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Joffrey Concert Group to Premiere Three New Works with Five Choreographers at New York Live Arts, 5/19-20

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Joffrey Concert Group to Premiere Three New Works with Five Choreographers at New York Live Arts, 5/19-20

Joffrey Concert Group, a pre-professional performance company that prepares dancers for the world stage, will present two evenings of work at New York Live Arts, May 19-20. The troupe of 30 dancers will perform two signature works by Gerald Arpino-Kettentanz (1971), a neoclassical tour de force inspired by Old Vienna, and Light Rain (1981) a sensual evocation of the zeitgeist of the 1970's, performed in full for the first time in New York City since the Joffrey Ballet presented it twenty years ago. In addition, the program features two world premieres by Shawn Hounsell (formerly Royal Winnipeg) and Africa Guzman (former Associate Director of Compania Nacional de Danza under Nacho Duato), with a New York Premiere by Scott Rink (Lar Lubovitch Dance Company).

The Joffrey Concert Group is dedicated to the legacy of Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, and will pay tribute to Francesca Corkle on Monday, May 19. Corkle, who danced with the Joffrey Ballet for nearly a decade from 1969 to 1978, has spent the past 30 years teaching at the Joffrey Ballet School. Her significant impact on the lives of the students and her initiative to maintain the highest artistic integrity within the school is unparalleled.

"The resurrection of Light Rain after 20 years, will provide the dancers with such a wonderful growing experience," says Davis Robertson, Artistic Director of the concert group. "Graduates of the Joffrey Concert Group have gone on to join major dance companies around the world, thanks to the professional preparation they receive here. A constantly immersive environment, the dancers are asked to master a vast and versatile repertoire which is represented here in this Spring Concert program and continues all year round."

Commissioned by Joffrey Concert Group, Shawn Hounsell's East 10th follows the vein of one individual within a detailed urbanscape in this world premiere work. Africa Guzman has returned to expand Barroco, a sweeping and dynamic work originally choreographed for the concert group in 2011, with additional movements. Dorothy Parker's short story Here We Are comes to life through Scott Rink's piece, which stages a duet, accompanied by the spoken text read and recited by two additional dancers from the company. In addition to Gerald Arpino's two works Light Rain and Kettentanz, the program will also highlight Artistic Director Davis Robertson's Entropy, which engages the audience in a journey through equations of chaotic motion in the universe.

Tickets are $25 general admission and $20 for students and seniors and can be purchased through New York Live Arts at http://www.newyorklivearts.org/event/joffrey_ballet_concert.

Performances are Monday, May 19, 2014 and Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 7:30pm.

New York Live Arts is located at 219 West 19th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues) New York, NY 10011 and can be reached by subway: 1,2, 3, F, M, L and A/C/E.

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