Christy Bolingbroke Named First Executive/Artistic Director…

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Christy Bolingbroke Named First Executive/Artistic Director of
New National Center for Choreography Located at The University of Akron

AKRON, Ohio (August 3, 2016) – The new National Center for Choreography located at The University of Akron (NCCAkron) took a major step forward today with the hiring of veteran dance administrator Christy Bolingbroke as the first Executive/Artistic Director. Launched last year with lead funding from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the center will provide the country’s dance makers with the time, space, production technology, and financial resources to create new work.

The center’s Board of Directors announced the hiring after a national search for the position. Kristy Edmunds, a former member of the NCCAkron board and chair of the search committee, says that Bolingbroke stood out for her infectious enthusiasm and thoughtful strategies for how the center will advance the field of dance and the work of dance makers. “Her multifaceted professional experiences, regional awareness and vision for carving a bold path for the center to fulfill its vision and potential made her the ideal person for the job,” said Edmunds, Executive and Artistic Director, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.

The center’s Board President and search committee member Pamela Young, Executive Director of DANCECleveland and early proponent of the new center, says that Bolingbroke’s credentials are an excellent fit for the center and its mission. “We had an amazing slate of highly qualified candidates but, in the end, Christy’s intelligence and experience bubbled up to a unanimous endorsement by the committee.”

Bolingbroke, who will provide both artistic and administrative leadership for this new creative center, says she is honored by the opportunity. “I’m excited that I’ll be on the ground in Akron this September to open our office on the UA campus. The first of our residencies will be in 2017. In the meantime, I look forward to learning more about the Northeast Ohio community and digging deeper into the needs of dance makers across the country. Ultimately, we have an opportunity to impact the future of dance and make creative residencies transformational for the artist and the art form.”

The center, a stand-alone non-profit organization established with $5 million from Knight Foundation, is expected to conduct approximately six choreographic research and development-based residencies in dance annually. Participants for each project will be selected through a competitive curatorial process.

Housed at The University of Akron’s School of Dance, Theater and Arts Administration, each project will have prioritized access to studio, theater and performance spaces, including E.J. Thomas Hall, as well as office space. When fully launched, the Center is expected to operate with a staff of three and an annual budget of approximately $500,000.

Bolingbroke most recently was the Deputy Director for Advancement at San Francisco-based ODC (founded at Oberlin College in Ohio in 1971 as the Oberlin Dance Collective). In that position she oversaw curation and performance programming, managed marketing and development campus-wide, directed a unique three-year artist in residence program for dance artists, and mentored emerging arts administrators.

She was formerly the director of marketing for the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn where she increased touring ticket sales worldwide and activated Access/MMDG events in major hub cities nationally. The Access/MMDG program uses custom-tailored arts and humanities-based activities to deepen and enhance the audience experience.

Bolingbroke has a B.A. in Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles, is a graduate of the DeVos Institute for Arts Management Fellowships Program (previously at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC), Arts & Business Council of New York’s Arts Leadership Institute, and a certificate holder from the Institute of Curatorial Practice in performance. Her board and community service began with the Dance Resource Center of Greater Los Angeles and continued most recently with California Presenters. She is a current masters candidate at Wesleyan University.

The NCCAkron Board of Directors includes Jennifer Calienes, Content Curator, Urban Bush Women and Founding Director of the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University (the only other national center for choreography in the country); John Michael Schert, former dancer and University of Chicago Booth School of Business inaugural Visiting Artist and Social Entrepreneur; and Young. The University of Akron will name two board members in the near future.

NCCAkron exists to support the research and development of new work in dance by exploring the full potential of the creative process; serving as a catalyst for artistic, cultural and community advancement and enrichment; and strengthening the national dance ecosystem as an anchor development space for dance.

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Daniel Nevers as the Center for Cultural Innovation’s new Program Director for the Bay Area

Press Release

For Immediate Release: August 8, 2016
Contact: Lauren Bailey
(213) 687-8577


San Francisco—Center for Cultural Innovation announced that Daniel Nevers will be the Program Director of Center for Cultural Innovation’s Bay Area office effective as of August 8, 2016. In this role, he will manage CCI’s Bay Area regranting and training programs, including the statewide Creative Capacity Fund and the Arts Leaders portfolios, as well as support field-building initiatives, such as CCI’s statewide Creative Industries Incentive Network and the rollout of CCI and the National Endowment for the Arts’ yearlong research on the state of artists’ support systems.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Center for Cultural Innovation as its Program Director for the Bay Area office,” said Nevers. “I look forward to supporting local artists through CCI’s innovative professional development and funding programs, and working with the broader creative and philanthropic communities to develop new approaches that put artists on a path toward sustainability.”

