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The Boston Conservatory Dance Theater Presents "Fast Forward"

(BOSTON—Nov. 3, 2011) The Boston Conservatory Dance Ensemble presents Fast Forward, a varied program featuring a wide range of aesthetic and technical approaches, including reconstructions of Ohad Naharin’s Three (excerpts), Paul Taylor’s Cloven Kingdom,  Trey McIntyre’s Blue Until June Suite, Tommy Neblett’s La Giornata Omicida (The Deadly Day) and a newly-commissioned piece by Danielle Agami, Naharin’s protégé.  The dance concert marks the first performance under the artistic direction of new Dance Division Director Cathy Young.  Performances take place Thursday—Saturday, Nov. 3—5 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m., at The Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway Street, in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 for senior citizens and $10 for all students with valid ID. Tickets are available by phone at 617-912-9222 or at http://bostonconservatory.ticketforce.com/. 

According to Young, “We’ve packed our program with a wide range of styles and experiences, each physically thrilling and thought-provoking, while still being accessible to both seasoned audience members and those new to the world of dance.”

Three (excerpts), by world-renowned choreographer and Batsheva Dance Company Artistic Director Naharin, is considered his most well-known piece. Three (excerpts) is reconstructed by Agami, who will also present her world premiere of “Ema,” choreographed in the GaGa dance  style created by Naharin.  Both pieces will be performed by Boston Conservatory seniors.

Taylor’s classic masterwork, Cloven Kingdom, is reconstructed by faculty member Sandy Stone and performed by The Boston Conservatory junior dance class.  Considered a quintessentially American choreographer, Taylor’s work has been central in defining American modern dance. 

McIntyre’s Blue Until June Suite, was created to the captivating vocals of the legendary Etta James. Reconstructed by Shayne Mishoe, his work stretches the ballet vocabulary in innovative and exciting new directions.  This piece is performed by the sophomore class.

La Giornata Omicida (The Deadly Day), choreographed by faculty member Neblett, has been called “a romping, stomping tour de force that veers between a celebration of girl power and a critique of the ideals of feminine beauty.” (The Boston Globe) First inspired musically by the contemporary Italian folk opera, La Gatta Cenerentola, then visually by a real-life scene that the choreographer witnessed in Copenhagen, in which a group of women tackled and restrained their assailant through sheer determination, the work is a passionate declaration of strength and desire.  It is performed by members of the sophomore class.

About Cathy Young

Cathy Young received her B.A. in sociology and women’s studies from Harvard and her M.F.A. in dance from the University of Illinois. She is nationally recognized as a master teacher and has taught classes at more than 30 colleges around the country, as well as at the Bates Dance Festival, Florida Dance Festival and the International Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. While she is perhaps best known as a teacher and choreographer of jazz dance, her 30 years of experience have been wide-ranging and diverse. Throughout her career, she has been immersed as a performer and choreographer in the areas of modern and post-modern dance, improvisation, contact improvisation and ballet, which was central to her training and development. Her depth of experience has inspired her to seek the connections between different dance forms and genres and to develop herself as a versatile, open-minded artist.

As a performer, Young has danced with a number of companies, including Zenon Dance Company and Danny Buraczeski’s Jazzdance!  She has also toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, and she has performed in prestigious venues such as the Joyce Theater in New York and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. For the past 20 years, Young has focused on creating her own work, a dynamic mix of styles and dance forms that intermingles jazz, modern, contact improvisation, social dance and gymnastics. She creates choreography for her own company, Cathy Young Dance, and has been commissioned by numerous companies in the U.S and abroad. Young is also the recipient of awards and grants from various arts foundations including the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Target Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board.  She was previously department chair and an associate professor of dance at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania.

About The Boston Conservatory

The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its intimate and supportive multi-disciplinary environment, The Boston Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in music, dance and theater, and presents more than 200 performances each year by students, faculty and guest artists. Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators. For more information, visit www.bostonconservatory.edu. 

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