The Company and other summer obligations
Okay, so I wrote a little while back about the starting of a new Ballet Company, BalletFleming. We had a great start this last season with three full length Ballets;
“The Myth and the Madness of Edgar Allan Poe” was done in Baltimore at Goucher College last September. It was a great success with a pre-show symposium on Poe and his effect on other artists in other mediums. This work will have a Philadelphia premiere in March 2012 at The Mandell Theatre at Drexel University. This series is made possible in part with help from Nan Gilbert of Drexel and Lois Welk from Dance USA Philadelphia. BalletFleming was fortunate to receive a grant from Dance USA Philadelphia called, “New Stages for Dance collaboration”.
“Gaspar – a Pirate Fantasy” was done in Tampa, Florida in January 2011 as part of the more than 100 year old celebration called the Gasparilla Festival. Thanks to Richard and Sharon Sanchez of The Richard Sanchez Family Foundation. The performances were a great success and also raised over 60,000 dollars for three very worthwhile charities (The Red Cross, Operation Home Front and Drew’s Shoes). In 2012 we will be returning to the stage in Tampa to continue this cultural and civic event.
The Who’s “Tommy” performed to five sold-out performances at Adelphi University with Adelphi’s company, Dance Adelphi. The whole project would not have been possible with out the vision of Frank Augustyn, Chair of the Dance Department at Adelphi (And Former Principle with the National Ballet of Canada) and the help of Jeanine and Michael Levitan of The Long Island Automotive Group.
Our one performance in Philadelphia was called “Tapas”. It was at the Painted Bride Theatre and was a sold-out affair.
All in all not a bad first start. Starting a new ballet company is usually done with a succession of small repertory programs. We managed to jump head first into three full evening productions.
So, along with our Summer Course part of the time this summer will be in the creation of new works for our 2011/2012 Season. As well I have a number of choreographic obligations to other organizations that will tie into what we are doing.
In July, Boca Ballet Theatre will do my nine inning baseball ballet; “PlayBall”. Seven Male dancers who work with us will join the advanced students of Boca Ballet Theatre for this production.
Also in July Cleveland’s Verb Ballets will do the new configuration of my 1999 hit rock ballet “Janice and Joe”. Now re-worked into “The Janice and Joe Suite” featuring the music of Janice Joplin and Joe Cocker In August we will do a benefit performance with Long Island Ballet Theatre, featuring excerpts from my new ballet “Long Train Running”. Music by the wonderful group, “Time for Three”.
These are works that we will eventually be doing here in Philadelphia. Building a repertory for my own company can also be accomplished thru outside work. It just makes sense to do.
The Traveling Ballet Master