Fête de Danse 2007
Thursday, Aug 16, 2007
Civic Center, Rouses Point, NY
Featured the world premiere of The Léger Ballet choreographed by Julia K. Gleich (London/UK) with original score by composer Paul Siskind (Potsdam, Crane School of Music).
Invited guests: Adirondack Dance Company (Plattsburgh), Equipe Capoeira Brasileira (Montreal), Short School of Irish Dancing (Plattsburgh) and special appearance by tap sensation Andrew Nemr and CPD Plus (NYC).
Presented in collaboration with the Rouses Point Historical Society. Audiences gather from throughout the Northern Tier of New York State, Vermont, New England and Quebec for this awesome celebration of dance. Fete de Dance 2007 was made possible in part by Friends of Norte Maar, Ruth and Ernest Reynolds Fund for New Ballet, sponsorship through The Field, The Kelly Simpson Foundation, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, Downtown and Waterfront Revitalization Committee, The Village of Rouses Point, and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered locally by the North Country Cultural Center for the Art.
The Léger Ballet (world premiere)
a new ballet commissioned by Norte Maar featuring choreography by Julia K. Gleich (London, UK) and new score by composer Paul Siskind (Cranes School of Music). The ballet commemorates the life + work of Fernand Léger, the world-renowned cubist painter who summered in Rouses Point in 1943-45. Extensive research into Léger’s life and art was represented in choreography, costume, sound + set. Additional music by George Antheil, Henry Cowell, Richard Grayson + additional original scores by William Pfaff (Plattsburgh, NY) + Lola Perrin (London, UK).
The Léger Ballet celebrates Fernand Léger’s life in Rouses Point: the train station that greeted him + the images + people that inspired him there. This work was made possible in part by a grant from the William Kelly Simpson Fund.
Fête de Danse is the premiere dance event in the North Country. This unique summer engagement brings regional, national + international dance companies to the rural Village of Rouses Point to perform their best repertory before audiences that gather from throughout the Northern Tier of New York State, Vermont, New England + Quebec.