For Immediate Release
Contact: Audrey Ross
COMPANY C CONTEMPORARY BALLET FROM THE BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA, MAKES ITS NEW YORK DEBUT IN WORKS BY TWYLA THARP, PATRICK CORBIN, ALEXANDRE PROIA, AND COMPANY DIRECTOR CHARLES ANDERSON
Thursday-Sunday, July 20-23 at 8 PM
Joyce SoHo, 155 Mercer Street
Tickets: $25; $20 for students & seniors
From the San Francisco Bay Area comes COMPANY C CONTEMPORARY BALLET, directed by Charles Anderson, formerly of New York City Ballet. The young company, founded in 2002, will make its New York debut with a program of ballets by Twyla Tharp (Country Dances) Patrick Corbin (Partly Cloudy), Alexandre Prioa (excerpt from A World to Come), and director Anderson (Aposiopesis and Hush).
Born in San Francisco, Charles Anderson returned home after eight years, 1985-93, as a member of NYCB, and established himself as a prominent teacher, choreographer. and director of both classical and modern companies in the Bay Area. His 12-member company includes dancers who have also appeared with the Oakland Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, Lines, Smuin Ballet, and others.
The young company's repertory includes two works by Twyla Tharp, and for their New York debut, they will perform her Country Dances,
set by Christine Uchida, repetiteur of Twyla Tharp Productions, and a dancer in the original cast of the ballet. First performed in 1976, Country Dances showcases a quartet for a lone man and three women. Their movements hum with vitality, duplicating the liveliness of the authentic country fiddle airs that serve as accompaniment. Tharp's work reflects the mood of a longstanding rural family of down-home traditions.
Patrick Corbin is well known as a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company for over 15 years, and before that, as a member of the Joffrey Ballet. His own choreography combines athleticism and musicality with a blend of post-modern and classical dance techniques. The Company will perform perform Corbin's Partly Cloudy, described in Pointe Magazine by Caitlin Sims as: "Set to an electronic score with interjections of rock and choral music, it had a high-voltage athleticism and restless pace."
Company C will present a double pas de deux from A World to Come, which choreographer Alexandre Proia created for them in 2004 to music by David Lang and Kameran Ince. Proia, a graduate of the School of the Paris Opera Ballet, was a soloist with NYCB and created works for them, the Paris Opera Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and others.
Charles Anderson will be represented by two ballets: Hush, a duet for two women set to the music of Bobby McFerrin and Yo-Yo Ma, and Aposiopesis, described by the choreographer as being "all about relationships. I chose the title because I was intrigued by its meaning (a sudden breaking of a train of thought). It's like stepping into a room and forgetting why you decided to go into the room." Set to music by Michael Nyman, the score contains Indian influences, echoed by the choreography.