UMS Concert Program, April 4 & 5, 1990: Feld Ballets/NY --
Concert: 38th and 39th
Power Center For The Performing Arts Ann Arbor, Michigan
THE UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Wednesday & Thursday, April 4 & 5, 1990, at 8:00 p.m.
Power Center for the Performing Arts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Lynn Aaron Mucuy Bolles David M. Cohen Allison Wade Cooper Geralyn DelCorso Judith Denman Darren Gibson
Nina Goldman Patrice Hemsworth Terace E. Jones Joseph Marshall Priscila Mesquita Buffy Miller Jeffrey Neeck
Scott Rink Joseph Rodgers Jennita Russo James Sewell Elizabeth Simonson Lisa Street Joan Tsao
Peter Longiaru, Company Pianist
Allen Lee Hughes, Resident Lighting Designer
Cora Cahan, Executive Director Peter Hauser, Production Manager
Feld BalletsNY wishes to thank the following supporters who have helped to make these performances possible;
Lila Wallace -Reader's Digest Fund
Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust -Live Music for Opera and Dance; Robert Sterling Clark Foundation Inc.; The Eleanor Naylor Dana Charitable Trust; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; National Corporate Fund for Dance, Inc.; The Scherman Foundation, Inc.; Joan C. Schwartz Philanthropic Fund; the Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust; and The Shubert Organization.
Cameras and recording devices are not allowed in the auditorium.
This project is supported by the Michigan Council for the Arts, and by Arts Midwest members and friends in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The University Musical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides services without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, or handicap.
38th and 39th Concerts of the 11 lth Season Nineteenth Annual Choice Series
PROGRAM Wednesday, April 4
CONTRA POSE (1990)
Choreography: Eliot Fcld Music: C. P. E. Bach Lighting: Allen Lee Hughes
Lynn Aaron Jeffrey Neeck Mucuy Bolles David M. Cohen Allison Wade Cooper
Geralyn DelCorso Judith Denman Nina Goldman
Patrice Hemsworth Terace E. Jones Joseph Marshall
Buffy Miller Scott Rink Joseph Rodgcrs Jennita Russo
James Sewell Elizabeth Simonson Joan Tsao
Music: Symphony No. 3 Wq. 182, movements 1 & 2; Symphony No. 5 Wq. 182, movements 1 & 2; Symphony No. 2 Wq. 182, movement 2; Symphony No. 5 Wq. 182, movement 3.
Choreography: Eliot Feld Musk: Maurice Ravel Costumes: Willa Kim Lighting: Allen Lee Hughes
Lynn Aaron Darren Gibson
Allison Wade Cooper Geralyn DelCorso Patrice Hemsworth Elizabeth Simonson
Asia was made possible by Lila Wallace -Reader's Digest Fund.
Music: "Scheherazade," by arrangement with Theodore Presser Company, agents for Durand S.A.
publisher and copyright owner.
Choreography: Eliot Feld Music: Steve Reich Costume: Willa Kim Lighting: Allen Lee Hughes
Kore (maiden) is a name of the goddess of Greek mythology, Persephone. Persephone was the radiant
maiden of the spring and summertime, whose light step upon the dry, brown hillside was enough to
make it fresh and blooming. The Greek poet Sappho writes, "I heard the footfall of the flower
spring," Persephone's footfall.
Music: "Music for Large Ensemble," by arrangement with Hendon Music, Inc., a Boosey & Hawkes
SKARA BRAE (1986)
Choreography: Eliot Feld
Traditional: Irish, Scottish, and Breton Music
Costumes: Willa Kim Lighting: Allen Lee Hughes
Skara Brae is a Neolithic settlement along the Bay of Skaill in the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland. Built of stone and inhabited by perhaps six families, Skara Brae was abandoned in haste approximately 5,(MX) years ago, the dwellers leaving behind their tools and ornaments. The reason for their departure remains a mystery.
Lynn Aaron Mucuy Bolles Allison Wade Cooper Geralyn DclCorso
Nina Goldman Patrice Hcmsworth Priscila Mesquita Buffy Miller Jennita Russo Elizabeth Simonson Joan Tsao
David M. Cohen Darren Gibson Terace E. Jones Joseph Marshall Jeffrey Necck Scott Rink Joseph Rodgers James Sewell
1. The Women
2. The Men and Women
3. Joan Tsao, Jeffrey Neeck
4. Lynn Aaron
5. Buffy Miller and Mucuy Bolles, Allison Wade Cooper, Patrice Hemsworth, Elizabeth Simonson
6. Joan Tsao
7. Joan Tsao, The Men and Women
Skara Brae was made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust. Traditional Irish, Scottish, and Breton music for the ballet Skara Brae is available from Green Linnet Records, Inc., 70 Turner Hill Road, New Canaan, CT 06840.
