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 Post subject: "Desiderare" premiered by Prometheus Dance, May 12-14, 2011
PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:29 am 

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Prometheus Dance premieres Desiderare, choreographed by Diane Arvanites & Tommy Neblett; performed by the company, accompanied by Karen Klein (poet) and Ashima Scripp (cellist). Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14, at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm, with wine bar and chocolates served). A silent auction held on Friday and Saturday evenings. Tickets: $25 general admission, $20 students, seniors, BDA members. Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center (CMAC), 41 Second Street, Cambridge. Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located near the Lechmere Station on the Green Line. For advance tickets and information: 617-577-1400 or

Desiderare is an evening length dance/theatre piece suggestive of a nineteenth century brothel where seven women are waiting. The chairs that support them in their wait become a part of their story — leverage for change, a representation of inner strength or resignation, a voice in solidarity, a tool of passion, a prison metaphor. The work invokes images of women who are tough, resilient and independent.

Desiderare is gender specific because of it’s thematic premise and is, as are many works by Prometheus Dance, a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit, the perseverance of a cultural identity, and a reflection of human nature. The women will be portrayed by dancers Naoko Brown, Elena Greenspan, Jennifer Kelble, Callie Chapman Korn, Kate Neal, Nikki Sell, and Lonnie Stanton.

Desiderare will be interspersed with spoken word and movement by poet, sculptor, and Prometheus Dance’s The Elders Ensemble member Karen Klein. Written by Ms. Klein, the text will be a narration of sentiment and incident spoken as warning, comfort, destiny, and predetermined events. Live music by cellist Ashima Scripp will accompany parts of the evening.

The set created by Karen Klein and Diane Arvanites will be curtains of hanging chain strung with flowers and bones. The wall is a metaphor representative of sweet perfume, body scent and restraining circumstances.

A silent auction will be held on Friday and Saturday nights, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Prometheus Dance.

As co-Artistic Directors of Prometheus Dance, Diane Arvanites and Tommy Neblett each hold a BFA in dance and create dance/theatre that has been performed throughout the northeastern United States; and internationally in Spain, France, Denmark, Venezuela, Mexico and Ecuador. In the past twenty-three years, they have choreographed fifty works for Prometheus Dance, three unique educational family programs, three productions for Opera Boston; as well as creating The Elders Ensemble, a second company of post-professional dancers ages 60-88, which received a Gold Star Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). Their work has been produced and/or commissioned by the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, the Joyce Soho, the Celebrity Series, World Music/Crash Arts, Dance Umbrella, First Night, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Opera Boston, The Boston Conservatory, Walnut Hill, Emerson Stage, and The Yard. They have received a Creativity Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and five Artists Fellowships for Choreography from the MCC. Ms. Arvanites has also been honored as a Distinguished Alumni from The Boston Conservatory. They are long-time members of the dance faculties at The Boston Conservatory, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Harvard University, Brookline Ballet, and The Dance Complex, teaching contemporary dance technique, partnering and choreography.

Further background on the current company:

Naoko Brown (4th season) was born in Nagoya, Japan. There, at the age of six, she was introduced to the world of dance by Michko Matsumoto. Seven years later, she moved with her family to Lansing, Michigan, where she trained under Barbara Smith. While training there she was able to perform at the National Ballet School of Gdansk Dance Theater in Poland and with dancers from Vaganova Ballet School in St. Petersburg, Russia. Naoko received her B.F.A. in Dance from The Boston Conservatory where she performed works by Daniel Pelzig, Sean Curren, Lar Lubovitch and Jose Limon.

Elena Greenspan (2nd season) grew up in Massachusetts and received her early training at Donna Miceli Dance Center. She graduated magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo with a B.A. in Dance and a minor in Speech and Hearing Science. Elena is a current member of Prometheus Dance Company and has performed as a dancer in commercials that have appeared regionally on television. She has had additional training with Elisa Monte, Ronald K. Brown, H.T. Chen, Urban Bush Women, Jon Lehrer, and Jeannette Neill Dance Studio. Elena's love and passion for dance is also expressed through her desire to teach. She is currently on the faculty at Jeannette Neill Dance Studio and Broadway Bound Dance Center. Elena has worked with handicapped children using movement as a means of expression and as an outlet for their innate creativity.

