WELCOME TO IN GOOD COMPANY
Thank you so much for joining us for our latest, dancer-made In Good Company show!
Each year, we turn our winter show over to our incredibly talented and creative company members to set every step, pick the music, costumes and staging, and to craft a charming and clever show for you to experience and enjoy. While this may seem like just a fun idea — which it certainly is — giving dancers chances to make new work and produce an entire show is an incredibly important learning and growing opportunity. By throwing themselves (sometimes literally) into the work on both sides of the stage, they continue to fill their artistic cups and gain valuable professional experience they will carry with them for the rest of their careers and lives — wherever their futures may take them.
Which is why we need you to join us in taking the best possible care of these amazing and dedicated artists. The company is bigger than ever with eleven dancers, and we are committed to providing living-wage salaries and the best possible working conditions. But nothing makes us more proud than the fact that we are now providing them with full, 100% paid medical, dental, and vision insurance. This benefit and safety net has been a goal of ours for years, and we could not be happier to be rewarding, protecting, and nurturing “our family” in this way. However, this significant step comes at a time when operating support funding from many sources is declining significantly and vanishing altogether. And that’s where you come in…
We hope you will support our dancers with your generous year-end tax-deductible contribution. Better yet, show your love for these incredible artists year-round by joining our Sustaining Circle with easy monthly donations! As a special thank you for giving big, donate $300 or more (either as a single gift or a monthly donation of $25 or more) and we will give you our new 2017 NW Dance Project Calendar autographed by all the dancers along with heaps of gratitude and deep appreciation.
Thank you for again being here and thank you for supporting NW Dance Project! Enjoy the show and we will see you in the lobby.
NW DANCE PROJECT
NW DANCE PROJECT WAS FOUNDED IN PORTLAND IN 2004 BY PRINCIPAL DANCER, AWARD-WINNING CHOREOGRAPHER, AND ACCLAIMED DANCE MENTOR SARAH SLIPPER, AND IMMEDIATELY BEGAN MAKING A SPLASH AND A NAME FOR ITSELF BY DOING THINGS A BIT DIFFERENTLY IN DANCE.
Our dedication to providing dancers and dance makers the resources and artistic freedom needed to create and take
new, inspired dance works to the stage led Dance International Magazine to proclaim that we are “changing the way dance is created” and established NW Dance Project as “a laboratory, factory and repository for risk-taking new works from the next generation of choreographers from Europe, and North America.”
NW Dance Project has grown into a world-class contemporary dance company and an international leader in the creation and premiere of significant new contemporary dance works. We commission gifted choreographers from around the world to create on our classically trained yet daring and fearless professional company, giving them full artistic freedom and all the resources needed to bring their artistic drives, inspirations and dreams to fruition and to the stage. With over 200 new dance works created and premiered in Portland to date — more than any other company in the country — NW Dance Project truly is “the ‘it’ company…one of the most dynamic dance troupes in the country” (Oregon Public Broadcasting) and “an essential part of the city’s arts scene” (The Oregonian), with “some of the best dancers you will ever see.” (Calgary Herald) And while Portland gets to experience our works first, the world is watching.
NW Dance Project took the Audience Award at the prestigious 25th annual Hannover Choreographic Competition in Germany in April 2011. Later the same year, we were picked the winner, out of nearly 200 entrants from around the world, of the 2011 Sadler’s Wells Global Dance Contest, and as the winner, enjoyed two sold-out, standing ovation London performances in June 2012 as part of the Cultural Olympiad.
We are so proud that four of our talented company dancers have been awarded the most prestigious award in dance — The Princess Grace Award: Andrea Parson in 2010; Franco Nieto in 2012; Viktor Usov in 2014; and most recently Ching Ching Wong in 2015. Audiences in Oregon, New York, Seattle, Arizona, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, Colorado, Los Angeles, Houston, London, throughout Canada and Germany, and even Mongolia have been similarly wowed by the company’s touring performances. NW Dance Project is proud to represent Portland and further our city’s glowing and growing reputation as a destination for dance and inspired new works of art.