PROGRAM Thursday, April 5
AH SCARLATTI (1990)
Choreography: Eliot Fcld Music: Domenico Scarlatti Lighting: Allen Lee Hughes
Geualyn DelCouso Elizabeth Simonson
Mucuy Bollcs Allison Wade Cooper Nina Goldman
Patrice Hcmsworth Priscila Mesquita Buffy Miller
Jennita Russo Joan Tsao
Jeffrey Neeck David M. Cohen Terace E. Jones Scott Rink James Sewell
Peter Longiaru, pianist
Music: Scarlatti Sonatas K. 8, 247, 32, 545, 144, 8, 107, 516, 455, 8.
Mr. Longiaru plays the Steinway piano available through Hammell Music, Inc.
Ah Scarlatti was made possible in part by the Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust.
Choreography: Eliot Fcld Music: Steve Reich Costume: Willa Kim Lighting: Allen Lee Hughes
Music: "Vermont Counterpoint" (1982) performed by Ransom Wilson; by arrangement with Hendon Music, Inc., a Booscy & Hawkes company, publisher and copyright owner.
CHARMED LIVES (1990)
Choreography: Eliot Feld Music: Maurice Ravel Lighting: Allen Lee Hughes Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz
Lynn Aauon Darren Gibson Joan Tsao
Music: Introduction and Allegro for harp, flute, and strings.
Charmed Lives was made possible in part by the Emma A. Sheafcr Charitable Trust.
THE JIG IS UP (1984)
Choreography: Eliot Feld
Music by The Bothy Band, John Cunningham
Costumes: Willa Kim Lighting: Allen Lee Hughes
Mucuy Bollcs Allison Wade Cooper Geralyn DclCorso
Patrice Hcmsworth Buffy Miller Elizabeth Simonson Joan Tsao
David M. Cohen Darren Gibson Terace E. Jones Joseph Marshall
Jeffrey Neeck Scott Rink James Scwcll
1. All the Dancers
2. Joan Tsao, Darren Gibson
3. Elizabeth Simonson
4. All the Men
5. Buffy Miller
6. Geralyn DclCorso, Jeffrey Necck
7. Allison Wade Cooper, Tcrace E. Jones, Scott Rink
8. All the Dancers
The Jig Is Up was made possible in part with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Recordings by The Bothy Band and John Cunningham by courtesy of Green Linnet Records, 70 Turner Hill Road, New Canaan, CT 06840.
About the Artists
The first performance of Feld BalletsNY was on May 28, 1974, at the New York Shakespeare Festival's Newman Theater. The Newman season was extended from three weeks to five, with every performance sold out. During the four-year period following the company's debut performance, it had five New York seasons at the Newman Theater, as well as a season at the City Center 55th Street Dance Theatre and a season at New York's Plymouth Theatre, produced in association with the Shubert Organization. From 1979 to 1982, the Board of Original Ballets Foundation, Inc., the non-profit organization that supports Feld BalletsNY and The New Ballet School, raised funds to renovate an old movie house in New York City into the Joyce Theater. This handsome, intimate theater designed primarily for dance has been the permanent home of Feld BalletsNY since 1982. The New Ballet School opened in January 1978 as a tuition-free, professional ballet training program for talented children in the New York City public schools. In cooperation with the New York City Board of Education, thousands of talented students have been given an introduction to ballet, many of them going on to become members of Feld BalletsNY and other leading ballet companies.
Feld BalletsNY tours extensively, both nationally and internationally. Under the auspices of the U.S. State Department, the company was the official U.S. Bicentennial representative in a nine-week tour of Mexico and Central and South America. In the spring of 1979, Feld BalletsNY was featured in the WNETPublic Television series, "Dance in America" and later in the year made its European debut in the Festival International de Dansc in Paris. This was followed by a five-city tour of northern Italy and a return to Italy in 1983 for the Spoleto Festival. In recent years, the troupe has been touring in cities and on college campuses throughout the country.
