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This Spring, three terrific choreographers are making works on our students along with one guest artist from NYC who will reconstruct Alwin Nikolais’ classic work, Tensile Involvement.

Meredith Rainey    
Meredith Rainey, who last choreographed for us in Spring 2017 (image), will return to set a work on the Ballet Ensemble. He founded and directed Carbon Dance Company from 2009 to 2014, and was co-director of PITCH, a creative cross-discipline incubator for work. Meredith danced with the Milwaukee Ballet, was a soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet and is a prolific choreographer with numerous grant awards and company commissions to his name.  The Audition is Wednesday, January 23rd at 4:10 in Pem.

This Spring the Modern Ensemble will perform a reconstruction from the repertory of the renowned mid-20th century choreographer, Alwin Nikolais–Tensile Involvement.  This work was created in 1953 and is an early example of Nikolais’ interest in multi-media dance theater and kinetic metaphors for human experience. Tensile Involvement will be set on student dancers by Alberto del Saz, longtime member of the Alwin Nikolais Dance Company and artistic director of the Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance.  The work will be taught in two intensive weekend rehearsal periods: Feb. 1-3 and Feb. 8-10, followed by once a week rehearsals with Mady overseeing. We need 10 dancers to make this work so I hope all interested intermediate and advanced dancers will come to the audition on SUNDAY, January 27 at 2:30 in Pem.

Lela Aisha Jones, 
a BMC Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellowwill demonstrate another side of her talents when she makes a work for our African Ensemble this Spring. As a choreographer beyond BMC’s walls, she has been selected as a Leeway foundation Transformation awardee, an incubated artist at Headlong, and a fellow with the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, among other choreographic honors. The audition is Thursday, January 24 at 7:10 in Pem.

And last but not least, we are delighted to announce the return of Melanie Cotton as choreographer for the HipHop ensemble. Melanie worked with our students in 2014 (image) and 2016.  She danced with Philadelphia’s all female hip hop dance company Montazh and then went on to become a core member of the internationally renowned company, Rennie Harris/ Puremovement, which developed a new genre, Hip-hop/Street Dance Theater.  Other performances include work with Pig Iron and the Fringe and the Walnut Street Theatre’s production of In the Heights. Melanie has choreographed and offered her unique movement style to various theater and dance companies like 1812 Productions, Philadelphia Theater Company, Arden Theater Company and Temple University’s Theater Department. The audition is Tuesday, Jan 22 at 7:10 pm, Pem.

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