The evening celebrates the company’s commitment to presenting the highest caliber and widest variety of works ranging from elegant, energetic classical works to contemporary dance that comments on today’s social conscience, relationships, and personal transitions throughout society today.
“This year’s program really reflects the growth and evolution of our company, celebrating the roots of our founding collaborators. What makes us a collective are the shared ideas, aesthetics and goals not only of our own dancers, but of those ‘guests’ who have become our extended family. This work is more personal, visceral, and most of all unique.”
The program opens with the vivacious Liebesgedicht, choreographed by Stephen Straub (Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Suzanne Farrell Ballet), who has made several works for the company since its founding. Created for the Lake Tahoe Music Festival last summer to Mozart’s Symphony No. 29, this energetic romp features all the glamour of classical ballet, embellished by costume designer Virginia Vogel.
Also returning from last August is Erik Wagner’s Bach Double Concerto with an added adagio movement. Wagner’s background lends an elegant, contemporary twist to the simplicity of line and undulating score of Bach.
Special guests Red Brick Company, led by dancer/choreographer Nicholas Korkos, presents Scene Work. Set to the alluring and bittersweet music of 1950’s starlet Connie Francis, Scene Work finds itself at the various stages of reaction after a relationship ends. Through theatrical vignettes that spark melancholy, five characters, each at a different time in their life, tell their sides of the story. Native San Franciscan Nicholas Korkos has performed with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Aszure Barton, San Francisco Opera, and the San Francisco Symphony, where he was part of a restaged version of On the Town with the original Broadway revival cast.
Two beloved works return this season. Lake Tahoe Dance Collective founder Christin Hanna’s Company (2011) will feature Stephen Straub partnering LTDC’s Gabrielle Rodda in the works’ atmosphere of mystery and suspension. “I made this ballet in a very dark time in my life,” says Hanna, “and its one of the ones I look back on fondly. The ensemble is made up of LTDC apprentice dancers who are performing with us the first time, and I feel that this piece was a nice introduction to my choreography for them.”
Deborah Lohse’s Vivants (2012) has been staged by original cast member Sierra Walsh. “Vivant means to live,” says Lohse of the work. “I am constantly in awe of the power young women can conjure when they are awake, participating and alive.”
The evening concludes with Constantine Baecher’s Mozart Trio, with live accompaniment by local pianist Stephanie Fountaine. Created for New Chamber Ballet, the work explores the personalities of the dancers and their interpersonal relationships with the beginnings, middles and ends of life transitions.
The event will also feature a gallery showing, celebrating of photography from the company’s first ten years with iconic images from photographers Danielle Hankinson, Jen Schmidt, Kristie Pellegrino, Ambera Dodson and Weidong Yang.
Student and Senior (Age 65+) $20
Student and Senior (Age 65+) $25
Phone: (800) 838-3006