Feld BalletsNY first visited Ann Arbor in 1978 for three performances, again in February 1980 (3), November 1980(3), and in 1985 (2). All of the ballets performed during these programs are new to Ann Arbor audiences except one (The Jig Is Up). Following this engagement, the company will tour the Swiss cities of Zug, Basel, St. Gallcn, Zurich, and Geneva, with an East Coast tour of the United States planned for fall 1990.
Eliot Feld Born: Brooklyn, New York. Studied: School of American Ballet, New Dance Group, High School of Performing Arts, Richard Thomas. Performed: At age 12 with New York City Ballet as "Child Prince" in original Nutcracker and in Phoenix Theatre's musical Sandhog; with the companies of Donald McKaylc, Pearl Lang, Sophie Maslow, and Mary Anthony. At sixteen joined the Broadway cast of West Side Story and appeared as Baby John in the movie version; on Broadway in Can Get It for You Wholesale and Fiddler on the Roof; with American Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Company, and Feld BalletsNY. Choreographed: Sixty-three ballets since 1967. Created ballets for American Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Company, Royal Danish Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, John Curry Skating Company, National Ballet of Canada, Royal Swedish Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Feld BalletsNY.
Lynn Aaron Born: Gainesville, Georgia. Studied: School of American Ballet. Performed: Gaines?ville Ballet, Basel Ballet, School of American Ballet workshop in Japan, Manhattan Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet; with Feld BalletsNY since 1987.
Mucuy Holies Born: Komchem, Mexico. Studied: Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Marin Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, first level award winner of 1988 National Foundation for the Arts. Performed: Walnut Hill Dance Co., Seacoast Ballet, Marin Ballet; with Feld BalletsNY since 1988.
David M. Cohen Born: Chicago, Illinois. Studied: Villa Park School of Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, School of American Ballet. Performed: Pacific Northwest Ballet, St. Paul's Ballet Company, Stamford City Ballet, School of American Ballet Workshop; first season with Feld BalletsNY.
Allison Wade Cooper Born: Orange, New Jersey. Studied: New Jersey School of Ballet, Darvash Ballet School. Performed: Ballet West, Nutcracker with Darvash Ballet School; with Feld BalletsNY since 1984.
Geralyn DelCorso Born: Bergcnficld, New Jersey. Studied: School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet Academy. Performed: New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center Lecture Series; American Ballet Theatre, Berlin Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ballet Today; with Feld BalletsNY since 1985.
Judith Denman Born: Piqua, Ohio. Studied: Josephine Schwarz, Jon Rodriquez, Benjamin Harkarvy, Lupe Serrano, Robert Rodham, Maggie Black. Performed: Dayton Ballet, Arizona Ballet Theater, San Antonio Ballet, Ohio Ballet; with Feld BalletsNY since 1983.
Darren A. Gibson Born: New York, New York. Studied: Began ballet training at age ten with The New Ballet School, Associate School of Feld BalletsNY; High School of the Performing Arts with Peff Modelski. Performed: Apprentice to Feld BalletsNY in Eliot Feld's Papillon and Nijinska's Les Noces. When he signed his contract in 1986, became the first student from The New Ballet School to join the Company.
Nina Goldman Born: New York, New York. Studied: School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre School, American Dance Machine. Performed: National Ballet of Canada, Eglevsky Ballet, Metropolitan Opera House Ballet, and television show "Fame"; first season with Feld BalletsNY.
Patrice Hemsworth Born: Staten Island, New York. Studied: School of American Ballet, Robert Denvers. Performed: Chicago City Ballet; with Feld BalletsNY since 1987.
Terace E.Jones Born: Washington, D.C. Studied: The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, School of American Ballet. Performed: Washington Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet; first season with Fcld BalletsNY.
Joseph Marshall Born: Vancouver, Washington. Studied: Linda Kutchcra, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Joffrey School. Performed: Vancouver Dance Academy, Ballet America Concert Dancers, Joffrey II; first season with Feld BalletsNY.
Priscila Mesquita Born: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Studied: David Howard, Joffrey School. Per?formed: Connecticut Ballet Theatre, Dennis Wayne's Dancers, guest artist with Princeton, Dance South and Eglevsky Ballet companies; first season with Fcld BalletsNY.
Buffy Miller Born: Atlanta, Georgia. Studied: Patricia Bromley, Christine Sarry, Robert Rodham, Igal Perry, extension program of The New Ballet School. Performed: Terpsicorps Theatre Ltd.; became an apprentice to Feld BalletsNY in May 1986, full member of the company since September 1986.
