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The Traverse City Dance Project brings top-tier professional dance to the City Opera House.
Artistic directors Brent Whitney and Jennifer McQuiston Lott brought together eight artists and three choreographers from across the United States to create and stage two ballets in 17 days.
The company has created two amazing works. The first, a thrilling contemporary dance exploration into Henry Purcell’s tragic 17th-centruy opera Dido & Aeneus. This piece is choreographed by Jennifer McQuiston Lott, Brent Whitney and guest artist Nicola Conraths. Local musicians provide the score led by Steve Larson, Matthew Schlomer, Son Lux, and features the Accidentals.
Gerald Arpino’s classic masterwork Birthday Variations, complete with pointe shoes and tutus balances the double bill. Staged by former Joffrey Ballet dancer and director of Dance at Interlochen Arts Academy, Cameron Basden, the ballet is sure to delight all audiences.
Dancers in the 2014 company include Jennifer McQuiston Lott, Brent Whitney, Sarah Atkins, Marcia Hetrick, Seyong Kim, Justin Koertgen, Amy Saunder, Michael Spencer Phillips, Brittany Fridenstine-Keefe, Katelyn Somers and Jeremy Zapanta.
New this year is the company’s apprentice program, a course to mentor talented local dance students in the Traverse City area. Throughout the two-week period, young dancers from three local dance schools including the Interlochen Arts Academy, Dance Arts Academy and Ballet Etc. will be given the opportunity to dance among a professional company, learn and perform advanced repertory and have the chance to perform in the August production.
$20 Advance, $25 at the door, available at the City Opera House box office 231.941.8082 or at www.cityoperahouse.org.