Jennifer Kelble (1st season) received her BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory, where she performed in works by Murray Louis, Paul Taylor, Jacqueline Buglisi, and Anna Sokolow. She continued on, dancing for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as Dance Captain onboard the Monarch of the Seas, then spent the next few years teaching throughout the Los Angeles area while dancing with both the Santa Monica Contemporary Ballet and the Los Angeles Ballet Theatre. Jennifer then headed east, where she joined the Lydia Johnson Company in New York and continued to teach all around the tri-state area. Today Jennifer is happy to be dancing with Prometheus and continues to teach in her hometown of Pembroke, MA.

Callie Chapman Korn (8th season) graduated from The Boston Conservatory with a B.F.A. in dance. In addition to dancing with Prometheus Callie is the artistic director of Zoé Dance and has presented her work throughout the greater Boston area in festivals, self-produced concerts, shared concerts and recently toured to Santiago, Chile in January. In addition to being a dancer and choreographer Callie is the staff associate at Boston Dance Alliance and is a freelance graphic designer.

Kate Neal (1st season) began ballet at the age of three in her hometown of Casper, Wyoming and continued to dance throughout her childhood, adding tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, and pointe to her repertoire. She attended Walnut Hill School for two years of high school, training with teachers including Michael Owen, Samuel Kurkjian, and Diane Arvanites. Kate continued her training at the Boston Conservatory for two years under the instruction of teachers including Leslie Koval, Luis Fuente, San Peng Polo, Jennifer Scanlon, Diane Arvanites, and Tommy Neblett. Kate then transferred to Mount Holyoke from which she received a B.A. in dance with a minor in Biology in 2009. She then returned to Casper, Wyoming where she taught various styles of dance. Kate recently returned to Boston where she is teaching dance at The Brookline Ballet School and working with both Prometheus Dance and Zoé Dance. Her performance credits include choreography by Mark Morris, Anna Sokolow, Sean Curran, and Jose Limon.

Nikki Sell (12th season) is a native of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, where she started dancing at the local studio at the age of three. As a teen, she spent her summers studying dance at the Ballet/Aspen program in Colorado and at the Dupree Studios in Los Angeles. She completed her high school years at the Idyllwild School of Music and Performing Arts in California and graduated Valedictorian of her class. She then studied at The Boston Conservatory, earning a BFA in Dance and graduating Summa Cum Laude and Salutatorian of her class. Nikki has performed regionally and internationally with Prometheus Dance, ACE Entertainment, Impulse, and Boston Dance Company, and has also danced a leading role in an industrial video for Spalding sports equipment and a TV commercial for W.B. Mason office supplies, for which she was also the choreographer. Recently, her choreography was presented by San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet at the Regional Dance America/SW Festival. Nikki has appeared as a master teacher for the Regional Dance America/SW Festival, San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet, Brandeis University, Framingham State College, and Arts Rochester and is currently on faculty at the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, Boston Youth Moves, Walnut Hill School & Community Dance Academy, and The Boston Conservatory.

Lonnie Stanton (2nd season) received her B.F.A. from the Boston Conservatory in May 2009. She was the recipient of the Jan Veen Scholarship and a Dance Department Merit Scholarship. She began her dance career with the Northern California Ballet where she enjoyed lead roles in the Nutcracker and beyond. At The Boston Conservatory her credits include: Gianni Di Marco’s premiere On the Brink, Diane Arvanites and Tommy Neblett’s Full Moon, José Limón’s Dances for Isadora (Maenad Solo) and Missa Brevis re-staged by Jennifer Scanlon. In her last year, she performed excerpts of Martha Graham’s Steps in the Street directed by Yuriko. Outside the Conservatory, Lonnie has performed with Boston’s Urban Nutcracker directed by Tony Williams. The last two seasons she has been blessed to work with Tommy and Diane as a member of Prometheus as well as travel with them to Ecuador performing Devil’s Wedding, Deadly Day, and excerpts from Desiderare.

Karen Klein (poet) is a visual artist; her wood sculptures, artist’s books, and drawings have been shown in eight solo exhibitions, including the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, and in numerous juried and invitational shows nationally. She is the Exhibitions Chair for New England Sculptors Association, a member of Studios Without Walls and Galatea Fine Art. Reproductions of her drawings have been published in books, including those from Oxford, Beacon, McGraw-Hill and her haiku, haibun, and haiga have been published in national and international magazines and anthologies. As a young woman, she studied dance with Martha Graham, Jose Limon, and Mary Anthony. Retiring after thirty-seven years in the Brandeis English Department, she resumed dance studies first with Marcus Schulkind and then Tommy Neblett and Diane Arvanites and has performed with Prometheus Dance, Daniel McCusker, Emily Beattie, Joan Green and Kee Chin. She is thrilled to be dancing with The Elders Ensemble and enormously grateful to Tommy and Diane for their creativity and their enthusiasm for and support of dancing across the lifespan.

