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The Spring Program of Company C Contemporary Ballet Includes NEW COUNTRY, WHAT'S BEHIND DOOR #3 and More

The Spring Program of Company C Contemporary Ballet Includes NEW COUNTRY, WHAT'S BEHIND DOOR #3 and More

Three world premieres by Maurice Causey, Charles Moulton and Artistic Director Charles Anderson headline the spring program of Company C Contemporary Ballet April 25-May 11 at ODC Theater in San Francisco and the Lesher Theater in Walnut Creek. The 12-year-old Company will close its 2014 season with a program featuring the world premiere of a new ballet by Maurice Causey (title to be announced), the world premiere of Charles Moulton's New Country and the world premiere of Charles Anderson's What's Behind Door #3 along with reprises of excerpts from Anderson'sAposiopesis and excerpts from Patrick Corbin's Partly Cloudy. [Editor note: the program has changed since originally announced in August, 2013]. Complete program details are listed below. For more information, visit www.companycballet.org .

Company C Contemporary Ballet 2014 Spring Program

Aposiopesis (excerpts - 3rd & 4th Movements)

Choreography by Charles Anderson

Music by Michael Nyman

What's Behind Door #3 (world premiere)

Choreography by Charles Anderson

Music by Philip K. Bimstein

Maurice Causey (world premiere--title to be announced)

Music by Gabriel Prokofiev

New Country (world premiere)

Choreography by Charles Moulton

Music by Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers

Partly Cloudy (excerpts)

Choreography by Patrick Corbin

Music by Marsha Groethe

Maurice Causey's slick, sleek and hard-edged Ominous Rumblings of Discontent was a hit of Company C's 2011 season. The European dance-maker returns with a new ballet created especially for the Company set to a score by Gabriel Prokofiev, grandson of the legendary Russian composer, Sergei Prokofiev. Movement magician Charles Moulton will also create a new work for the program. Completing a trio of new works will be the world premiere of What's Behind Door #3 by Charles Anderson that takes as inspiration a creative musical score that samples doors opening, closing, creaking and swinging and a set of three doors the dancers use as inventive props. Rounding out the program and demonstrating the range of Company C artists' technique and performance mettle include excerpts from Anderson's Aposiopesis, and Company C audience favorite Patrick Corbin returns with his dizzyingly athletic Partly Cloudy Suite, set to music by Marsha Groethe.

Venues, Dates, Times:

ODC THEATER

3153 17th Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 26 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Thursday, May 1 at 8 p.m.

Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m.

Box Office:

ODC Theater

3153 17th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

www.odctheater.org

415/863-6606

Tickets: $25, $38, $48

LESHER CENTER FOR THE ARTS

1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 10 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 11 at 1 p.m.

Box Office: Lesher Center for the Arts

1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

www.lesherartscenter.org

925.943.SHOW (7469)

Tickets: $25, $38, $48

About Company C Contemporary Ballet

Beauty, passion, wit, and drama converge in the stunning performances of California's Company C Contemporary Ballet. Dynamic, adventurous, contemporary choreography is the hallmark of the Company led by founder and Artistic Director Charles Anderson, a former member of the New York City Ballet. The fourteen-member ensemble of classically trained dancers from across the country performs a diverse repertoire of moving, provocative, sensual, and entertaining contemporary choreography. This repertoire includes master works by some of the most accomplished contemporary choreographers of today, including Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, David Parsons, Lar Lubovitch and Daniel Ezralow as well as new works commissioned from talented choreographers such as former New York City Ballet Soloist Alexandre Proia, former Paul Taylor Dancer Patrick Corbin, former Frankfurt Ballet principal dancer Maurice Causey and Gregory Dawson, formerly of Alonzo King LINES Ballet.The Company's work has been nominated for seven Isadora Duncan Awards and has been named Best in the East Bay by Diablo Magazine five times. In 2010, the Company was named one of "25 to Watch" by Dance Magazine and will return to New York for its third season there at the Joyce Theater August 9 and 10, 2013.

Charles Anderson founded Company C Contemporary Ballet in 2001 after dancing with the New York City Ballet from 1985-93, performing works of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins and many other notable choreographers. Anderson began choreographing ballets while still a dancer with the New York City Ballet, and he co-founded and acted as artistic director for Ballet, Inc. in New York, where he choreographed many of his early works. He later founded Company C Contemporary Ballet in 2002, where he currently serves as Artistic Director. In addition to his work as a dancer, choreographer and teacher, Anderson has served on the board of governors for the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), created costumes for the New York City Ballet's Diamond Project, been an adjudicator and instructor for the Bob Fosse Scholarship Program and served as a panelist for the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Grant.

Guest Choreographers

Maurice Causey

Based in Europe, Ameri­can-born choreographer Mau­rice Causey has created original pieces for Stockholm 59 North, O Dance, Company C, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HS2), Milwaukee Ballet, Northwest Dance Project, the Augsburg Ballet, iMEE, the Nederlands Dans Theater and Switzerland's Tanz Luzerner Theater. Throughout the 1990s, Maurice was a Principal Danc­er with Ballet Frankfurt, where he danced virtually the entire William Forsythe repertoire and also developed a unique knowledge of improvisational skills and avant-garde dance theatre. With Forsythe, Maurice co-choreographed various works including Eidos Telos, Sleepers Guts, and Alien Action. Post-Frankfurt, Maurice was a Principal Dancer with the Gothenburg Ballet in Sweden, dancing innovative work by various choreographers including Wayne McGregor, Jacopo Godani and Tero Saarinen. A few years ago, he retired as a full-time dancer and has since worked as Bal­let Master for the Royal Swedish Ballet, and as Ballet Master for the Nederlands Dans Theater I. He continues to teach workshops around the world on the Forsythe Improvisational Technologies.

Charles Moulton

Charles Moulton began his profes­sional career as a dancer in 1972 with Contemporary Dancers Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Moving to New York in 1973, he joined the Merce Cunningham Company, remaining three years, 1973-76. An outstanding athlete in high school, Moulton looked to sports and games as the inspiration for his first work. Premiered in 1979, Three Person Precision Ball Passing immediately established him as a leader of the post-modern movement.

Moulton founded his own company in 1978 and for the next ten years performed in New York and toured extensively in the US and Europe. Moulton has also created and set works on Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Project, The Joffrey Ballet, The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, The Ohio Ballet, Bat Sheva (Israel), North Carolina Dance Theater, Concert Dance Company (Bos­ton), The Path Dance Company, Le Ballet Theatre du Silence (La Rochelle), The Joyce Trisler Dance Company, The Cloud Gate Dance Theater (Taiwan), Ballet Omaha, The Milwaukee Ballet and The Oregon Ballet Theater.

Moulton has directed several works for television and film, including the choreography for the movie Matrix II Reloaded. He has received numerous awards for his work, including a 1983 Guggenheim Award and a Los Angeles Film Festival Blue Ribbon for his col­laboration with John Sanborn and Mary Perillo, Visual Shuffle/Fractured Variations.

Patrick Corbin


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