We are equally proud of the work we do in our cherished local community that occurs off the theater stage. Our innovative and interactive Dance Moves outreach program brings free dance classes and workshops to thousands of at-risk and low-income young members of our community each season. Our Arts Access initiative provides numerous fully accessible, professional dance performances locally each season, even drawing a record breaking, 4000-strong crowd to the Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater to experience the company perform select works from our all-original-repertoire.
NW Dance Project is also an extraordinary and comprehensive training center for all dancers. We hold open community classes for adults and youth seven days a week in our beautiful Creative Center at 211 NE 10th Avenue, as well as special opportunities for professional and pre-professional dancers such as our signature LAUNCH project and our esteemed Summer Dance Intensive. NW Dance Project believes in dance. We believe everyone can dance and anyone can appreciate the beauty and power of human movement. We believe that dance can, and should, touch and enrich each and every person’s life. And with tonight’s special performance, we believe you’ll agree.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / SARAH SLIPPER
Sarah Slipper was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, and received her professional training at the Royal Ballet School in London, England and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. In 1980, she made her professional debut with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a corps de ballet member, and became one of the company’s leading dramatic ballerinas. Sarah worked closely with many internationally renowned directors, choreographers and teachers, including Arnold Spohr, Rudi van Dantzig, Hans van Manen, Jirí Kylián, Agnes de Mille, Galina Yordanova, and Alla Savchenko. Sarah was noted for her classical line and dramatic abilities, dancing the principal roles in classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Giselle, and The Nutcracker. In addition to the classical repertoire, she received worldwide acclaim for her performances of contemporary ballets, most notably Nobert Vesak’s The Ecstasy of Rita Joe and the award winning Belong pas de deux. After Sarah left the stage, she continued her passion for music and drama, studying theatre at the honours level at the University of Winnipeg, and in Oxford, England. During the 1996/97 season, she served as ballet mistress of Alberta Ballet, and from 1997/99 as ballet mistress of Oregon Ballet Theatre.
Sarah’s command of classical and contemporary styles is demonstrated in her active role of teaching and coaching younger dancers. As a guest master teacher, Sarah has worked with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Washington Ballet, Ballet Austin, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Jefferson Dancers and the Dance Departments of the University of Utah, Cornish College of the Arts, and the University of Iowa. An award winning independent choreographer, Sarah is presently based in Portland, Oregon, creating dance worldwide. She has worked with prominent dance companies including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Nashville Ballet, Washington Ballet, Ballet Jorgen, Louisville Ballet, BalletNY, Alberta Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, Cornish Dance Theater, NW Dance Project and The Jefferson Dancers. She was awarded the Grand Prize for Choreography at the International Choreographic Competition Saint Sauveur 2000 for her ballet Shattered Night, which was created on the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. During her choreographic residency at Festival des Arts in Quebec, Canada, her ballet A River In A Dry Land, was described by the Montreal Gazette as “one of the finest choreographies produced in residency.” Sarah’s works have been described as “absolutely remarkable… grippingly pits breezy romanticism against a sinister undercurrent.” (The Oregonian) and “…a complete, enclosed world, a somber yet hopeful winter landscape across which the three couples thread in a long, smoothly unfolding skein of dance” (The New York Times). A Fine Balance, her pas de deux created during NW Dance Project’s inaugural season, was a finalist for the prestigious Benois de la Danse award in 2006 and was performed at the Bolshoi Theatre as part of the award’s gala celebration. Sarah is currently working on several new creations and serves as the Artistic Director of NW Dance Project.
TATIANA BARBER is from Los Angeles, California. She began studying dance at age five in the styles of ballet, tap, and jazz techniques and received her training at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA) until she graduated in 2012. Tatiana graduated from Alonzo King Lines Ballet BFA program at Dominican University in May 2016 where she was awarded two Dizzy Feet Foundation scholarships for her 2014–2015 and 2015–2016 years of college. Tatiana has performed works by acclaimed artist such as Ohad Naharin, Aszure Barton, Debbie Allen, Desmond Richardson, Maurya Kerr, and Sidra Bell. She has also performed with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In July 2016 she participated in NW Dance Project’s LAUNCH: 11 project where she worked with choreographers Luca Signoretti and Anton Rudakov.
