COMPANY C CONTEMPORARY BALLET – Opens 9th Season

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
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Two emotionally-charged world premieres, Indoor Fireworks by Artistic Director Charles Anderson and Benjamin Bowman, and Ominous Rumblings of Discontent by Maurice Causey, kick off Company C Contemporary Ballet’s ninth season. Performances run through March 20th. Company premieres of Pulse by Daniel Ezralow and Tovernon by David Anderson round out a program full of emotion and intense athleticism. Seven performances remain: Saturday, January 22nd at 8:00 pm at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek; Saturday, January 29th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, January 30th at 3:00 pm at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts; Saturday February 12th at 8:00 pm and Sunday, February 13th at 2:00 pm at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Performances continue Saturday, March 19th at 8:00 pm and Sunday, March 20th and 2:00 pm at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
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COMPANY C CONTEMPORARY BALLET
Charles Anderson, Artistic Director

“Company C’s ninth season represents our commitment to the best in contemporary choreography, dynamic classical technique and a performance mix that elegantly combines style, versatility, wit and theatricality,” says Founder and Artistic Director Charles Anderson. “The ballets are the stars of the company and demonstrate the range, relevance and personality that have attracted audiences from all over the Bay Area and beyond.”

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AARON JACKSON. Photo, Marty Sohl

The season opens with an emotional thrill ride from the depths of David Anderson’s Tovernon, a soliloquy of grief, loss and hope, to a heart-pounding, life-affirming experience in Daniel Ezralow’s intense ballet, Pulse. New, heart-rending ballets: Ominous Rumblings of Discontent by Maurice Causey and Indoor Fireworks by Charles Anderson and Benjamin Bowman, which is coupled with the music of Elvis Costello, complete the emotional gamut of the journey. This program challenges the full-on athleticism of the Company and rewards audiences with breath-taking moments of galvanizing choreography, theatrical intensity and the excitement of dance pushed to its technical limits.

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MARIO ESPINOZA and LAURA RUTLEDGE
Photo, Marty Sohl

Beauty, passion, wit, and drama converge in the stunning performances of California’s Company C Contemporary Ballet. Dynamic, adventurous, contemporary choreography is the hallmark of the Company led by founder and Artistic Director Charles Anderson, a former member of the New York City Ballet. The twelve-member ensemble of classically trained dancers from across the country performs a diverse repertoire of moving, provocative, sensual, and entertaining contemporary choreography. This repertoire includes master works by some of the most accomplished contemporary choreographers of today, including Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, David Parsons, Michael Smuin, and Val Caniparoli. The Company commissions original works each year from talented choreographers such as former New York City Ballet Soloist Alexandre Proia, former Paul Taylor Dancer Patrick Corbin, and Gregory Dawson, formerly of Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

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ASHLEY IVORY. Photo, Marty Sohl

In 2008, the Company premiered Twyla Tharp’s Armenia at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and in 2010 was the first company given the honor of performing Ms. Tharp’s Surfer at the River Styx. In the fall of 2009, the Company collaborated with the Diablo Theater Company and appeared in their production of On the Town. For the 2010 season, the Company commissioned a new ballet from emerging Bay Area choreographer Amy Seiwert and performed Lar Lubovitch’s seminal work, Cavalcade and Charles Moulton’s engaging Nine Person Precision Ball Passing.


Since its inception in late 2002, the Company has performed regularly throughout Northern California and made its New York City debut in 2006. In addition to its regular season throughout the Bay Area, the Company has toured to Temecula, California, Mendocino, California and Akron, Ohio, where they were the featured performers in the multi-week Heinz Poll Dance Festival.

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MARIO ESPINOZA and BETH KACZMAREK.
Photo, David De Silva

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Seán Martinfield
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