by Brian Sanders, David Dawson, & George Balanchine , music by Gavin Bryars, Antonio Vivaldi/Arcangelo Corelli
November 10, 2016 to November 13, 2016 Merriam Theater


An all-new work from Brian Sanders, founder of JUNK, a Philadelphia-based troupe nationally acclaimed for avant-garde displays of fluidity and athleticism. 



Thrill to amazing feats of physical elasticity, unexpected musical arrangements, and innovative integration of light. 



The worlds of traditional American folk dance and classical ballet blend beautifully in this spirited production. 





Brian Sanders, David Dawson, & George Balanchine

The inventive and edgy Brian Sanders began his love affair with ballet as a lover of gymnastics and classical dance in Princeton. In the 70’s he found his muse in Bob Fosse and Pilobolus whose works inspired him to take a leap into choreography. He would go on to develop a close creative relationship with Pilobolus member Moses Pendleton. When Pendleton founded MOMIX in 1980, Sanders joined the troupe as a choreographer and dancer. After 10 years creating and dancing with MOMIX Sanders began working independently. With his name established and a growing repertoire Sanders founded JUNK in 1997. In the years since its founding, JUNK has become a FringeArts favorite with performances staged nationally and internationally to audiences thrilled to see what objects Sanders “finds” next.
British choreographer David Dawson is one of the most innovative dance makers working in classical ballet today. His personal choreographic style transforms classical ballet in new ways, and his signature works are atmospheric, emotionally physical, abstract/marrative pieces that have been praised by critics and audiences worldwide. Dawson's works have been performed in more than 25 countries and entered repertoires of many ballet companies. Dawson was honored with the Prix Benois de la Danse Award for choreography and nominated for the UK Critics' Circle National Dance Award as Best Classical Choreographer for the Grey Area. The process of choreographing this ballet was vividly illustrated in Tim Couchman's film, "The Grey Area" in Creation. Dawson created Reverence for the Mariinsky Ballet, for which he was awarded Russia's highest theatre prize for visual art, the Golden Mask Award, as Best Choreographer, and became the first British choreographer to create a ballet for this legendary company. He received the Choo San Goh Award for Choreography for The Gentle Chapters and was nominated for The Golden Mask Award, as Best Choreographer for Overture and 00:00. For his re-imagining of Faun(e), created for the English National Ballet's Ballets Russes Festival a tthe Salder's Wells in London, Dawson has been nominated as Best Classical Choreographer for the UK Critics' Circle National Dance Award and the Prix Benois de la Danse Choreography Award. 
Dawson has created numerous ballet internationally, including his full-length creations of Tistan + Isolde and Giselle, both of which had their world premieres at the Semperoper. Amongst other significant works are Empire Noir, The Human Seasons, day4, The Third Light, Morning Ground, Das Verschwundene\The Disappeared, A Sweet Spell of Oblivion, On the Nature of Daylight, The World According to US, dancingmadlybackward, 5, Opus.11 and his highly acclaimed timelapse/(Mnemosyne). 
Born in London, David Dawson began to dance at the age of 7 and received his training at the Rona Hart School of Dance, Arts Educational School, and The Royal Ballet School. In 1991 he received the Alicia Markova Award and won the prestigious Prix de Lausanne and the same year he was offered a contract by the Birmingham Royal Ballet. He was nominated as Best Newcomer of the Season by 'Dance & Dancers' magazine in 1992. He joined the English National Ballet in 1994 as a soloist, and a year later moved to Amsterdam to perform with Dutch National Ballet. Dawson choreographed his first ballet in 1997 at the annual choreographic workshop while with the Dutch National Ballet. This experience resulted in Dawson's first major creation for the main company, A Million Kisses to my Skin, in 2000. Subsequently, he joined Ballett Frankfurt, where he worked with William Forsythe and performed for two more years before deciding to devote his time to creating his own new works.
Between 2004 and 2012 David Dawson was Resident Choreographer for the Dutch National Ballet, the Semperoper Ballet and the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Since 2015 he holds the position of Associate Artist with the Dutch National Ballet. His creations have been introduced to the repertoires of many ballet companies including Boston Ballet, Ballet National de Marseilles, Het (Dutch) Nationale Ballet, Semperoper Ballet, English National Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Royal Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Singapore Dance Theater, West Australian Ballet, Aalto Ballet Theater Essen, Slovenian National Ballet, Ballet du Capitole, and Vienna State Opera Ballet.
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GEORGE BALANCHINE Born on January 22, 1904, in St. Petersburg, Russia, George Balanchine studied ballet and music in Russia before making his way to America. He gained notoriety as a young choreographer and co-founded the American Ballet. Balanchine was the co-founder, artistic director and chief choreographer of the New York City Ballet, and nearly every ballet company in the world has performed his work. He died in New York City in 1983. 
George Balanchine began his training at the Mariinsky Theatre’s ballet school and after graduating he attended the Petrograd State Conservatory of Music. In 1922, George Balanchine married a 15-year-old ballet student named Tamara Gevergeyeva. This was the first of four separate marriages to dancers, and for each of his wives, Balanchine would make a ballet. 
In 1924, Balanchine was invited to tour Germany as part of the Soviet State Dancers. A year later, the young choreographer joined Serge Diaghilev's Ballet Russes. At just 21 years old, Balanchine took over as choreographer for the group, one of the most renowned ballet companies in the world. 
After the Ballet Russes collapsed, Balanchine created the company Les Ballets in 1933. Following a performance, American dance aficionado Lincoln Kirstein approached Balanchine about collaboration and the two began a 50-year creative partnership, co-founding the School of American Ballet in 1934. The following year, the professional company known as the American Ballet emerged, becoming the official company of New York's Metropolitan Opera until 1936. 
In 1946, Kirstein and Balanchine co-founded a company that would become the New York City Ballet. Balanchine served as artistic director of the company, based out of New York State Theater at Lincoln Center. He produced more than 150 works for the company, including "The Nutcracker." While money was tight, Balanchine presented the dancers in practice clothes instead of ornate costumes. 
In addition to ballet, George Balanchine choreographed Hollywood movies and Broadway musicals. He is known for his connection to Igor Stravinsky; Balanchine created many ballets to his work, some in collaboration with the composer. He made more than 465 works, which have been performed by nearly every ballet company in the world. 
Balanchine created plotless ballets, where the dancing upstaged glitz and storytelling. His work never featured a star, as he believed the performance should outshine the individual. He is credited with developing the neo-classical style distinct to the 20th century. Balanchine served as the artistic director of the New York City Ballet until his death, on April 30, 1983, in New York City. 
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