SAMANTHA CAMPBELL is from Salt Lake City, Utah. She attended the University of Utah as a Ballet major and graduated with a B.F.A. in May 2007. She was a member of Utah Ballet for three years while at the University, danced with Alabama Ballet and danced on scholarship at the Lou Conte Dance Studio (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago). Samantha has danced original roles in NW Dance Project works by Didy Veldman, Lucas Crandall, Sarah Slipper, Donald McKayle, James Canfield, Patrick Delcroix, Wen Wei Wang, Andrea Miller, Pedro Dias, Loni Landon, Benoit- Swan Pouffer, Noam Gagnon, Edgar Zendejas, Maurice Causey, Lauren Edson, Carla Mann and Minh Tran.
WILLIAM COUTURE was born and raised in St. Paul Minnesota, where he attended the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts, and from there went to San Francisco to study at Dominican University of California with LINES ballet. While in college Will traveled as a guest artist to perform with the Southern California Ballet, Santa Rosa Ballet, and LINES ballet. In 2013 Will received a scholarship with the Dizzy Feet Foundation and was invited to perform a solo at their gala event. After graduating in 2015 Will returned to Minnesota to dance with Shapiro and Smith Dance and teach.
KODY JAURON hails from Phoenix, Arizona where he began his formal dance instruction at age 15 with Andrew Needhammer. Shortly after, Kody furthered his pre-professional studies with the Miami City Ballet School and Ballet Austin’s Professional Division Trainee Program where he was honored to become a recipient of the Sarah & Ernest Butler Scholarship. After one year at Ballet Austin, Kody was promoted to an apprentice to the company where he danced for two additional seasons.
Kody has supplemented his training at Lou Conte Dance Studio’s scholarship program, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Springboard Danse Montréal, and most recently at NW Dance Project’s LAUNCH:10. Prior to joining NW Dance Project, Kody danced with DanceWorks Chicago under the tutelage of Julie Nakagawa and has been a featured guest artist with the Ruth Page Civic Ballet, Evansville Ballet, and Salt Creek Ballet. He has had the opportunity to perform works by Aszure Barton, Nelly van Bommel, Thang Dao, James Gregg, Felix Landerer, Joshua Manculich, Jirí Pokorný, Ihsan Rustem, and Yin Yue.
ELIJAH LABAY was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and started training at Ballet Arts Academy in Spokane, Washington. In 2004, Elijah joined Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division and then attended the Fellowship Program at The Ailey School on full scholarship. He received a Professional Advancement Award at Jacob’s Pillow to work with Aszure Barton, Helen Pickett, and Tero Saarinen. In 2009, Elijah joined Florida Dance Theatre directed by Carol Erkes and had the opportunity to choreograph Kaos in Wonderland. Elijah attended NW Dance Project’s LAUNCH:4 project where he worked with choreographers Loni Landon and James Gregg. He was featured in NW Dance Project’s premiere of André Mesquita’s duet, A Short History of Walking, and in other original NW Dance Project works created by Patrick Delcroix, Ihsan Rustem, Lucas Crandall, Pedro Dias, Loni Landon, Sarah Slipper, Noam Gagnon, Olivier Wevers, Carla Mann and Minh Tran.
LINDSEY MCGILL was born in Houston, Texas. She began her formal dance training under Elizabeth and Rosemary Molak in Orange County, California and continued training at the Houston Ballet Academy under the direction of Ben Stevenson, Clara Cravey and Priscilla Nathan Murphy. Since graduating from Houston Ballet Academy, Lindsey has worked with Jane Weiner’s Hope Stone Dance, Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble, iMEE, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, O Dance, NobleMotion Dance, The Next Stage Project, KDNY and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2. She has also had opportunities to dance in projects by a number of independent artists including Jhon R. Stronks, Paola Georgudis, Teresa Chapman, Amy Ell’s Vault and Freneticore. Lindsey participated in NW Dance Project’s LAUNCH:5 project.
