail Sorronda, lighting designer Ben Hughes and musical director Tania Frazer.

Read more about Expressions Dance Company premiering The Host at Dance Informa.

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Ballroom stars tour U.K. and Ireland http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/ballroom-stars-tour-u-k-and-ireland/ http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/ballroom-stars-tour-u-k-and-ireland/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:12:28 +0000 http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/?p=14692 Many Latin and Ballroom champions are currently touring the U.K. and Ireland in Brendan Cole’s brand new theatre show A Night To Remember. Cole, star of the British television show Strictly Come Dancing, performs in this production beside some of

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Many Latin and Ballroom champions are currently touring the U.K. and Ireland in Brendan Cole’s brand new theatre show A Night To Remember.

Cole, star of the British television show Strictly Come Dancing, performs in this production beside some of his Strictly colleagues and three Britain’s Got Talent dancers.

Featuring live music presented by a cast of 14 musicians, A Night To Remember will conclude its tour at Birmingham Symphony Hall on March 29.

Read more about A Night To Remember on tour at Dance Informa.

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Peridance Contemporary Dance Company 2015 Spring Season http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/peridance-contemporary-dance-company-2015-spring-season/ http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/peridance-contemporary-dance-company-2015-spring-season/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:00:37 +0000 http://www.capezio.com/spotlight/?p=14688 Peridance Contemporary Dance Company (PCDC) returns to the Salvatore Capezio Theater in New York City with an exciting 2015 Spring Season. Presented March 7-8 and 14-15, the Spring Season will premiere new works by Founder and Artistic Director Igal Perry, French choreographer

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Peridance Contemporary Dance Company (PCDC) returns to the Salvatore Capezio Theater in New York City with an exciting 2015 Spring Season.

Presented March 7-8 and 14-15, the Spring Season will premiere new works by Founder and Artistic Director Igal Perry, French choreographer and former Cedar Lake dancer Manuel Vignoulle and Italian freelance choreographer Macia Del Prete.

The opening night show on Saturday, March 7 will present the Peridance Youth Ensemble in a special presentation, plus the company’s Annual Benefit Dinner.

Read more about the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company 2015 Spring Season at Dance Informa.

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