AVI SCHER & DANCERS Presents Studio Showcase On 6/28, 6/29 Show Postponed
AVI SCHER & DANCERS presents a program of six pieces, including three World Premieres and two New York Premieres, in a Studio Showcase on Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 3pm at New York City Center Studio 5, 130 W. 56th Street, NYC. Suggested donation of $15, payable in cash at the door. The performance on Monday, June 29, 2009 at 8pm at The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College has been postponed with a new date to be announced.
The program begins with the World Premiere of Male Portrait #1 by Larry Keigwin, danced by Avichai Scher. Upon completion of a series of female portraits, Keigwin begins a series of solo pieces exploring the male image and personality with Male Portrait #1, commissioned by Avi Scher & Dancers. Last Dance, which premiered in March 2008 in Providence, RI, is a tribute to Jenn Jansma, a former dancer with Carolina Ballet who passed away from cancer at age 21 in February 2008. The New York Premiere of Last Dance features music by Dustin O'Halloran, Yann Tiersen, and Sara McLachlan and lead dancers Alexsandra Meijer, Abi Stafford, and Christian Tworzyanski. Aquilarco (1999) was originally created for San Francisco Ballet stars Evelyn Cisneros and Stephen Legate. This is the New York premiere of the work by Val Caniparoli, danced by Racheal Prince and Avichai Scher with music by Giovanni Sollima. Our Love's Defense, a New York Premiere by Avichai Scher, danced by Melissa Hough and David Prottas, depicts an angry, passionate couple and their dependence upon one another. No Matter What explores ideas of community and unity by depicting people in various situations and moods - good and bad, scary and peaceful - showing that their commitments to each another take them through anything. This World Premiere by Avichai Scher is danced by Colby Damon, Elysia Dawn, Alexander Dutko, Ja' Malik, Victoria North, Racheal Prince, and Nancy Richer with music by Aphex Twin and Adam Lewis. The World Premiere of Mirrors by Avichai Scher deals with the perception of others and the differences between private and public behaviors, riffing on the vanities and insecurities associated with one's own reflection. Mirrors is danced by Dena Abergel, Jared Angle, Melissa Hough, Alexsandra Meijer, David Prottas, Abi Stafford, and Christian Tworzyanski to music by Elena Kats Chernin and Dustin O'Halloran. Appropriate for ages 7 and up.
On June 26, 2009, Avi Scher & Dancers will dance its first full evening of work at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out. The program includes premieres by Avichai Scher and Larry Keigwin, as well as a work by Val Caniparoli.
AVI SCHER & DANCERS was formed in August of 2008 by emerging choreographer Avichai Scher. The company's mission is to build a young audience for neo classical and contemporary ballet by presenting top quality dancers and new works in small venues. In November 2008, the company performed an excerpt from No Matter What at HATCH in NYC. In May 2009, the company brought Mystery in the Wind to the 92nd Street Y.
Avichai Scher, 25, was born in NYC and raised in Israel. He returned to New York to study on scholarship at the School of American Ballet for eight years. There he had the opportunity to perform Fritz and the Nutcracker Prince with New York City Ballet in The Nutcracker for four seasons. A desire to work with many different companies and choreographers took him on a journey, dancing with ten different companies in six years: Sacramento Ballet, Washington Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Joffrey Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, European Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, Carolina Ballet and Ballet X. He also appeared as a guest with Ballet Chicago, Chamber Dance Project, Madison Ballet, Pointe of Departure, and the Adam Miller Dance Project. Some standout roles have included: Puck in Ashton's The Dream, working with Sir Anthony Dowell, "Red-Man" in Elemental Brubeck, choreographed and staged by Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris's A Garden, Michael Smuin's Shinju, Matthew Neenan's Steelworks, and Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs. Scher always had the desire to be a choreographer and his first professional commissions came at age 18, creating Jouons for American Ballet Theater Studio Company and The Perilous Night for Miami City Ballet. Since then he has had works at: Miami City Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet School's annual showcases, Usdan Center for the Arts, Washington Ballet Studio Company, Harvard University, Festival Ballet Providence, Manhattan Youth Ballet, West Wave Dance Festival, Ballet Builders, Sacramento Ballet, and Shut Up & Dance: Dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet. In 2008 he choreographed the play Three Movements which ran at NYC's Theatre Row. Dance Magazine recognized his choreography by naming him one of the "Top 25 To Watch," and he is the recipient of the Strassler excellence Award from Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.
Rehearsals at New York City Center made possible by John Fry, with additional support from Gerald Appelstein.
Last Dance is made possible with generous support from the Jansma family.
For more information, visit www.avischer.com.