Springtime in Paris

Springtime in Paris

Dallas, Texas - Contemporary Ballet Dallas [“CBD”] closes its 15th Anniversary season of concert dance with Springtime in Paris April 29-30, 2016, 8:00pm, at the Latino Cultural Center. Springtime in Paris captures the both the bustle and romance of this thriving city! CBD celebrated France this past February with the premiere of Le Mozart Noir, based off the life of French composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges – and CBD continues its homage to France in this concert!  A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the United Way Paris Live Fund for the victims of the terrorist attack in November last year.  Learn more at https://www.unitedway.org/paris-live-united-fundSpringtime in Paris features several premieres from renowned Guest Choreographers, including former NYCB soloist Lisa Hess Jones, international choreographer Jamie Thompson, Dupree Dance convention choreographer Brian Stevens & more!

Choreographer Addison Holmes opens the concert with Springtime in Paris, reminding us of the innocence and joy of young love in the City of Lights!  Join us for a stroll down the Champs-Élyseé on a musical journey including nostalgic Edith Paif, current indie-pop group Sylvan Esso, and original composition by musician Mark Landson of Open Classical.  Mr. Landson will be playing a violin solo onstage!  Springtime in Paris offers stories from sipping lattes, a comedy of errors to finding true love.

CBD is thrilled to premiere a work by Guest Artist & former NYCB soloist Lisa Hess Jones.  A work in three distinct parts, Lisa offers a thrilling Tango, a beautiful classical solo and a powerful finale of contemporary ballet.  Guest Choreographer Brian Stevens is premiering a work about our five senses.  Each dancer representing one sense – and what happens to us as we lose them!  A technically demanding and athletic work, Brian’s reputation for such style is clear in this premiere.

Continuing CBD’s mission to present innovative dance performances while cultivating emerging dance artists and choreographers in North Texas, CBD is premiering a work by local choreographer Erin Boone.  Ms. Boone’s work is set to French composer Francis Poulenc’s entrancing Concerto for Organ, Timpani & Strings in G Minor.

And closing the evening is Guest Artist & Choreographer Jamie Thompson’s FourFour premiered sections in Belize this past December and explores the contemporary ballet vocabulary.  Four is motivated by how far you can push the use of codified language in dance.  Mr. Thompson’s work includes a solo to quartet, with a demanding finale of physical prowess!

Tickets are ON-SALE NOW and can be purchased on-line at https://contemporaryballetdallas.com, at the CBD studio or by phone at 214.821.2066! Tickets are $17-$30! Discounts are available – visit us on-line to learn more!

In our milestone 15th Anniversary Season comes to a close, CBD continues to challenge the conventions of ballet, introducing audiences to a new image of dance!

April 29-30, 2016 – performances at 8:00pm

Latino Cultural Center | 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas, Texas, 75204

Contemporary Ballet Dallas is Changing Ballet Attitudes!

About Contemporary Ballet Dallas

Contemporary Ballet Dallas, CBD, is a unique dance company for a unique city and was founded in 2000 by SMU dance alumnae. CBD performs a diverse repertoire of modern, ballet, and jazz influenced works that inspire the North Texas community. The company’s progressive, diverse & contemporary style combines with a variety of musical genres, in turn, engaging a broader audience. Utilizing professional dancers and recent college graduates, concerts are billed for the everyday man, as well as dance enthusiasts interested in a full spectrum of dance styles. CBD has received favorable reviews from dance critics throughout the area and continues to be recognized throughout the local dance scene. CBD provides a platform for emerging artists to set works at no cost to them, performs at local community performances and art festivals, serves as entertainment for charity events, and continues to present community outreach programs to underserved students through our Chance to Dance educational initiatives.

About Lisa Hess Jones

A native of Amarillo, Texas, Mrs. Jones trained with her parents, Neil and Camille Hess, founders of Lone Star Ballet.  Further training included the San Francisco Ballet, Harkness Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre.  She finally accepted a winter scholarship with the School of American Ballet and moved to New York City.  She became an apprentice in the New York City Ballet (NYCB) and later joined the company in 1975.  Lisa became a favorite of the company’s founder George Balanchine.  Lisa promoted to a soloist and danced with NYCB until 1985.  Lisa went on to dance with Nureyev and Friends, was a guest artist with Sydney Ballet in Australia and toured Asia with Stars of the American Ballet.  In 1989, Ms. Hess became involved with the Carlisle Project allowing her to create choreography for professional dancers and for the Northeast Regional Dance Festival and the Southwest Regional Dance Festival.  She has created works for ballet companies around the country such as Annapolis Ballet Theatre, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Brigham Young University and West Texas State University.

About Jamie Thompson

From Belize, Central America, Jamie Thompson is a graduate of Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, where he received his B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. He received early dance training from Belize National Dance Company and Dramatic Forces School of Dance. His previous dance experiences include serving as dancer, choreographer and teacher for Belize National Dance Company and Talk Dance Company.  From 2010-2014, Mr. Thompson danced with the internationally acclaimed Dallas Black Dance Theatre. He has directed and choreographed across the U.S. and internationally, including several productions for the Rotary Club of Belize, benefitting The Gift of Life Program - an organization that works for the betterment and development of youth. Jamie is passionate about pursuing artistic excellence and his choreography style is highly technical and athletic.

