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2006 Press release


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CONTACT:Zory Karah: (415) 552-1166, info@chamberdancesf.org
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CHAMBERDANCE PRESENTS
SPRING PERFORMANCES WITH THE ACADEMY OF BALLET

BALLET COMPANY PERFORMS BALANCHINE’S WHO CARES?
JUNE 17 & 18
AT THE COWELL THEATER, FORT MASON CENTER IN SAN FRANCISCO

SAN FRANCISCO, April 30, 2006 – San Francisco-based youth company, Chamberdance, returns to the Cowell Theater this June to present its tenth annual performance with the Academy of Ballet. A highlight of the program will be George Balanchine's delightful Who Cares?, performed with special permission of the Balanchine Trust and staged by Sandra Jennings, ballet mistress at San Francisco Ballet. The program will also feature the return of More Songs by Artistic Director Richard Gibson with expanded choreography, as well as a classical Pas de Quatre from Swan Lake.

Chamberdance’s performance of George Balanchine’s carefree Who Cares? -- with music by George Gershwin, arranged by Hershy Kay—puts a ballet spin on the bygone era of exuberant Hollywood musicals. Balanchine (1904-1983), a Russian trained dancer, is widely regarded as the foremost contemporary choreographer of ballet and is said to have choreographed over 400 works, many for his own company, the New York City Ballet. Balanchine choreographed Who Cares? in 1970 to sixteen Gershwin tunes, and eight Chamberdance dancers will perform a selection of dances including the romantic duet to “Embraceable You,” a scintillating woman’s solo to “Stairway to Paradise” and the breezy “Liza” solo for a man. Who Cares? has been staged for the company by San Francisco Ballet’s Sandra Jennings, and it is presented with the permission of the Balanchine Trust, an organization formed in 1987 to preserve the artistic integrity of Balanchine's master works.

The spring performance will also feature an expanded version of the evocative and introspective More Songs, by Artistic Director Richard Gibson. This series of nostalgic duets, trios and group dances -- choreographed to selections from Felix Mendelssohn’s “Lieder ohne Worte,” which will be performed live by pianist Donald White – had its premiere last year at the Cowell Theater. Gibson last choreographed to the work of Mendelssohn for his popular 1996 ballet Song Without Words, set to the music of the same name. Gibson, a former member of the Joffrey Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet, has created works for the Nederlands Dans Theatre, the San Francisco Ballet, and the North Carolina Dance Theater, among others.

The performances will also feature a divertissement from Swan Lake for two couples. This rigorously classical pas de quatre epitomizes the formal grace and demanding technique for which the classical ballets of choreographer Marius Petipa are known.

For seventeen years, Chamberdance has offered young pre-professional and professional dancers the opportunity to perform a wide range of classical and contemporary works as part of a dynamic ensemble. The June, 2006 engagements mark Chamberdance's tenth year of presenting joint performances with the Academy of Ballet, both under the co-directorship of Gibson and Zory Karah. The Academy of Ballet offers training for both the student preparing for a professional career and those who are studying ballet for its many other benefits. All of the Chamberdance company members have studied at the Academy of Ballet during their training and former company members have gone on to perform with national and international dance companies such as Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Korea National Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Smuin Ballet, and Oakland Ballet.

TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets for the Academy of Ballet and Chamberdance performances on Saturday, June 17 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 18 at 3:00 pm at the Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center are priced at $24 for General Admission; $18 for children 12 years old and younger.

Tickets are available through the Fort Mason Box Office, (415) 345-7575, and at the door. For more information, call the Academy of Ballet at (415) 552-1166 or www.chamberdancesf.org.

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CALENDAR EDITORS, PLEASE LIST:

CHAMBERDANCE PRESENTS
SPRING PERFORMANCES
WITH THE ACADEMY OF BALLET

Saturday, June 17 at 8:00 p.m.
and Sunday, June 18 at 3:00 pm

Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center behind the Herbst Pavilion, San Francisco

Dance
Academy of Ballet and Chamberdance
Richard Gibson and Zory Karah, Artistic Directors

Program:

  • Academy of Ballet Student Demonstration
  • A Suite of Dances from Who Cares?, music by George Gershwin, arranged by Hershy Kay and choreography by George Balanchine (with permission of the Balanchine Trust)
  • More Songs, music by Felix Mendelssohn and choreography by Richard Gibson
  • Pas de Quatre from Swan Lake, music by P.I. Tchaikovsky and choreography after Marius Petipa

Tickets available through the Fort Mason Box Office, (415) 345-7575; and at the door. For more information, call the Academy of Ballet at (415) 552-1166.

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Academy of Ballet Artistic Directors
Richard Gibson & Zory Karah

2121 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114 415-552-1166 info@chamberdancesf.org
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