Artistic Director's John Castagna's latest choreographic work BLACK and FUSCHIA features three fantastic dancers: Vicky Lambert, a former principal with Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Stephanie Kim, her forth leading role with Ballet Collective/ LA, and Jack Virga, whose strength and experience as a partner is extraordinary. The work is choreographed to Alberto Ginastera's "Tocatta" from Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. This abstract dance deals with the support and unity among three individuals. It features a series of trios, duets and a solo for each performer responding to the Argentinan rhythms of the driving music. Anda Bernovska, in her fourth collaboration with Castagna, designed the colorful costumes above, all in black and fuschia, with a 1950's Spanish accent.
BLACK and FUSCIA is scheduled to be videotaped by David Sukonick and photographed by Barry Weiss in early May 2013 and will be presented in local showcases. We will be also be posting the work on Youtube.com and Dancemedia.com Please watch for news on Facebook. Special thanks to Mimoda Studio and Maestro Stefan Wenta.
John Castagna’s Ballet Collective/LA had an inspiring year last year as well:
Founded in 2001, the company’s repertoire includes traditional classics A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Traviata, Rite of Spring Suite, Die Fledermaus, as well as contemporary works Spaces Between, Dawn to Dusk and Loss.
The talented dancers work with Ballet Collective on a project-by-project basis. In 2013, Stephanie Kim will be performing her fourth leading role created for her by Castagna.
Since 2008 Ballet Collective has been sharing choreography and the work of these talented young dancers on the internet reaching an audience of thousands.
Thanks to the ongoing enthusiasm of our audience and the FRIENDS OF THE BALLET COLLECTIVE/LA, the Collective continues to expand its commitment to our audience & choreographer and dancers in Los Angeles.
Supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors though the Los Angeles County Arts Commission .
Photos by Barry Weiss and Joan Harrison
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