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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Jun
25

ANNOUNCING MARCELO GOMES!

Broadway Dance Lab is thrilled to welcome the incomparable Marcelo Gomes to our roster of choreographers joining us in the lab this season.   We are honored that this superstar of the ballet world supports BDL’s mission to “reach across the aisle” and invite choreographers of all backgrounds to explore the Broadway idiom.

Marcelo Gomes Photo by: Jade Young

Marcelo Gomes
Photo by: Jade Young

Marcelo Gomes is one of classical ballet’s most sought-after male dancers. A native of Brazil, Mr. Gomes joined American Ballet Theatre in 1997 and was promoted to soloist in 2000 and principal dancer in 2002. He has performed in every full-length ballet in the company’s repertoire, and has worked with and/or created leading roles for virtually every major choreographer in the last 18 years including George Balanchine, Mikhail Fokine, Anthony Tudor, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Jerome Robbins, Sir Frederick Ashton, John Cranko, and Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, John Neumeier, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Jiri Kylian, Lar Lubovitch, James Kudelka, Nacho Duato, Jorma Elo, Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon, Matthew Bourne and Alexei Ratmansky.

Mr. Gomes’ performances have been seen throughout the world. In addition to his touring with ABT, he has appeared at many international dance festivals, and has been a guest artist with the Bolshoi Ballet, the Mariinsky Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, The Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Teatro Colon, Mikhailovsky Ballet, Universal Ballet, Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, and New York City Ballet.  He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Hope Prize at the Prix de Lausanne, a Bessie Award, and the Pris Benois de la Dance.

Marcelo Gomes Photo by:MIRA -American Ballet Theatre

Marcelo Gomes
Photo by:MIRA -American Ballet Theatre

Mr. Gomes has recently begun a successful choreographic career, and has created pieces for American Ballet Theatre, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, La Scala and Kings of the Dance. His ballet Apothéose, created for Julie Kent and Roberto Bolle, had its premiere on the opening night of American Ballet Theatre’s Metropolitan Opera House engagement in May 2013.  His newest work, AfterEffect, will enter the repertoire of ABT in October 2015 at the David H Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City.

In January 2015, The HARID Conservatory initiated the Marcelo Gomes Scholarship Program, which provides invaluable assistance to gifted young male dance students.

Find out even more about Marcelo Gomes by visiting www.marcelogomes.co


Jun
12

BDL WELCOMES CAMILLE A. BROWN!

We are thrilled to kick off our 2015 season by introducing our first Cycle 3 choreographer, Camille A. Brown.  Read more about Camille below and you’ll see why we are so very excited she is joining us in the studio this Fall.

Camille A. Brown, photo: Ra-Re Valverde

Camille A. Brown, photo: Ra-Re Valverde

Camille A. Brown is a prolific choreographer who has achieved multiple accolades and awards for her daring works. Ms. Brown is a Bessie Award Winner for her work, Mr. TOL E. RAncE, a 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, 2015 TED Fellow, two-time Princess Grace Award recipient (Choreography & Works in Progress Residency), a two-time recipient of NEFA’s National Dance Project: Production Grant, 2015 Lucille Lortel Award Nomination (Fortress of Solitude), 2015 MAP Fund Grantee, recipient of 2015 Engaging Dance Audiences Grant, the 2014 Joyce Award with DANCECleveland, a Jerome Foundation 50th Anniversary Grant, and a 2014

New York City Center Choreography Fellow. She was also the 2013 recipient of The International Association of Blacks in Dance Founders Award, the Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award (Wesleyan University), and the 2012 City College of New York Women & Culture Award.

Informed by her music background as a clarinetist, she creates choreography that utilizes musical composition as storytelling investigating the silent space within the measure, and filling it with mesmerizing movement.

Camille A. Brown’s choreography and dynamic performances have led her to receive a Bessie nomination for Best Performance in her work, The Evolution of a Secured Feminine, and a Best Choreography nomination from the Black Theater Arts Alliance for her debut work set on the Ailey Company, The Groove To Nobody’s Business.  She was also among the first cohort of fellows for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab.

Camille A. Brown

Camille A. Brown, photo: Matt Karas

Commissions include: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco!, Urban Bush Women, Complexions, Ailey II, Ballet Memphis, and Hubbard Street II, among others. She was the Choreographer for Saverio Palatella’s line, Whole¬garment 3D, for New York Fashion Week in 2008. A graduate of the LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, Ms. Brown earned a B.F.A. from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. From 2001-2007 she was a member of Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence, A Dance Company, and was a guest artist with Rennie Harris’ Puremovement, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (2008 and 2011).

Theater credits include: Choreographer of A Streetcar Named Desire (Broadway 2012), The Fortress of Solitude (The Public Theater), Stagger Lee (DTC), William Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale (Regional), Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick…BOOM! (City Center Encores! Off-Center), and Marcus Gardley’s THE BOX: A Black Comedy (Regional).

Initiatives include: The Gathering, an open forum for intergenerational black female artists to support one another and to advocate for greater cultural equity and acknowledgement in the contemporary dance world; BLACK GIRL SPECTRUM, a multi-faceted community engagement initiative that addresses the civic, educational, and economic struggles of black girls and women and seeks to amplify the cultural and creative empowerment of black girls and women through dance, dialogue, and popular education tools.

Camille is also the Co-Director (with Moncell Durden) of the new program at The Jacob’s Pillow School. Her new work, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, will premiere at The Joyce Theater September 22-27, 2015.

For more information on Camille A. Brown and her company please visit:  www.camilleabrown.com