Ashima Scripp (cello) has performed with orchestras, ensembles and in recital in major concert halls around the world. Ashima has received top prizes at many solo competitions and performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician. Ashima is the cellist and Associate Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Walden Chamber Players based in Boston, MA. With Walden, she performs a variety of chamber music repertoire at some of the most distinguished series in the country. Ashima also performs in recital, as a member of the Zefira Trio and runs an active teaching studio in the Boston area. She has recently been heard on Boston's WGBH, Los Angeles' KMozart and has been featured in the Pioneer Press. Ashima is a member of the cello and chamber music faculty of the Longy School of Music and Concord Academy.

Further background information on Prometheus Dance:

Prometheus Dance is an ensemble of nine dancers performing original works by co-Artistic Directors Diane Arvanites & Tommy Neblett.

The program demonstrated that Diane Arvanites & Tommy Neblett have created a formidable dance repertory of which they can be truly proud, and which represents an extraordinary contribution to cultural life in Boston.”
The Boston Herald

Founded in 1987 by Ms. Arvanites, Prometheus Dance is one of Massachusetts’ most outstanding and established modern dance companies, contributing professional performance, arts education and cultural service to communities throughout New England. Named “One of the Years’ Ten Best in Dance” by The Boston Phoenix 2007 & 2004, The Boston Herald 2002, and The Boston Globe 2000, the company performs extensively both regionally and internationally. Developed through a highly-charged and theatrical choreographic style, the dances of Prometheus are visually beautiful, physically intense, and emotionally provocative. Choreographic ruminations dealing with social issues and psychological intricacies are the company’s trademark. Prometheus Dance is most widely known for its performances of the large-scale works: Apokalypsis, concerning the world-wide refugee crisis; Dreams, based on Jungian symbolism; Impromptus & Intrigues, a modern setting of a Schubertiade; Anadimioupyia, exploring the physicality of Tourettes Syndrome; Warp, a multimedia journey of perceptions; and in Opera Boston’s Nixon In China, Alceste and The Pearl Fishers.

Prometheus Dance has been produced in New York City by the Joyce SoHo, New York University, Downtown Baca, La Mama, the Out-of-Doors Festival at Lincoln Center, and in Avery Fisher Hall with the Brooklyn Philharmonic; in Massachusetts by the Celebrity Series, Opera Boston, Dance Umbrella, Crash Arts, First Night, the Boston Center for the Arts, Emerson Stage, The Boston Conservatory, Williams College and The Yard; in Connecticut by the New England Artists’ Trust Congress and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas; in Maine at UofM Fort Kent and Presque Isle; and at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and the Yes Virginia Dance Festival.

The company has also performed at international festivals in Marseille, France; Santiago de Compostella, Spain; Valencia, Venezuela; and Quito, Ecuador.

Formed in 2005 as a second company, The Elders Ensemble of Prometheus Dance is a performing group of post-professional dancers ages 60-88. The Elders have performed at numerous senior citizen and assisted living centers; at the Massachusetts State House; Brandeis University; at a Governor Patrick fundraiser; at Spoke-the-Hub in Brooklyn, NY; and at their annual performance weekends at The Dance Complex. In April 2006, The Ensemble received a Gold Star Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for outstanding and inventive arts programming in the state.

Prometheus Dance is also highly committed to providing audience specific outreach performances in elementary schools, healthcare facilities, prisons and at political events. The Artistic Directors believe that creating choreographies that address social issues is both essential and educational. Exploring the human condition and illuminating individual uniqueness creates respect, tolerance and value for every life in the community. The company has performed at the Massachusetts Correctional Institute in Framingham (maximum security women’s prison), Rosie’s Place (battered women’s shelter), the Jane Doe Walk for Women’s Safety, the Boston Alzheimer’s Center, World AIDS Day Observances, and many local dance community benefits. Prometheus Dance also tours Opposites, its acclaimed K-5 in-school performance, throughout the public education systems of Metro-Boston. Visit for more information.

It’s art that makes worthwhile questions impossible to ignore.”
The Boston Herald

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