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 Post subject: AVI SCHER & DANCERS
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:39 pm 

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presents the World Premieres of
Mirrors and No Matter What by Avichai Scher
and Male Portrait #1 by Larry Keigwin
and the New York Premieres of
Aquilarco by Val Caniparoli,
and Last Dance and Our Love's Defense by Avichai Scher
Featuring Principal Dancers from
the New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet and Ballet San Jose
Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 3pm
Studio Showcase at New York City Center, Studio 5
POSTPONED: Monday, June 29, 2009 at 8pm
at The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

AVI SCHER & DANCERS presents a program of six pieces, including three World
Premieres and two New York Premieres, in a Studio Showcase on Sunday, June 28, 2009
at 3pm at New York City Center Studio 5, 130 W. 56th Street, NYC. Suggested donation
of $15, payable in cash at the door. The performance on Monday, June 29, 2009 at
8pm at The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College has been postponed with a
new date to be announced.
The program begins with the World Premiere of Male Portrait #1by Larry Keigwin,
danced by Avichai Scher. Upon completion of a series of female portraits, Keigwin
begins a series of solo pieces exploring the male image and personality with Male
Portrait #1,commissioned by Avi Scher & Dancers. Last Dance,which premiered
in March 2008 in Providence, RI, is a tribute to Jenn Jansma, a former dancer with
Carolina Ballet who passed away from cancer at age 21 in February 2008. The New
York Premiere ofLast Dancefeatures music by Dustin O'Halloran, Yann Tiersen, and
Sara McLachlan and lead dancers Alexsandra Meijer, Abi Stafford, and Christian
Aquilarco(1999) was originally created for San Francisco Ballet stars Evelyn Cisneros
and Stephen Legate. This is the New York premiere of the work by Val Caniparoli,
danced by Racheal Prince and Avichai Scher with music by Giovanni Sollima. Our Love's
Defense, a New York Premiere by Avichai Scher, danced by Melissa Hough and David
Prottas, depicts an angry, passionate couple and their dependence upon one another.
No Matter What explores ideas of community and unity by depicting people in various
situations and moods - good and bad, scary and peaceful - showing that their
to each another take them through anything. This World Premiere by Avichai Scher
is danced by Colby Damon, Elysia Dawn, Alexander Dutko, Ja' Malik, Victoria North,
Racheal Prince, and Nancy Richer with music by Aphex Twin and Adam Lewis. The World
Premiere of Mirrors by Avichai Scher deals with the perception of others and the
differences between private and public behaviors, riffing on the vanities and
associated with one's own reflection. Mirrors is danced by Dena Abergel, Jared Angle,
Melissa Hough, Alexsandra Meijer, David Prottas, Abi Stafford, and Christian
to music by Elena Kats Chernin and Dustin O'Halloran. Appropriate for ages 7 and
On June 26, 2009, Avi Scher & Dancers will dance its first full evening of work
at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out. The program includes premieres by
Avichai Scher and Larry Keigwin, as well as a work by Val Caniparoli.

AVI SCHER & DANCERS was formed in August of 2008 by emerging choreographer Avichai
Scher. The company's mission is to build a young audience for neo classical and
contemporary ballet by presenting top quality dancers and new works in small venues.
In November 2008, the company performed an excerpt from No Matter What at HATCH
in NYC. In May 2009, the company brought Mystery in the Windto the 92nd Street

Avichai Scher, 25, was born in NYC and raised in Israel. He returned to New York
to study on scholarship at the School of American Ballet for eight years. There
he had the opportunity to perform Fritz and the Nutcracker Prince with New York
City Ballet in The Nutcracker for four seasons. A desire to work with many different
companies and choreographers took him on a journey, dancing with ten different
in six years: Sacramento Ballet, Washington Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Joffrey Ballet,
Los Angeles Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, European Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, Carolina
Ballet and Ballet X. He also appeared as a guest with Ballet Chicago, Chamber Dance
Project, Madison Ballet, Pointe of Departure, and the Adam Miller Dance Project.
Some standout roles have included: Puck in Ashton's The Dream, working with Sir
Anthony Dowell, "Red-Man" in Elemental Brubeck, choreographed and staged by Lar
Lubovitch, Mark Morris's A Garden, Michael Smuin's Shinju, Matthew Neenan's
and Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs. Scher always had the desire to be a choreographer
and his first professional commissions came at age 18, creating Jouons for American
Ballet Theater Studio Company and The Perilous Night for Miami City Ballet. Since
then he has had works at: Miami City Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet School's
annual showcases, Usdan Center for the Arts, Washington Ballet Studio Company, Harvard
University, Festival Ballet Providence, Manhattan Youth Ballet, West Wave Dance
Festival, Ballet Builders, Sacramento Ballet, and Shut Up & Dance: Dancers of
Pennsylvania Ballet. In 2008 he choreographed the play Three Movements which ran
at NYC's Theatre Row. Dance Magazine recognized his choreography by naming him
one of the "Top 25 To Watch," and he is the recipient of the Strassler excellence
Award from Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.

Rehearsals at New York City Center made possible by John Fry, with additional support
from Gerald Appelstein.

Last Dance is made possible with generous support from the Jansma family.
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