Above: Shoshana Rosenfield and Kurt Froman rehearsing for Intermezzo Dance Company; click on the image to enlarge.
Thursday August 29th, 2013 - Craig Salstein, founder of Intermezzo Dance Company, invited me to a Company rehearsal today at the ABT Studios. Choreographers Lisa de Ribere and Gemma Bond were working on the 2nd and 4th movements - respectively - of the Verdi string quartet which will be shown at Intermezzo's premiere performances in October.
Intermezzo Dance Company will debut at the 92nd Street Y with a programme celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great Italian opera composer Giueseppe Verdi. Craig Salstein, a serious opera-lover, will honor the Maestro with a setting of the composer's string quartet as well as a fantasia of melodies from the dramatic opera UN BALLO IN MASCHERA (A Masked Ball), specially arranged for these performances. Four choreographers - Marcelo Gomes, Lisa de Ribere, Adam Hendrickson and Gemma Bond - will each set a movement of the quartet, while BALLO will be choreographed by Raymond Lukens. Tickets for the performances are on sale now: click here to order.
Craig has put together a handsome roster of dancers, including established favorites and some exciting newcomers. It was great to see everyone today, and if they were for the most part moving too fast for my camera to capture, I do have a few images to share:
Aran Bell warming up
Shoshana Rosenfield and Nancy Richer
Nadezhda Vostrikov, Carlos Lopez and Kaitlyn Gilliland
Nancy Richer, Rina Barrantes
Kaitlyn Gilliland, Stephen Hanna and Nadia Vostrikov getting notes from Gemma Bond
Carlos and Nadia
Striking a melodramatic pose: Carlos Lopez
Rina, Kaitlyn and Stephen
Carlos and Nadia, one of my few actual dance shots that turned out
Kaitlyn Gilliland and Sarah James
Nancy Richer, Gemma Bond
Carlos Lopez. I met Carlos this past Spring when he danced with Lydia Johnson Dance.
Another of the Intermezzo choreographers, Adam Hendickson, is creating the 3rd movement of the string quartet as a pas de deux for Kaitlyn Gilliland and Stephen Hanna. I'm hoping to watch a rehearsal of this part of the programme soon.
Meanwhile, a short film featuring all the Intermezzo dancers moving to music from Verdi's NABUCCO is in the works.