NM Announces the collaborative ballet line up for CounterPointe 2016

CounterPointe, Norte Maar, Brooklyn, choreography, women, pointe

This Spring Norte Maar’s CounterPointe is all about collaboration with the work of 7 female dance makers paired with 7 visual artists on stage April 8-10 in downtown Brooklyn’s Actors Fund Arts Center.

Norte Maar, a committed international think-tank dedicated to the creation, promotion, and presentation of collaborations in the disciplines of the visual, literary, and the performing arts, together with Brooklyn Ballet, present CounterPointe. This annual curated performance series features new work by women choreographers for pointe. For this, its fourth iteration, 7 women choreographers have been paired with 7 Brooklyn based women visual artists to collaborate and create both a new physical and visual work by each–investigating the process of creation, inspiration and development.

CounterPointe will present collaborations by series curator Julia K. Gleich (Gleich Dances) with sculptor Rachel Beach, and Lynn Parkerson (Brooklyn Ballet) with artist Michelle Forsyth as well as Kristin Draucker with sculptor Kara Daving, Brenda Neville (Neville Dance Theatre) with sculptor Courtney Puckett, Janice Rosario (Janice Rosario & Company) with painter Jessica Weiss, Ursula Verduzco with sculptor Sarah Bednarek and Eryn Renee Young (XAOC Contemporary Ballet) with artist Amanda Browder.

Inaugurated in 2012 CounterPointe is focused on the presentation of new works by women choreographers for the pointe shoe. The series has been celebrated for breaking new ground expanding the ballet concert vocabulary, investigating new and historic territory, encouraging discussion and creating a forum for women, young or old, emerging or established, to take artistic risks.

“This year Norte Maar’s CounterPointe is all about women collaborating with each other. Norte Maar pulls from its rich association with dance makers and artists to bring a fresh new look at the ballet idiom and further the collaborative spirit while normalizing the role of women as creative leaders.”

-Julia K. Gleich, co-founder of Norte Maar and originator of the CounterPointe Series.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department for Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Performance Schedule:

Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 10 at 4:00 p.m.

A post performance discussion with the choreographers led by Kathryn Posin Saturday April 9.

General admission tickets are $20, Students and seniors, $15. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online here.

Venue Information:
The Actors Fund Arts Center is located at 160 Schermerhorn Street in downtown Brooklyn and accessible by A, C, or G trains to Hoyt-Schermerhorn. 2, 3 to Hoyt Street. F, R to Jay St./Metrotech. 4, 5 to Borough Hall.

About Norte Maar:
Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization founded in 2004 by curator Jason Andrew and choreographer Julia K. Gleich with a mission to create, promote, and present collaborations in the disciplines of the visual, literary, and the performing arts: connecting artists, choreographers, composers, writers, and other originating artists with venues and each other.

About Brooklyn Ballet:
Brooklyn Ballet is a professional, not-for-profit dance company dedicated to artistic excellence, education and serving Brooklyn’s diverse communities. The company was founded in February 2002 by Artistic Director Lynn Parkerson, the first of its kind in Brooklyn in more than 40 years. Brooklyn Ballet brings a contemporary vision to the treasured art form of ballet, with repertory and programs that revitalize and re-imagine the classical form. For more information: www.brooklynballet.org

About Julia K. Gleich:
Julia K. Gleich, curator and choreographer, is a critically acclaimed choreographer, teacher, scholar interested in re-contextualizing ballet. Her company, Gleich Dances performed in the UK and US including seasons at The Broadway Theatre, Barking (Arts Council England-supported), NYC’s Joyce SoHo and Centre for Performance Research with critical notice in The New York Times, Village Voice, The New Criterion and The Brooklyn Rail. She was commissioned to create a site-specific work for the opening of St. Pancras International Eurostar station in 2007. Collaboration is a key part of her creativity. In 2004 she co-founded with curator, Jason Andrew, Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts (www.nortemaar.org) in Brooklyn, NY, named by Jerry Saltz as “..the closest thing to the eighties East Village.” Her practice-based research on vectors and dance was published in the Dynamic Body in Space. Her conceptual dance films have been exhibited in NYC, and Singapore. She is an advocate for women in ballet, producing annual CounterPointe performances in NY and London and mentors young choreographers each summer in Dance at Socrates in NYC. Ms. Gleich is Head of Choreography at London Studio Centre and faculty at Trinity Laban. Her training included: School of American Ballet, the Limón Institute and Cunningham Studio. She has been on faculties of several universities in the US and received the Distinguished Alumna Award 2014 from the University of Utah Fine Arts. She was External Examiner, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, and Master teacher, Hikone Dance Intensive, Japan. In 2016 she was awarded a DanceUK Choreographer Observership through English National Ballet.

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