Since we’ve been getting a lot of new Facebook followers recently, we’d like to extend a warm welcome to everyone and give you all a little taste of what you can expect from us over the coming weeks…
We now know – or at least have a pretty good idea of – most of the companies that will be represented at the Gala performance on Thursday, May 8. We may still add one or two more though, as we start to get a sense of the length of the various works that people are bringing. As things get finalized, we’ll start to reveal more details about the the specific pieces on the program, as well as the dancers who will perform them. We’re still confirming the participants from a few of the bigger ballet companies, but we should be able to go public with a few more names in the next week or so. In the meantime, here’s a reminder of how the program currently stands:
- Alison Roper and Brett Bauer from Oregon Ballet Theatre dancing the pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy
- Katie Kozul and Brandon Lee Allie from Hubbard Street 2 performing an excerpt from Alejandro Cerrudo’s Never was.
- Sona Kharatian and Jonathan Jordan from The Washington Ballet dancing a work TBD.
- Sara Procopio from Shen Wei Dance Arts dancing a solo TBD.
- Nicole Wolcott from KEIGWIN + COMPANY dancing a solo TBD.
- Candace Bouchard from Oregon Ballet Theatre dancing a work TBD, with a partner yet to be revealed.
- Dancers from Miami City Ballet – we should be able to tell you who they are and what they’re dancing very soon!
- Dancers from Pacific Northwest Ballet – TBD
- Dancers from BodyVox – TBD
That leaves maybe one or two more slots to be filled. We’ve got a few irons in the fire, so stay tuned!
We’ve also already revealed the program that Dance Theatre of Harlem will be performing on Friday night:
- Pas de Dix (Glazunov / Johnson and Saunders after Petipa)
- The Lark Ascending (Vaughan Williams / Ailey)
- Black Swan pas de deux (Tchaikovsky / Holmes after Petipa)
- New Bach (J.S. Bach / Garland)
You can read about those works in our last blog post.
We should know soon what works Trey McIntyre Project are performing. We’ll make an announcement about that just as soon as we can.
Also, we’re working hard to finalize plans for our big celebration bash during the festival week. There will be lots of delicious (and local!) food and drink, as well as an informal performance by Uprising. That’s a really exciting side project started by Candace Bouchard from Oregon Ballet Theatre, in which she and some of her fellow dancers choreograph to and perform alongside indie rock musicians. In the past, they’ve worked with Horsefeathers, Weinland and Laura Gibson. We look forward to telling you soon who’s going to fly out with Candace from Portland to play at the party!
One last thing…
We’re looking for volunteers who would like to help us out in exchange for free tickets! Are you interested in ushering at a show, putting up festival posters in your hometown or maybe working backstage? Drop us an email at email@example.com and let us know!
Not interested in volunteering but still want free stuff? We’ve got you covered there as well. Keep an eye on our Facebook page, Twitter feed and this blog over the coming months as we give away tickets, t-shirts, signed posters and perhaps a backstage tour or two.
Thanks for supporting Route 11 Dance Festival! We look forward to seeing you in May!