Pictured: Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsal with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. Photo by Cheryl Mann.
Co-artistic directors Anthony Krutzkamp and Logan Pachciarz have announced the line-up for the fifth anniversary of the KANSAS CITY DANCE FESTIVAL, featuring four world premieres and an original work by Christopher Wheeldon.
The festival kicks off June 16th with a gala event featuring performances of new works, followed by master classes June 19th – 22, a free to the public open rehearsal on June 21st and ending June 24th with an evening of four world premieres and the pas de desu from Christopher Wheeldon’s POLYPHONIA.
“This festival was created 5 years ago with the opportunity to bring world-class dancers from all over the globe to perform with our own remarkable Kansas City artists,” comments Krutzkamp. “This year, the festival continues its mission of exposing new generations of patrons and seasoned theater enthusiasts to innovative works. Contemporary dance and classical ballet, black box and stage, local and international dancers all combine to create a dynamic experience that is unparalleled in Kansas City’s artistic landscape. We are thrilled to present this scope of work.”
This year’s dancers include Cervillo Amador (Cincinnati Ballet), Humberto Rivera Blanco (Kansas City Ballet), Ivan Braatz (Dayton Ballet), Kaleena Burks (Kansas City Ballet), Rachel Coats (Freelance Dancer), Gabriel Davidsson (Finnish National Ballet), Marty Davis (Richmond Ballet), Michael Davis (Kansas City Ballet), Lauren Fadeley (Miami City Ballet), James Ihde (Pennsylvania Ballet), Maine Kawashima (Tulsa Ballet), Hannah Keene (Kansas City Ballet), Abigail Sheppard (Finnish National Ballet), Sarah Joan Smith (Kansas City Ballet), Christian Squires (Post:Ballet), and Goldie Walberg (Kansas City Ballet).
2017 KANSAS CITY DANCE FESTIVAL Line-up (from the press release):
POLYPHONIA Pas De Deux
by Christopher Wheeldon
International choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s Neoclassical work “Polyphonia” has received rave reviews for Miami City Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. Wheeldon has choreographed on the worlds most renowned ballet companies The Royal Ballet Covent Garden, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, and now in Kansas City.
World Premiere by Andrea Schermoly
Andrea Schermoly brings with her the background and skill of the worlds best contemporary dance company, Netherlands Dance Theater. This prolific choreographer is known for her seamless style and grace coupled with an intuitive sense of realism.
World Premiere by Adam Hougland
Julliard Graduate and American sensation Adam Hougland’s work has been seen all over the country. Known for his melding of modern and classical movement, Adam is the perfect addition to bring the breadth of dance to the evening!
World Premiere by Ryan Nye
Former Kansas City Ballet dancer Ryan Nye most recently won an award for “Outstanding Choreographer” from the prestigious YAGP Dance Competition 2017! We are proud to present him next to international level choreographers. As Ryan’s career is budding, this represents a perfect opportunity for dancers to experience his transformative style.
World Premiere by Jennifer Owen
As a Kansas City mainstay and Artistic Director of Owen Cox Dance Group, Jennifer will be creating a “Pas De Deux” (Dance for Two) for Finnish National Ballet’s Abigail Sheppard and Gabriel Davidsson.
The KANSAS CITY DANCE FESTIVAL runs June 16th – June 24th. Tickets may be purchased by telephone at 816.474.4444 and online at kcdancefestival.com.
For more information and the complete schedule of events, please visit kcdancefestival.com.