National Choreographers Initiative

National Choreographers Initiative[1] is a non-profit dance organization based in Irvine, California, that promotes the development of choreographers from all over the United States[2][circular reference] in the professional ballet world. NCI hosts a three-week workshop with selected professional dancers, who had auditioned from various ballet companies throughout the United States. The choreographers each produce a work in progress, which are then showcased at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. These performances are open to the public and are held every year in late July. National Choreographers Initiative was founded in 2004 by Molly Lynch. The rehearsals and dancer accommodations are hosted by the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine campus.

Past dancers have been from companies such as: Boston Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, BalletMet, Ballet Austin, Kansas City Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.[3]

10th anniversary celebrationsEdit

In honor of NCI's 10th successful season, there were two performances at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine, California. NCI highlights will feature excerpts from works from the past decade on July 13, 2013, and NCI Discovery will showcase the work done by Fernandez, McCullough, McNamee, and Zahradnicek on July 27, 2013.[4][5][6]

10th anniversary factsEdit

  • Each year four choreographers are invited to participate in the project. Annual choreographer submissions have 20 to 55. NCI has worked with 37 different choreographers, including 14 women.
  • 16 professional dancers are hired from companies throughout the United States, including BalletMet, Nashville Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Richmond Ballet, and Smuin Ballet. There have been 30 companies represented by 88 dancers who have participated. The 16 are selected from a pool of 78 dancers who auditioned and/or applied.
  • 22 ballets developed at NCI have gone on to be premiered or performed by other companies; including Grand Rapids Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Morphoses Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Carolina Ballet, River North Dance Chicago, and Barak Ballet.
  • Two choreographers are now artistic directors of companies: Edwaard Liang – BalletMet and Melissa Barak – Barak Ballet
  • Three choreographers have participated in the project twice; Ann Marie DeAngelo, Peter Pucci, and Melissa Barak
  • Four University of California, Irvine dancers have participated as apprentices in the project
  • Choreographers have used their work at NCI to gain other choreographic projects
  • Dancers have changed company employment based on contacts made at NCI

DancersEdit

The 2018 NCI Dancer Cast:[7] Women:

Men:

ChoreographersEdit

Artistic Director Molly Lynch accepts choreographer applications throughout the year, and then selects four choreographers to be participate in the annual National Choreographers Initiative.

2018Edit

[8]

  • Kevin Jenkins
  • David Justin
  • Ilya Kozadayev
  • Mariana Oliviera

2017Edit

[9]

2016Edit

[13]

  • Tom Gold
  • Nicole Haskins[14]
  • Stephanie Martinez[15]
  • Ben Needham-Wood[16]

2015Edit

[17]

  • Nicolas Blanc
  • Norberto De La Cruz
  • Jimmy Orrante
  • Sarah Tallman

2014Edit

[18]

2013Edit

[19]

  • David Fernandez
  • Susan McCullough
  • Kitty McNamee
  • Petr Zahradnicek

2012Edit

[20]

2011Edit

[21]

  • Brian Enos
  • Heather Maloy
  • Peter Pucci
  • Paula Weber

2010Edit

[22]

2009Edit

[23]

2008Edit

[24]

2007Edit

[25]

2006Edit

[26]

2005Edit

[27]

2004Edit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.nchoreographers.org/
  2. ^ Category:American choreographers
  3. ^ "NCI - Choreographers and Dancers". Nchoreographers.org. Retrieved 2017-02-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Irvine Barclay Theatre. "National Choreographers Initiative Celebrates A Decade: Irvine Barclay Theatre". New.pitchengine.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Irvine Barclay Theatre & Cheng Hall". Thebarclay.org. Retrieved 2017-02-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ [1]
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  10. ^ https://www.suzannehaag.com/bio
  11. ^ https://www.pennysaunderschoreo.com/
  12. ^ http://www.christopherstuart.com/about
  13. ^ "NCI - Choreographers and Dancers". Nchoreographers.org. Retrieved 2017-02-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ http://www.nicolehaskins.com/biography
  15. ^ http://www.stephaniemartinezchoreography.com/
  16. ^ http://www.bneedhamwood.com/
  17. ^ "NCI - Choreographers and Dancers". Nchoreographers.org. Retrieved 2017-02-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  20. ^ "NCI - Choreographers and Dancers". Nchoreographers.org. Retrieved 2017-02-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^ "NCI - Choreographers and Dancers". Nchoreographers.org. Retrieved 2017-02-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. ^ "NCI - Choreographers and Dancers". Nchoreographers.org. Retrieved 2017-02-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  23. ^ "NCI - Choreographers and Dancers". Nchoreographers.org. Retrieved 2017-02-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  24. ^ "NCI - Choreographers and Dancers". Nchoreographers.org. Retrieved 2017-02-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  25. ^ "NCI - Choreographers and Dancers". Nchoreographers.org. Retrieved 2017-02-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  26. ^ "NCI - Choreographers and Dancers". Nchoreographers.org. Retrieved 2017-02-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  27. ^ "NCI - Choreographers and Dancers". Nchoreographers.org. Retrieved 2017-02-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  28. ^ "NCI - Choreographers and Dancers". Nchoreographers.org. Retrieved 2017-02-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  29. ^ "Official Site of Ann Marie DeAngelo". Annmariedeangelo.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  30. ^ "Peter Pucci - Choreographer and Movement Director". Pucciplus.com. 2007-10-18. Retrieved 2017-02-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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