Dance St. Louis Announces Choreographers For New Dance Horizons VI: Live At The Grandel

Dance St. Louis Announces Choreographers For New Dance Horizons VI: Live At The Grandel

New Dance Horizons - Dance St. Louis' annual production of nationally recognized choreographers collaborating with local professional dance companies to create and perform world premieres in different styles - returns for its sixth year.

This year, New Dance Horizons VI gives audiences an up close and personal experience. Taking place inside the recently renovated Grandel Theatre, the 450-seat space allows the audience to observe and absorb the nuances and boldness of the choreography in an intimate setting - the most intimate to date since Dance St. Louis launched the new works series in 2012.

New Dance Horizons VI: Live at The Grandel is Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. All tickets are $20, and are available through MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or http://www.metrotix.com.

"I'm very excited to bring three distinct voices in contemporary dance to St. Louis audiences for New Dance Horizons VI. James Gregg, Robyn Mineko Williams and Gregory Dolbashian will each give you their unique perspective on the 'here and now,'" said Dance St. Louis Artistic Consultant Terence Marling. "This is also the only opportunity this season to see Saint Louis Ballet, The Big Muddy Dance Company and MADCO all on the same stage. The power of this performance will be further magnified by the beautiful and intimate setting of the Grandel Theater, where you will experience dance at close range. This is a one-of-a-kind performance with a limited run. If you are a dance fan, this is not to be missed."

"New Dance Horizons is the gift of dance that keeps on giving," said Dance St. Louis Managing Director of Programs and Community Engagement Christopher Mohnani. "March 31 is a day of world premieres, but these works live on past that day. The companies add these works to their repertoire, and the choreographers often set their work on another company outside St. Louis. We love that Dance St. Louis is able to contribute to the growing body of new choreography circulating across the country."

The award-winning choreographers of New Dance Horizons VI are Robyn Mineko Williams, James Gregg and Gregory Dolbashian. This year's participating local companies are The Big Muddy Dance Company, MADCO and Saint Louis Ballet.

Robyn Mineko Williams and The Big Muddy Dance Company
Chicago-based dancer-turned-choreographer Robyn Mineko Williams (Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" (2014), Chicago Magazine's "Best Choreographer" (2016), Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award, Princess Grace Choreography Mentorship Award) sets her work on contemporary dance company The Big Muddy Dance Company, led by Artistic Director Brian Enos and Executive Director Erin Warner Prange. The former Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and River Dance Chicago member's choreographic work has flourished since her dancing days with Hubbard Street. Williams is lauded for her "boundaryless" ability to create across genres, with her work described as "passionate, moving, highly dramatic" (Chicago Tribune).

James Gregg and MADCO
Los Angeles-based choreographer James Gregg (Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award, Ballet Austin New American Talent Winner, Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur International Choreographic Competition Winner) sets his work on modern dance company MADCO. The former RUBBERBANDance Group, Les Ballet Jazz de Montréal and Aszure Barton & Artists dancer, who has been featured in several feature films, music videos and TV specials, has become known internationally for his contemporary dance skills.

Gregory Dolbashian and Saint Louis Ballet
Saint Louis Ballet, led by Artistic Director Gen Horiuchi, premieres the work of New York City native Gregory Dolbashian (Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" (2013), Northwest Dance Project Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition Winner, Hubbard Street 2 International Choreographic Competition Winner). Dolbashian is founder of his own company, The DASH Ensemble, and a teacher of workshops and intensives across the country. His work is described as having a "fluid, inventive mix" of movements (New York Times) and "great skill and seriousness" (The Brooklyn Rail).

All performance tickets are $20 and available through MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or http://www.metrotix.com.

Limited box seating is available through the Dance St. Louis box office at 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive (in Grand Center), St. Louis, MO 63103, or by calling 314-534-6622 or by visiting https://www.dancestlouis.org.

Centene Charitable Foundation is the presenting sponsor of New Dance Horizons VI. St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the supporting sponsor. The 2017-2018 season sponsors include local and regional funders: Ameren, Arts and Education Council, Missouri Arts Council and the Regional Arts Commission. National funders include National Endowment for the Arts and The Shubert Foundation. The Touhill Performing Arts Center is the collaborative partner of the 11th Annual SPRING TO DANCE Festival.

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