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Fete De Danse Returns July 28

Fete De Danse Returns July 28
Lake Champlain Weekly – July 20, 2005

ROUSES POINT (NY) – On July 28, 2005 dance returns to the Rouses Point Civic Center.  the second annual Fete de Dance, co-sponsored by Norte Maar and the Rouses Point Historical Society, will feature performances by Gleich Dances Contemporary Ballet of London, the Albany Berkshire Ballet, the Burklyn Ballet Theatre, and the Short School of Irish Dancing.

Again, Norte Maar has commissioned renowned choreographer Julia Gleich to produce an original full-length ballet for the event.

“This requires tremendous effort,” explained Norte Maar Director Jason Andrew.  “Most choreographers work months with students and dancers familiar to them to produce a full-length work.  Julia is producing one in three weeks with dancers whom she has just met.”

The piece, which remains untitled, will be set to the American Dream Quartet by composer, musicologist and P.D.Q. Bach biographer Peter Schickele.

“The selection is an appropriate piece for Rouses Point,” said Gleich, speaking after a grueling day of working with dancers. “It’s classical, then moves to jazz riffs and in another section breaks into a square dance. It’s an American piece, combining the earthy and the ethereal and the theme of divided desires. Its water motifs fit well into the backdrop of a village on the lake.”

Gleich’s cast of nine dancers come from Canada and across the U.S. and includes four local dancers: Katie Duffy of Rouses Point and Jeannine Kemp, Elissa Krockett and Sierra Boyea, all of Plattsburgh.

This year, Gleich was joined by guest choreographer Molly Faulkner, who filled in when guest choreographer Ernesta Corvino was forced to cancel. Faulkner is on the Faculty of Dance at Palomar College and recently completed her doctoral thesis in dance history.

 

2nd “Fête de Danse” Summer Dance Concert
The Islander, July 12, 2005

Norte Maar and the Rouses Point/Champlain Historical Society are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Fête de Danse, on Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center in the Village of Rouses Point.  The evening will feature the return of Gleich Dances Contemporary Ballet, (NYC/London, UK) performing a new ballet by choreographer Julia K. Gleich. Appearing are invite guests: Albany Berkshire Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, North Country Ballet Ensemble, and the Short School of Irish Dancing.

Tickets: $12 Adults, $10 seniors/students, $5 children, event free for children under age 8. All tickets will be $15 at the door. Ticket Hotline (518) 297-6513.

Fête de Dance 2005 is made possible in part by a grant from the Marilyn M. Simpson Charitable Trust and the Ruth and Ernest REynolds Fund for New Ballet; the generous sponsorship through The Field, and the contributions of many divine individuals; and with public funds through the decentralization program of the New York State Council on the Arts.

Albany Berkshire Ballet, Albany, NY/Berkshire/MA, was founded in 1960 by artistic director Madeline Cantarella Culpo. This is the company’s first appearance at Fête de Danse. Originally known as the Berkshire Ballet Guild and later as the Berkshire Civic Ballet, it was originally intended as a performance outlet for the school’s advanced students. The aspirations and abilities of the students soon pushed the company in a professional direction. Renamed the Berkshire Ballet in 1975, it emerged as a full-time professional company expanded again by establishing an additional home in Albany, New York. Once again, its name changed to reflect its new status. The Albany Berkshire Ballet is nationally recognized for its versatility in performing both classical and contemporary dance works with excellence. Call (518) 420-0660 for more information about Albany Berkshire Ballet.

Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts, Rouses Point, exists to unite the cultural forces of the North Country whereby presenting all that is exciting and happening within the artistic community. Norte Maar aspires to be a premiere resource connecting musicians, dancers, and visual artists with venues and each other. Further, Norte Maar supports the artist offering unique exhibition opportunities and unusual performances.  It aims to be a leader in building collaborative partnership between other grass root organizations thereby fostering artistic expression within the North Country and beyond. Norte Maar was established in 2004 by a visual artist and a choreographer to encourage, promote, and support innovative projects in music, dance, and the visual arts. Call (518) 297-3793 or visit nortemaar.org for more information.

Civic Center to host second annual Fête de Dance
North Countryman – July 9, 2005

ROUSES POINT – Norte Maar and Rouses Point Historical Society are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Fête de Dance, Thursday, July 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center.  The evening will feature the return of Gleich Dances Contemporary Ballet (NYC/London, UK) performing a new ballet by choreographer Julia K. Gleich. Also appearing are invited guests Albany Berkshire Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, North Country Ballet Ensemble, and the Short School of Irish Dancing. Tickets: $12 Adults, $10 Seniors/Students, $5 Children, event is free to children under age 8.  All tickets at the door will be $15.  Ticket Hotline (518) 297-6513.

Fête de Dance 2005 is made possible in part by a grant from the Marilyn M. Simpson Charitable Trust and the Ruth and Ernest Reynolds Fund for New Ballet; the generous sponsorship through The Field, and the contributions of many divine individuals; and with public funds through the decentralization program of the New York State Council on the Arts.

Gleich Dances Contemporary Ballet (London, UK) is under the artistic direction of Julia K. Gleich and is the featured company at Fête de Dance.  Gleich Dances is the organization for the creative, collaborative, and educational work of choreographer, teacher and director Julia K. Gleich. The company has presented in New York City and throughout the United States and Europe.  A renowned  ballet choreographer and instructor, Ms. Gleich is currently lecturer at LABAN Centre for Contemporary Dance, London, UK.  Ms. Gleich’s choreographic residencies have included: Burklyn Ballet Theatre, VT, University of Northern Colorado, CO, Island Moving Company, RI, University of California-Irvine, CA, Dancer’s Workshop, WY, and recently Norte Maar, Rouses Point/Plattsburgh, NY, among others.  Call (518) 297-3793 for more information about Gleich Dances Contemporary Ballet.

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