Le Mozart Noir: The Untold Tale

Le Mozart Noir: The Untold Tale

Contemporary Ballet Dallas (CBD) and Dallas Bach Society (DBS) announce a new ballet, Le Mozart Noir: The Untold Tale, to premiere February 26-27, 2016, 8:00pm, at the Montgomery Arts Theater of The Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSVA).

Le Mozart Noir is a collaborative production by DBS and CBD.  A special evening on the life and times of the illustrious Joseph Boulogne, later famously known as Chevalier de Saint-Georges, he was the son of a French planter of the nobility in the Caribbean and a woman of African heritage.  The concert features live music, including both period music led by DBS Director James Richman and original composition by Mark Landson of Open Classical.  Valerie Tabor of CBD is chief choreographer, while 18th century social dance has been restaged by New York Baroque Dance Company Director Catherine Turocy.  The dance style will be contemporary ballet with episodes of period dance.   We want to bring in a modern element to help bridge the centuries for today’s audience.  Consulting for the project is Marcea Daiter, an expert in Haitian dance history and a certified Dunham technique teacher.

DBS Artistic Director James Richman says, “Though the story is individual to the Chevalier, the ballet explores in vignettes the universal struggle to find oneself. It is a story we can all appreciate.”  This unique evening is funded, in part, by a grant from the Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund of TACA.

The Chevalier’s life story and work are rich indeed, but not often written about in the books.  He became a champion fencer, skillful equestrian, graceful dancer & virtuoso violinist.  The Chevalier’s talent and intelligence led to his place in high society, where he was an important musical figure and conductor of the leading symphony in Paris in the 18th century. The Chevalier was composing contemporaneous with Mozart and became known as Le Mozart Noir among the French bourgeoisie.  Women swooned for his exotic features and superb talent ~ he was also a vocal coach to Marie Antoinette!  During the French Revolution, he became a colonel of the Legion St. Georges, the first all-black regiment in Europe, fighting on the side of the Republic.

Tickets are currently on sale to the general public at www.dallasbach.org.

In our 15th Anniversary Season, CBD continues to challenge the conventions of ballet, introducing audiences to the new image of dance. Log onto www.contemporaryballetdallas.com or www.dallasbach.org for further information.

February 26-27, 2016 – 8:00pm

Montgomery Arts Theatre, 2501 Flora St., Dallas, Texas 75201

Contemporary Ballet Dallas is Changing Ballet Attitudes!

About Dallas Bach Society

The Dallas Bach Society was formed in 1982 to promote and encourage instrumental, choral, vocal, operatic, chamber, and keyboard music composed before 1800 through live performances in Dallas and its vicinity. Since its founding, the Society has been the city’s primary resource for early music performances by professional musicians. Instrumentalists perform on replicas of instruments from the 17th and 18th centuries. The Chorus is trained in the vocal style and performance practice of the period. National and international soloists specializing in the interpretation of Baroque join musicians to present the highest level of choral, chamber, and orchestral productions each season. The Dallas Bach Society’s season consists of ten traditional concerts and more intimate chamber concerts are offered in private homes. The Dallas Bach Society is a member of the Association of Professional Vocal Ensembles, The Neue Bach Gesellschaft, and was a founding member of Early Music America.

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. Learn more at www.contemporaryballetdallas.com

About Mark Landson:

Mark Landson is a violinist, violist, composer, the founder and Director of Open Classical, and the founder of Neo Camerata. He has been featured by the Dallas Observer in their “Top 100 Creatives in Dallas” series, by DFW arts webzine TheaterJones in their “Forward Thinkers” series, and through numerous other broadcast interviews and press articles as a prolific contributor to the creative culture of North Texas.  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. 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. From 2004-2007 Neo Camerata performed on programs with both classical orchestras (Oakland East Bay Symphony and the Irving Symphony) in large concert halls (Kennedy Center in Washington, DC) and also small to medium sized rock clubs with rock and pop artists, both of local and international acclaim (Ben Jelen and Rejane Magloire from Technotronic). 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.  Learn more at www.openclassical.org

