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Rouses Point a key site

Rouses Point a key site
by Jason Andrew
Press-Republican, Apr 3, 2006 

To the editor: The Press-Republican suggested in “Vigor, optimism still sound good,” (Thursday, March 16, 2006) that the key to marketing the potential of the North Country is “for the disparate parts to join together…”

The newspaper would be pleased to know that since 2004 Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts has been doing just that: uniting cultural forces throughout the North Country to present creative programs in visual, literary, and performing arts. Norte Maar has collaborated with such entities as the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York, City of Plattsburgh, Evergreen Valley Nursing Home, Guibord’s School of Dance, North Country Cultural Center for the Arts to name just a few.

But Norte Maar has most famously paired with the Rouses Point Historical Society and for the past two years has brought ballet to the North Country in the form of summer concert of such artistry that it transcends the ice rink where the dance is performed.

Audiences and artists alike will be thrilled to know that Norte Maar and the Rouses Point Historical Society will again unite this summer when we present the ambitious:

SUMMERDANCE:RP06, a month-long celebration of art and performance.

SUMMERDANCE will feature the return of Norte Maar’s Fete de Danse (27 July), and will include the summer conservatory of dance (17-28 July), a photography exhibition and film series featuring that famous duo of the dance floor Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers (6-31 July), and much, much more.

But these fabulous events will not be taking place in the Press-Republican’s promising Quadrant of Hope (i.e. Lake Placid, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Plattsburgh, and “all points in between”). We’ll be enjoying our own renaissance further North in our beautiful Village of Rouses Point, at the Civic Center to be exact!

Jason Andrew
Rouses Point

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.


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.

North Countryman, July 24, 2004

By Ann Hawksby

Thanks to the work of Jason Andrew of Norte Maar, a grass-roots cultural promotion organization, the Rouses Point Historical Society will present a summer dance festival.

Proceeds from the dance concert will benefit the Historical Society and their quest to refurbish the old D&H Railroad Station, as well as preserve and display the area’s rich heritage.

The Village of Rouses Point purchased the old D&H Railroad Station, and have been open to the Historical Society’s ideas and intent to revamp the building, inside and out. The plans include a display of railroad artifacts, photographs, books, papers, and clothing.

“We are very excite about this event,” said Mary Racicot of the Historical Society,”we are hoping for a very successful evening.”

She said the society was anxious the railroad project a reality.

Rouses Point Fete de Danse 2004 will feature dances from London, Ireland, and all over the U.S. starting with Gleich Dances Contemporary Ballet.

Owner, choreographer, and teacher, Julia K. Gleich, of London, is happy to have the opportunity to share her dances with the people of the Northern Tier, according to Andrew of Norte Maar.

Gleich, whose choreographic residencies have taken her to the Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont, University of Northern Colorado, Island Moving Company, RI, University of California, and Dancer’s Workshop in Wyoming, is currently a lecturer at LABAN Centre for Contemporary Dance in London.

Also appearing at Fete de Danse 2004, are the Burklyn Ballet Theatre of Johnson, Vt. — a summer workshop attended by about 180 dancers from all over the world, the North Country Ballet ensemble of Plattsburgh under the direction of Debbie Guibord, and Ryan’s Irish dance Troupe, let by Kathy Ryan of Chazy.

Dancers from the Burklyn Ballet Theatre, which was founded in 1976, have performed in Scotland, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, under the direction of the talented Joanne Whitehill.

The North Country Ballet Ensemble, which was founded in 1986, consists of a collaboration of the area’s best dancers led by a wonderful team of teachers and enthusiasts.

Ryan’s Irish Dance Troupe is well known in the North Country for their exciting performances, including River Dance and traditional Irish dances.

“Norte Maar aspires to be a premiere resource connecting musicians, dancers, and visual artists with venues and each other.” The newly established organization seeks to, “unite the cultural forces of North Country whereby presenting all that is exciting and happening within the artistic community.”

The Fete de Danse 2004 concert will be held July 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rouses Point Halstead Civic Center, with a reception and refreshments afterwards.

Advance tickets are available by calling 297-3035. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 seniors, $5 children unless under the age of 8, which are free of charge. Tickets at the door are $12.


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