Daniel Nevers comes to CCI from Rhythmix Cultural Works where he was the Associate Director. He is an artist and educator with more than 15 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, primarily in the areas of communications, fundraising, and strategic planning. He has held senior positions at educational institutions, social justice media nonprofits, and community-based arts organizations, as well as consulting on independent projects for museums and other visual arts groups. Nevers has taught studio art and professional practices for artists at the University of California, Berkeley, California College of the Arts, and Mills College. His work has been exhibited locally at Headlands Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, Root Division and the San Francisco Arts Commission. He served a three-year term on the curatorial committee at Southern Exposure and completed training to become a professional coach in 2009. Nevers holds an MFA from Mills College and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

“Daniel’s experience, work as a practicing artist, and kinship on issues of equitable support systems are welcome assets in CCI’s efforts to help the broadest spectrum of artists and their artistic practices achieve sustainability, productivity, and impact,” said Angie Kim, President and CEO.

About the Center for Cultural Innovation

Center for Cultural Innovation promotes knowledge sharing, networking and financial independence for individual artists and creative entrepreneurs by providing business training, grants and incubating innovative projects that create new program knowledge, tools and practices for artists in the field.

For more information about CCI, please visit or call (213) 687-8577.


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Doris Duke Announces its 2016 Award Recipients

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) and Creative Capital are pleased to announce the recipients of the fifth annual Doris Duke Artist Awards. Appointed in recognition of their creative vitality and ongoing contributions to the fields of dance, jazz and theater, awardees will each receive $275,000 in flexible, multi-year funding as well as financial and legal counseling, professional development activities and peer-to-peer learning opportunities provided by Creative Capital, DDCF’s primary partner in the awards.

The 38th Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

June 3 – 19, 2016

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
San Francisco City Hall

“I often wish that New York had a festival to match San Francisco’s annual Ethnic
Dance Festival…” –Alastair Macaulay, New York Times

The celebrated San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival returns to the Palace of Fine Arts in June for three weekends of awe-inspiring performances from more than 20 world cultures, including 12 World Premieres and two North American Premieres.

Each weekend’s program is different, and features performances by nine to ten extraordinary Bay Area dance companies, 12 of them making their Festival debuts.

This year’s Festival features dances from Bolivia, Cambodia, China, the Congo, Egypt, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Nicaragua, Okinawa, Peru, the Philippines, Scotland, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Tajikistan, and the United States.

Visit to see the full performance schedule and to buy tickets.

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The Patchwork Girl of Oz, a dance/multimedia/narrated family work based on the L. Frank Baum book

Louise Reichlin/LA Choreographers & Dancers, takes their acclaimed “The Patchwork Girl of Oz” to No Carolina with a new shorter version of the dance/multimedia/narrated family work based on the L. Frank Baum book and then brings it to Mark Taper Auditorium, LA Central Library, for a free performance. It was originally inspired by an exhibit at Central Library in 2000, which celebrated the 100th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.

For these performances Reichlin is creating a shorter version than the 67′ original work. It was requested by the sponsors of the Tryon Children’s Theater Festival, as they wanted it performed twice for their annual “Super Saturday” at the Tryon Fine Arts Center. Adapted from the original children’s classic by L. Frank Baum, creator of “The Wizard of Oz”, “The Patchwork Girl of Oz” has packed houses in 5 states. The magical, modern-day fable brings to life the adventures of Ojo as he goes on a quest to bring his uncle who we see turned into marble, back to life. Along the way he makes new friends, including the marvelously contemporary Patchwork Girl, and learns the importance of working together as part of a community. The multi-ethnic cast performs 10 fantastical dances, woven together with multimedia, music, and narration that help tell the story. Although the original book was written in 1913, its values, emphasizing cooperation, family, friendship, forgiveness, respect for all life and ultimately self-reliance, are still important 100 years later.

Isadora Duncan Archive:

A digital archive of the choreographic legacy of the great modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan, and those who followed after her. Developed as a living legacy by Duncan scholars and practitioners, the website is a constantly evolving and expanding repository featuring historical and scholarly reference materials; artistic and archival collections; repertory lists with music; and videos of choreography which are now easily accessed for a range of educational and informational purposes. We envision that many dancers, researchers, scholars and artists will greatly benefit from the ability to centrally access these materials; and that this effort will further Isadora’s stated intention that her work will be carried on and further developed by others.