About Catherine Turocy of New York Baroque Dance Company

Catherine Turocy, recognized as one of today’s leading choreographer, re-constructors and stage directors in 17th and 18th century period performance, has over 60 Baroque operas to her credit.  She co-founded New York Baroque Dance Company in 1976 and continues as the Artistic Director today.  She has been decorated by the French Republic as a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters.   She received the prestigious BESSIE Award in New York City for sustained achievement in choreography as well as the Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Excellence.  NEA International Exchange Fellowships supported extended visits where she lived in London and Paris, conducting research and interacting with other artists.  Ms. Turocy began her studies of historical dance as a freshman with Dr. Shirley Wynne at Ohio State University where she graduated magna cum laude.  A founding member of the Society for Dance History Scholars, she has lectured on period performance practices around the world.  As a writer she has contributed chapters to dance history text books, articles to Opera News, Early Music America and Dance Magazine, many which have been translated into French, German, Japanese and Korean.  As a sought after period stage director/choreographer, Ms. Turocy has worked with singers Jessye Norman, Bryn Terfel, Christine Brandes, Howard Crook, Ann Monoyios, Julianne Baird and Drew Minter.  She has worked eleven years at the Handel Festival in Goettingen, Germany where she has been lauded by the international press for her ground breaking production of Handel’s Teseo in 2011.  In New York, Ms. Turocy works closely with Concert Royal directed by conductor James Richman.  Internationally, she has worked with conductors Nicholas McGegan (Festival Orchestra of Goettingen),  Christopher Hogwood (Academy  of Ancient Music in London) , John Eliot Gardiner (English Baroque Soloists in London), Philippe Herreweghe (La Chapelle Royale in Paris) and Wolfgang Katschner (Lautten Compagney in Berlin).  Ms. Turocy is currently on faculty at the Juilliard School in the newly formed program: Historical Performance. She is often a guest teacher at the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, Oberlin College, Curtis Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve.  Learn more at www.nybaroquedance.org

About Marcea Daiter

Ms. Daiter is a choreographer, performing artist, dance educator and artistic director of New York based dance theater company Kaleidoscope of Kultures DanceTheater.  She is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the Dance Education Program at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, teaching African Dance and Intercultural Studies.  Ms. Daiter received an M.F.A. degree in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 1992, and her B.A. degree in Sociology from Loyola University of Chicago in 1975.  Her field-study trips to Africa, Cuba, Mexico, Haiti - and nationally at the Katherine Dunham Institute of Intercultural Studies (1995-2006) and Jacob's Pillow (1996/1999) - have influenced her methodology.  Ms. Daiter is a licensed Teacher of Dance in New York State and has taught contemporary (modern/jazz), classical ballet, and Afro-Caribbean for the New York City Department of Education public school system (5th-12th grade), Borough of Manhattan City College, City College, Long Island University, Hofstra University, and Movement for Actors in the Graduate Acting Department at Tisch School of the Arts.  She is certified to teach the Zena Rommett Floor Barre Technique, the Method and Mat work of Joseph Pilates, and the technique of Katherine Dunham.  Her choreography credits include: The Haitian-American Academy of Ballet & Arts in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Mixing Percussion Multimedia and Modern Dance w/Enrique Castro, Avant/Apres le Deluge-18th Century and Postmodern Baroque, The Prince of Haiti/King of Paris (opera/musical), Seven Guitars, Blues for An Alabama Sky, Wedding Band, Many Colors Make the ThunderKing, Woza Albert, Crumbs From the Table of Joy, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The Black Picture Show, Heliotrope Bouquet, The New York Baroque Dance Company, The Dallas Black Dance Theater, The Artists' Collective in Hartford, Conn., the 92nd St. Y Harkness Dance Center, The Summer In The Square Dance Festival@ Union Square Park,  Bard College for The 1999 Humanities Teachers' Institute, the Park West Dance Theater, BAM/Majestic Theater, The Institute of Intercultural Studies/Katherine Dunham Seminar.  Learn more at http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/dance

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