Dance

Chautauqua Dance

The Chautauqua Dance program, formed by artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux in 1989, includes performances by internationally acclaimed ballet and modern dance companies and the renowned School of Dance.

Chautauqua Dance is distinguished by its strong Balanchine influence under the tutelage of Master Teacher Patricia McBride. The visiting companies provide an unmatched atmosphere for School of Dance students to learn and perform alongside professional dancers. Preview performances in the Carnahan-Jackson Studios, where the resident companies and school study and rehearse daily, have also become anticipated events for Chautauqua fans. 

In addition to Charlotte Ballet’s four week residency, the 2017 season also includes modern company Ailey II in residency during Week One, a special Pas de Deux evening featuring alumni of the School of Dance, Irene Rodríguez Compañía presenting an evening of fiery flamenco, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre with the CSO. 

Charlotte Ballet in Residence (Weeks 1–4)

The Charlotte Ballet’s mission is to provide artistically excellent programming to diverse audiences in its home city of Charlotte, the Southeast region, and to the varied communities it serves while on tour across the nation. Charlotte Ballet has received critical recognition nationally for excellence in programming, education and outreach, and dance training. 

Founded in 1970, Charlotte Ballet is the oldest professional ballet company in North Carolina. Today, the organization enjoys a national reputation for excellence in programming, education and outreach, and dance training.

Under the artistic direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride, former New York City Ballet stars, Charlotte Ballet has attracted superb dancers and built a versatile and diverse repertoire ranging from full-length classical ballets to innovative contemporary works. 

Ailey II in Residence (Week 1)

Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. The stunning dancers of Ailey II will spread their wings on the stage of the renewed Amphitheater, as well as throughout the Institution grounds. Their residency will include a mini-performance for families, a lecture-demonstration, a pre-performance talk, a workshop for Boys’ and Girls’ Club, master classes for the School of Dance, and two evening-length performances featuring different repertoire. 

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater

One of the most exciting ballet companies in the United States, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has built a legacy of excellence and innovation since 1969. Since 1997, the company has flourished under the direction of Terrence S. Orr, former American Ballet Theatre ballet master and principal dancer. Mr. Orr has created a powerful repertoire, including fresh versions of traditional ballets, original works commissioned to contemporary American music and dramatic works that push the boundaries of ballet as an art form. Through more than 50 performances each year at home, on tour, and now at Chautauqua, PBT audiences discover the passion and joy of ballet.

Irene Rodríguez Compañía

This stunning company is led by Cuban dancer and choreographer Irene Rodríguez López. Featuring six dancers and four live flamenco and Cuban musicians, this performance promises to be a masterful intermingling of traditional flamenco and contemporary dance. Of their 2016 performance at The Joyce, The New York Times says “Ms. Rodríguez is an intense, exacting dancer; the word ‘fiery,’ so overused with respect to flamenco, actually suits her well.”

 

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