Sean Martinfield Arts Contributor
Continuing its exciting 10th Anniversary season, Company C Contemporary Ballet presents a Spring Program full of fun, energy and romance. Performances run from April 27—May 27 in San Francisco and Walnut Creek. The Company will also return to New York to share its exciting choreography. Works by Gregory Dawson, Peter Anastos – founder of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and frequent collaborator with Mikhail Baryshnikov—and Company C’s own Artistic Director Charles Anderson, take center stage in nine performances: Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m. at the Fort Mason Center’s Cowell Theater in San Francisco; Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m. at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University in New York; and Friday, May 25, and Saturday, May 26, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 27, at 3 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.
Founder and Artistic Director Charles Anderson says: “I am so proud to present the Company C Contemporary Ballet’s 2012 Season – a synthesis of all that the Company has accomplished over the past ten years and a window onto the future yet to come. It is a season, ten years in the making, full of extraordinary choreography and joyous, uninhibited dancing.”
IN THE MOMENT – Documentary film excerpt
THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME (suite) – Choreography by Charles Anderson; Bluegrass arrangements of music from Led Zeppelin
KEY TO SONGS – Choreography by Charles Anderson; music by Morton Subotnik.
LATE – Choreography by James Sewel; music by Paul Schoenfield,
FOOTAGE – Choreography by Peter Anastos; music by Jack Hylton and His Orchestra
WHICH LIGHT IN THE SKY IS US? – Choreography by Gregory Dawson; music by Ben Juodvalkis and Moses Sedler
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About Company C Contemporary Ballet
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.
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.