CCM’s Dance Division will present its final concert of the 2011-12 performance season May 25-27 in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. The concert will display a wide variety of styles, ranging from traditional ballet to brand new choreography, showcasing the talents of students, faculty and special guest artists with live accompaniment provided by CCM’s Concert Orchestra.
CCM Dance is constantly innovating and presenting new choreography, and this spring’s program will feature three new works. With choreography by Dance Division Head Shellie Cash and music by Manuel de Falla, El Amor Brujo delivers a fiery Spanish ballet in one act. Associate Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer for the Alabama Ballet Roger Van Flereten joins CCM Dance as a guest choreographer for a virtuosic showpiece to Serenade for Strings in E Major by Antonín Dvorák. CCM’s Associate Professor of Dance Michael Tevlin offers a new work, Time Piece, to Aaron Copland’s Music for the Theatre.
The program will also feature Act II from La Sylphide with music by Herman Severin Lovenskiold restaged by Artist-in-Residence Vivi Flindt of the Royal Danish Ballet. This dreamy, traditional romantic “white ballet” from the repertoire of Danish balletmaster August Bournonville (1836) epitomizes the ideology of the time, bringing to life through music and dance the duality of realism juxtaposed to the realm of fantasy.
Note: Saturday matinee performance features recorded music only.
About Roger Van Fleteren
Roger Van Fleteren began his training at the age of 12 with Charmaine Shick. Van Fleteren is a former American Ballet Theater soloist and performed as a principal dancer with the London City Ballet. He has performed in repertoire by Kenneth MacMillan, Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, Mikhail Baryshnikov and danced the title role in Agnes Demille’s last ballet, The Other. Van Fleteren began his career at Alabama Ballet with Wes Chapman in 1996 as Ballet Master and Resident Choreographer. His original choreography for Alabama Ballet includes Romeo and Juliet, Dracula, Swan Lake, Cinderella and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. His original world premieres, Bach Variations and Be Major are two Panoply award winning works. His work, Concert Fantasy, premiered in March 2006, and was underwritten by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. In 2006, Alabama Public Television’s documentary on Alabama Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet was nominated for a Regional Emmy Award.
Van Fleteren was named an official ambassador for Alabama’s 2007 Year of the Arts. He worked with John McFall and the Atlanta Ballet in 2007. He was appointed Alabama Ballet Associate Artistic Director in 2008 and served as guest teacher with American Ballet Theatre II. In 2009, he choreographed Messin’ with Mozart for Alabama Ballet and choreographed for American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive Program where he was a guest teacher. Van Fleteren was commissioned to choreograph for ABT II in the fall of 2009.
About Vivi Flindt
Vivi Flindt was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and studied at the Royal Danish Ballet School. She then joined the company, making her debut in 1965 and being promoted to soloist in 1967. Her teachers included Hans Brenå, Erik Bruhn, Vera Volkova, Stanley Williams, Edite Frandsen and Toni Lander. Flindt performed dozens of leading roles with the Royal Danish Ballet. She has toured all over the world with both the Royal Danish Ballet and Rudolph Nureyev. Her stagings include Coppelia, Swan Lake (Act II), The Nutcracker, Summerdances and many more. Managerial positions and assignments have included Co-Artistic Director for Flindt Ballet Theater in Copenhagen, Faculty Chairman of the Dallas Ballet Academy, Ballet Mistress with the Royal Danish Ballet and Artistic Director for Bartholin International Ballet Seminar. Flindt presently works as a choreographer and recently worked with the Ballet San Jose on their 2008 production of The Toreador using the Bournonville method.
Flindt has earned numerous honors and grants, including the Betty Nansen Grant (1969), the Läkerol Cultural Prize (1971), the Tagea Brandt Grant for Female Artists (1974), the Ikea Cultural Prize (1979), the Press Photographer’s Favorite Subject Award (1979), the Balletmaster Hans Beck Memorial Grant (1999) and the Vibeke Rørvigs Grant (2008). She was knighted with the Order of Dannebrog in 1975. For more information on Artist-in-Residence Vivi Flindt, visit www.bournonville.dk/about/artistic-director.
- 8 p.m. Friday, May 25
- 2* & 8 p.m. Saturday, May 26
- 2 p.m. Sunday, May 27
*Saturday matinee performance features recorded music only.
Corbett Auditorium, College-Conservatory of Music
University of Cincinnati
Tickets & Parking Information
Tickets to the Spring Dance Concert are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-UC students and free for UC students with valid ID.
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (at the base of Corry Boulevard off of Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus.
For complete ticket and parking information, visit ccm.uc.edu or call the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183.
CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.
The Dance Division gratefully acknowledges the support of The Corbett Endowment at CCM