Jeffrey Neeck Born: Omaha, Nebraska. Studied: Montgomery School of Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, Joffrey II, Finis Jhung. Performed: Montgomery School of Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, North Carolina Dance Theater, Joffrey II, Ballet Contemporain de Bruxelles, Joffrey Ballet; with Feld BalletsNY since 1985.
Scott Rink Born: Baltimore, Maryland. Studied: Towson State University, Juilliard School; with Feld BalletsNY since 1988.
Joseph Rodgers Born: Tucson, Arizona. Studied: Tucson Academy of Dancing, San Francisco Ballet, Cleveland Ballet School. Performed: Arizona Dance Theatre, Ballet West Arizona, Arlington Classical Ballet Theatre, Hartford Ballet, Ballet El Paso; first season with Fcld BalletsNY.
Jennita Russo Born: Media, Pennsylvania. Studied: National Academy of Arts in Champaign, Illinois, Pennsylvania Ballet School, Milwaukee Ballet apprentice. Performed: Off Center Ballet Company (d'Amboise), Eglevsky Ballet; first season with Feld BalletsNY.
James Sewell Born: Minneapolis, Minnesota. Studied: David Howard, Sylvia Bolton, American Ballet Theatre-Ballet Repertory Company, School of American Ballet. Performed: Eglevsky Ballet, Festival Dance Theater, Ballet Repertory, New York City Opera Ballet, guest artist with New York City Ballet, Ruth Page Nutcracker in Chicago; with Feld BalletsNY since 1984.
Elizabeth Simonson Born: Minneapolis, Minnesota. Studied: Loycc Houlton, Bonnie Mathis. Performed: Minnesota Dance Theatre; with Fcld BalletsNY since 1987.
Lisa Street Born: Long Beach, California. Studied: Long Beach Ballet, Laguna Dance Theater with Jenny Chiang. Performed: Long Beach Ballet, National Ballet of Canada; first season with Fcld BalletsNY.
Joan Tsao Born: Taipei, Taiwan. Studied: Susan Borree, Gene Hammctt, Teresa Martinez, Pat Sorrell, School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre School scholarship. Performed: Joffrey Workshop, Cleveland Ballet, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Richmond Ballet; member of Feld BalletsNY from 1981-85, rejoined in 1987.
Allen Lee Hughes (Resident Lighting Designer) Since 1985, has designed over 30 ballets for Feld BalletsNY and has been represented by lighting in the repertories of American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Hartford Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, and the National Ballet of Canada. His Broadway credits include Tony Award nominations for Strange Interlude and K2; Joseph Maharam nominations for Quitters and So Long On Lonely Street. His work has been seen at major theaters throughout the country including Ford's Theater, the Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, Milwaukee Rep, Brooklyn Academy, and the Arena Stage where he holds the position of artistic associate. Mr. Hughes is the recipient of Washington, D.C.'s 1989 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Design.
Peter Longiaru (Company Pianist) Born: Dayton, Ohio. Studied: Juilliard 1965-74, graduated with doctorate degree. Student of Audley Wasson and Sascha Gorodnitzski. Performed: with Feld BalletsNY since its first season in 1974.
Original Ballets Foundation, Inc. Feld BalletsNY
Cora Cahan, Executive Director; Susan J. Kirschner, Finance Director; Roslyn Black, Development Director; Karmcn Bogdesic, Company Manager; Eugene Lowery, Booking Manager; Bridget Gilbertson, Asst. to Executive Director; Ann Roberta Brancucio, Asst. to Finance Director; Joseph T. Annesc, Jr., Development Associate; Judith Denman, Ballet Mistress; Peter Longiaru, Company Pianist; Peter Hauser, Production Manager; Patrice Thomas, Stage Manager; Ellen Mahlkc, Wardrobe Supervisor; Rodd McLaughlin, Head Electrician; James Downey, Sound Technician; Ann Parsons, Christine Sarry, Com?pany Teachers; Gail Pcrlberg, Company Archivist
The New Ballet School
Katherine Moore, Administrator; Ann Parson, Head of Faculty; Lynn Mullcr, Administrative Asst.; Denise Cogan, Karen Gstalder, Ed Limoncelli, Kristen Miller-Caputo, Tim Santos, Katie Weaver, School Assistants; Elizabeth Barrow, Adricnnc Ehrlich, Mary Ann Orbe, Ann Parson, Abbie Siegel, Instructors; Georgia Delano, Advisor
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