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Dancin’ in the Streets

Dancin’ in the Streets
Seven Days – July 27, 2005

Jason Andrews of Norte Maar says his arts organization wants to “bring ballet back to the masses.” They’ve staged performances in parks and on bridges. On Saturday, dancers in white tutus and pink tights, directed by London-based choreographer Julia Gleich, will perform scenes from the classical 18th century ballet Coppelia, in the most egalitarian of settings – a Wal-Mart parking lot. They tried this tactic for the first time last year. Not surprisingly, Andrews says the free performances attracted attention. Most shoppers stopped to watch, intrigued. He recalls one little girl, who asked her father what the dancers were doing. “He said, ‘They’re freaking people out, that’s what they’re trying to do. Now get in the truck.'”

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.


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