About Brian Stevens

Brian grew up in the Dallas Fort Worth area. He quickly became known in the competition dance circuit as an award-winning powerhouse.  Additionally, he received scholarships to dance at the Broadway Dance Center and several dance intensive programs. While in training, he was hired as an assistant for Tremaine and Dupree Conventions. Working with faculty of nationally recognized dance conventions, Brian gained valuable hands on experience in training remarkably skilled young dancers. The opportunity also helped him develop his unique choreography style.  Brian is currently the Artistic Director of KJ Dance Studio’s award winning performance company, Pulse. His choreography for large and small groups, including solos, duets, and trios, are nationally recognized, winning multiple awards and overall titles. Brian also tours the country with the Dupree Dance Convention faculty as a choreographer and instructor.  In 2013, Brian founded Artistic Dance Designs, a costume design company. You can catch Brian next this summer at the North Texas Summer Dance Intensive & Dallas Repertoire Ballet Intensive.

About Addison Reed Holmes

Addison studied 12 years at the Dallas Dance Academy under Joyce S. Bader and Lyndette Bader-Galen. She earned her B.A. in dance at SMU, and also studied dance at the Joffrey Ballet School, New School University, Broadway Dance Center, and the Royal Academy of Dancing in New York City. She is a student member of R.A.D. the method of the Royal Ballet in London, England. Addison has received many scholarships indance and was featured in the DANCE Magazine as Grand prize winner of American Academy of Ballet’s Performance Awards in New York City. Addison has worked professionally in both LA and NY, dancing in various shows, industrials, commercials, film, TV and music videos. Some of her credits include: Muse, My Chemical Romance, Eminem, Natasha Bedingfield, McDonald’s, Toshiba, JcPenney, Law and Order, Prison Break, American Heart Association, Ed Hardy, DIFFA, Radio City Music Hall, Joffrey Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre Corps de ballet, 2011 European Life Ball, and L.A. Choreographer’s Carnival.  Her choreography style is highly influenced by mentor John Meehan of ABT studio company whom she trained with at summer intensives in New York, as well as Violette Verdy, former principal with the Paris Opera Ballet.  Mrs. Holmes has choreographed and performed as a guest artist for several contemporary ballet companies. Along with performing, Addison works as a choreographer and convention teacher in both America and Canada.

About Erin Boone

Erin Boone completed her MFA in Choreographic Theory and Practice from SMU in May 2007. She earned her BFA in Ballet at TCU where she performed principal roles in ballets choreographed, as well as restaged by Fernando Bujones. Mrs. Boone received her early training at Dallas Ballet, Dallas Metropolitan Ballet and The School of American Ballet. While attending dance intensives at School of American Ballet, she performed in George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Rubies, and Valse Fantaisie.  Mrs. Boone received scholarships and grants to participate in numerous summer programs such as The School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Pennsylvania Ballet School, Hartford Ballet School, Bartholin in Copenhagen, Denmark and Impulstanz in Vienna, Austria. She danced professionally with Fort Worth- Dallas Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Wichita Ballet Theater, Ballet Concerto, Collin County Ballet Theater & Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet. Formerly a dance instructor at SMU and Tarrant County College, she currently teaches ballet classes at the University of North Texas.

About Mark Landson

Mark Landson is a violinist, violist, composer, the founder and Director of Open Classical, and the founder of Neo Camerata. Mr. Landson has performed throughout the United States and Europe as a member of various orchestras and chamber ensembles including the Rochester Philharmonic, the New American Chamber Orchestra, and La Orquesta de Granada (the Orchestra of Granada, Spain).  Mr. Landson grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from the Eastman School of Music, he studied with noted professors Bruce Plumb, George Taylor, and James Dunham, violist of the Cleveland Quartet. After Eastman, he moved to Spain to become a member of La Orquesta de Granada, and toured throughout Europe and Morocco in both orchestral and chamber music groups. At this time he was also a member of the Boccherini String Quartet.  During this time, he began to develop his unique style of classical composition by melding classical motivic development with rock and pop sensibilities of harmony and pacing. Upon returning to the United States, he formed Neo Camerata, a group dedicated to performing his classical chamber music works in a variety of settings, including rock clubs and classical concert halls. In 2005, Neo Camerata released recordings of Mark Landson’s chamber music (“Travels”, on New Roads Records/Well-Tempered), and also collaborated with Ms. Magloire on the recording of her hip-hopera “Forbidden Opera”, released on EMI.  In 2011, Landson founded Open Classical, which produces a variety of innovative classical music programming, including costumed variety shows, amplified chamber music concerts and dinner concerts as well as signature Classical Open Mic events.  Mr. Landson has written a number of high enterainment concepts, including the comedy variety show Night of the Living Dead Composers (2013), the comic operetta The True (Not Exactly True) Story of Thanksgiving (2014), and Classically Jazzed (2015), which features both original jazz songs based on famous classical melodies and jazz arrangements of baroque violin concertos.  In the summer of 2015, Landson’s Neo Camerata toured through Canda and the U.S. with the punk band Say Anything. December 2015 brought the premier of Landson’s comic operetta, “Goldilocks”, and in February 2016, Mr. Landson was the featured composer for the new ballet “Le Mozart Noir: The Untold Tale”, a collaboration between Contemporary Ballet Dallas and the Dallas Bach Society.


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