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Silicon Valley Ballet Announces International Eight-City Tour to Spain

January 25, 2016
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Silicon Valley Ballet Announces International Eight-City Tour to Spain

Performances in Santander, Madrid, Cuenca, Pamplona, Teatro Breton, Ebro, Leon and Oviedo
January 28-February 15, 2016

San Jose, CA, January 25, 2016: Silicon Valley Ballet (SVB) announces an international eight-city tour to Spain in Santander, Madrid, Cuenca, Pamplona, Teatro Breton, Ebro, Leon, and Oviedo. Under the Artistic Leadership of international ballet icon José Manuel Carreño, the company was invited on the 12-performance tour including an opening performance at the Festival Palace in Santander on January 23rd. SVB was invited to Spain by Solano y Garcia Productions, who is presenting the company. This marks SVB’s first visit to Spain.

“We are thrilled to have this one-of-a-kind experience,” said SVB’s Artistic Director José Manuel Carreño. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the Company to be presented abroad and gain international exposure. We are performing a selection of my favorite works and will bring these pieces back to San Jose for Director’s Choice in mid-February.”

SVB will present four works at each of the performances on the tour: a choice of two Pas de Deux in the classical Cuban, virtuoso style, Glow-Stop (2006) by Jorma Elo, Prism (2014) by international choreographer Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, and Minus 16 (1999) by Israeli choreographer, Ohad Naharin.

The tour programming reflects Mr. Carreño’s personal selection for SVB’s Director’s Choice program, premiering in San Jose, California on February 19-21, 2016. This also represents the first time Mr. Carreño presents his own choreography, with the classical Pas de Deux reflecting his virtuoso Cuban heritage of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba.

SVB Company Performances
January 28, 29, 30, 2016, 8:30 pm and January 31, 6:00 pm: Teatro del Canal, Madrid
February 3, 8:30 pm: Auditorio de Cuenca, Cuenca
February 5, 2016, 8:30 pm: Auditorio Baluarte, Pamplona
February 6, 2016, 8:30 pm: Teatro Breton de los Herrereros, Logroño
February 7, 2016, 8:30 pm: Teatro Apolo, Miranda de Ebro
February 11 and 12, 2016, 9:00 pm: Auditorio de Leon, Leon
February 13, 2016, 8:30 pm: Teatro Campoamor de Oviedo, Oviedo

Program Information
Le Corsaire Pas de Deux
Choreography: José Manuel Carreño after Marius Petipa
Music: Adolphe Adam arranged by Riccardo Drigo
Costumes: José Manuel Carreño and Marina Agabekov

Diana and Acteon Pas de Deux
Choreography: José Manuel Carreño after Marius Petipa
Music: Cesare Pugni
Costumes: José Manuel Carreño and Marina Agabekov

2. GLOW-STOP (2006)
Choreographer: Jorma Elo
Music: Amadeus Mozart and Philip Glass
Lighting: Brad Fields
Costumes: Zack Brown

3. PRISM (2014)
Choreography: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music: Keith Jarrett
Lighting: Clifton Taylor
Costumes: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

4. MINUS 16 (1999)
Choreography: Ohad Naharin
Music: Various Artists
Lighting: Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)
Costumes: Ohad Naharin

Tour Sponsors
SVB gratefully acknowledges the support of Casto Travel and Solano y Garcia Productions.

About Silicon Valley Ballet
SVB is one of the two largest ballet companies in California, with 32 dancers from five continents performing in 21, fully-staged performances of mixed-repertory programs and full-length ballets in downtown San Jose. Artistic Direction is provided by international dance icon, Cuban-born José Manuel Carreño. Among others, SVB presents works approved by the Balanchine Trust, Estate of Roland Petit, and by contemporary choreographers including Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor and Ohad Naharin. Through its strategic partnership with American Ballet Theatre, the Silicon Valley Ballet School trains more than 350 students per year. SVB serves more than 40,000 local students and audience members annually, and has an active community engagement program, offering free dance classes, performances and scholarships to over 3,000 families annually. Silicon Valley Ballet was established in 1986 by Artistic Director Dennis Nahat as San Jose Cleveland Ballet.

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Shannon Atlas
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