New Ballet Presents All-New Works By Local And National Choreographers

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Subjects from aliens to opera will be explored through dance when Hammer Theatre Center presents New Ballet's Fast Forward, an exhilarating evening of contemporary ballet highlighting the innovative works of rising local and national choreographers. In this dynamic performance, New Ballet's gifted dance artists bring each choreographer's creative vision to life in a lively and fast-paced evening.

Fast Forward will feature new works by Ben Needham-Wood, Laura Burton, Mads Eriksen, Naomi Sailors, Heather Cooper, and founder Dalia Rawson. Rawson's piece is set to a live performance by acclaimed mezzo-soprano Betany Coffland and pianist Veronika Agranov-Dafoe. Sailors' work was inspired by the idea of encountering an alien species and incorporates a brief presentation by guest speaker Doug Vakoch from METI International on dance as an ideal medium for communicating with potential alien species, and his work with New Ballet motion-capturing dance for this purpose.

New Ballet's Fast Forward will be presented at 7:00pm, Saturday, March 28 at the Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose. For more information and tickets ($10-$40), the public may visit or call (408) 924-8501.

Fast Forward is a program launched by New Ballet to provide the opportunity for emerging choreographers to experiment, and for dancers to debut works that have been created specifically for them. Offering dancers the opportunity to be part of the creative process, Fast Forward creates an energetic environment of empowerment for all the artists, as well as adventuresome audiences.

New Ballet, founded in March 2016 by local dancer, teacher, and choreographer Dalia Rawson, filled a void in downtown San Jose for a professional ballet school. Offering an additional focus on dancer health and child development, the organization provides ballet instruction as well as performances. With a certified teaching staff, New Ballet is one of only five schools designated as an American Ballet Theatre Certified School nationwide.

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