FRANCO NIETO — 2012 PRINCESS GRACE AWARD WINNER was born and raised in Vancouver, Washington. Franco was an athlete playing football for seven years before making his choice to dance. Franco began his training at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, and Columbia Dance, later studying under Tracey Durbin as a student and an assistant in Portland. Franco graduated from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a B.F.A. in Jazz in 2009. Franco has danced original roles in NW Dance Project works by Didy Veldman, James Canfield, Sarah Slipper, Luca Veggetti, Pedro Dias, Maurice Causey, Wen Wei Wang, Andrea Miller, Noam Gagnon, Loni Landon and Lauren Edson. In August 2012, Franco was one of only six dancers in the U.S. to win a Princess Grace Award for Dance. Franco received a full page feature in the February 2014 issue of Dance Magazine
ANDREA PARSON — 2010 PRINCESS GRACE AWARD WINNER began her early dance training in Hillsboro, Oregon, at NW Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Anita Mitchell. She received her B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 2008. Andrea has taught dance throughout Oregon and Washington and has participated in workshops with the Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, anoukvandijk dc and the NW Dance Project. She has danced original roles in NW Dance Project works by Patrick Delcroix, Sarah Slipper, James Canfield, Luca Veggetti, Pedro Dias, Ihsan Rustem, Andrea Miller, Aszure Barton, Noam Gagnon, Benoit- Swan Pouffer, Maurice Causey, Lucas Crandall, Wen Wei Wang, Alejandro Cerrudo, Cayetano Soto, Loni Landon, Edgar Zendejas, Carla Mann and Minh Tran. In June 2010, Dance Magazine named Andrea their dancer “On the Rise.” The following month, Andrea received her biggest career honor to date, winning a 2010 Princess Grace Award for Dance and she appeared on the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine in February 2011, which did a feature on her and another on the company.
JULIA RADICK was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from LaGuardia Arts High School and earned her BFA in Dance from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She has also trained at North Carolina School of the Arts, Boston Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and with Batsheva. Julia has danced original works by Nathan Trice, Brunilda Ruiz, James Sutton, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Aszure Barton, and Kate Weare. She was a member of the Yomoco and has performed with Classical Contemporary Ballet Theatre. Julia is a certified Mind Body DancerTM yoga instructor. Julia took part in NW Dance Project’s LAUNCH:7 project.
CHARBEL ROHAYEM began his training at the age of 16 under the direction of Teresa Felix and Trina Araby in Hercules, California. He has participated in summer programs and workshops with the California State Summer School for the Arts, The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, BODYTRAFFIC, Sidra Bell Dance New York’s winter|module, Springboard Danse Montreal (2015–2016), and NW Dance Project’s LAUNCH:11. Charbel attended the Lines Ballet BFA program, where he graduated with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Arts Management in the Spring of 2016. He is a 2011 Herb Alpert Emerging Young Artist, as well as a 2015– 2016 Dizzy Feet Foundation scholarship recipient. Charbel has had the privilege of performing the works of Gregory Dawson, Alex Ketley, Ohad Naharin, Sidra Bell, Anton Rudakov, Arturo Fernandez, Maurya Kerr, Roy Assaf, Luca Signoretti, and Fernando Melo.
CHING CHING WONG — 2015 PRINCESS GRACE AWARD WINNER was born in Manila, Philippines, but since the age of three calls southern California her home. She began her dance training at Allegria Dance Theater under the direction of Alia Harlan. She received her B.F.A.
in Dance Performance and minor in Education and Psychology & Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. During her UCI days, she was a member of Donald McKayle’s Etude Ensemble and also performed works by Jodie Gates, Molly Lynch, Lisa Naugle, Rennie Harris and William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite. Ching Ching participated in NW Dance Project’s LAUNCH:3 & LAUNCH:4 projects, and has danced original roles in new NW Dance Project works by Didy Veldman, Patrick Delcroix, Wen Wei Wang, Ihsan Rustem, Pedro Dias, Lucas Crandall, Loni Landon, Noam Gagnon, James Gregg, Lauren Edson, Tracey Durbin and Minh Tran. Ching Ching has been awarded a 2015 Princess Grace Award in Dance, making her the fourth member in NW Dance Project to receive this coveted honor.