......a note from the Artistic Director
Dear TFDT Friends, Family and Supporters:
As the New Year approaches, and Thanksgiving is upon us, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you , for your unwavering support and contributions over the course of the past season.
Without your assistance, we simply would not be able to achieve our objectives. I'd also like to share some of our past activities with you, and let you know what is on the horizon.
The past six-months have been a whirlwind. The company has experienced tremendous growth in size, repertoire, opportunity and reputation. I am thankful, everyday, for the caliber of dancers with whom I am so fortunate to work. Their steely technique, keen intelligence and professionalism has engendered a hot-bed of creativity and development, that which has not previously been experienced. I am so grateful.
Following our Spring performances, TFDT traveled by invitation, to Poland to perform in the Krakow Nights Festival. A small group of our dancers, performed excerpts from my creation, "Stagioni" for local audiences. Our work was received, ecstatically, by the audiences and presenters, and we are looking forward to returning on a larger-scale in 2014/15. This Fall, we were pleased to receive the news that TFDT has been awarded the Kaatsbaan Upstream Choreographic Residency Award for 2014. In April, 2014, a group of 8 TFDT dancers will join me in Tivoli, NY for the creation of a new work that is sponsored by Kaatsbaan. In residency for one week, I will create a new piece that will premiere with other repertoire at the culmination of the week. Performances are open to the public, so I am hoping that you will join us! Kaatsbaan was founded by ABT-director, Kevin Mckenzie, and former ABT/NDT principal Martine Van Hamel. They have developed a considerable reputation in presenting quality dance and dance-makers. Please visit our (new) website atwww.tfdance.org to receive updates about how to get tickets....and to learn more about our company and activities.
Prior to our departure to Kaatsbaan, I am so very pleased to join Helen Pickett in coordinating and teaching in the workshop she has developed,Choreographic Essentials. Transpiring the week of January 21st-26th in NYC @ Ballet Hispanico, Ms. Pickett has developed a unique, one-of-a-kind learning workshop for the professional dancer and professional aspirant. The program has run with great success in previous seasons with partner choreographers Jorma Elo and Thaddeus Davis, and I am humbled and honored to be joining Ms. Pickett, this season.
Helen is an esteemed professional colleague, and I am proud to say, friend. After an illustrious performing career as a leading dancer with William Forsythe's ,Ballet Frankfurt, she has emerged as one of the leading choreographers in today's dance landscape. While very active with various commissions, she remains committed to the learning development of this generation's dancers. She is an excellent preceptor and teacher, and generously shares her body of knowledge with an infectious spirit. I strongly encourage any dancers that might be reading this, to take the time to learn more about this exceptional development opportunity and come join us! You can find more information on this page, or visit Choreographic Essentials for more info.
Finally, I'd like to share an event with you, so wonderfully orchestrated, produced and conceived of by NYCB-principal, Ashley Bouder. She is a lovely dancer, and human-being, and I so admire her efforts in coordinating this one-time benefit. Please visit New York Artists for the Philippines, now, to learn more.
As many of you know, the Philippines have experienced complete and utter devastation in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. I know that we all empathize, and want to do as much as we can to provide assistance and aid. I am asking that you kindly consider joining us on December 30th, 2013 at MMAC Theater @7pm, as we perform with other NYC dance artists, in order to raise money that will go directly to providing assistance to the people of this country. Featured artists include: James Whiteside and Isabella Boylston of ABT; Ashley Bouder and Lauren King (and others) of NYCB; and dancers from Paul Taylor and Martha Graham....as well as a whole bevy of other talented individuals. We are honored to be a part of this bill, and I really hope that you can attend. If not, kindly consider making a donation. Again, you can learn more about how to get tickets and/or make a donation by visiting New York Artists for the Philippines
Thank you for taking the time to read, and learn more about TFDT. I want to wish all of you a very happy holidays and New Year, and we look forward to seeing you soon.