Carlisle, Pa. (December 10, 2012)– The internationally recognized ballet school and performing company, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, is pleased to announce its selection of choreographers for ChoreoPlan 2013. Chosen from an international pool of applicants, four choreographers will spend 13 days (Jan. 7-19) at the CPYB Warehouse Studios in Carlisle creating new works on CPYB dancers. The program will culminate in two public performances at 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday, January 19. Tickets are $5.
Begun in 1998 under the direction of CPYB CEO and Resident Choreographer Alan Hineline, ChoreoPlan creates the opportunity for young, talented choreographers working in the classical genre to refine their skill. The program encourages further development of classical choreography through the establishment of a low-pressure, non-competitive laboratory environment where process trumps product. Artistic directors, dance presenters and the dance community at large are given a single venue in which to view the work of a group of aspiring, talented choreographers. In addition, Southcentral Pennsylvania audiences have the opportunity to be educated in the "how to’s" of viewing new works, which in return increases the size of the audiences for CPYB's repertory performances.
Past ChoreoPlan participants Kathryn Posin, Christopher Stowell, Amy Seiwert, Matthew Neenan, and Avichai Scher continue to have an important impact in the dance world.
Former Boston Ballet principal dancer and CPYB faculty Laszlo Berdo has directed the program since 2011.
The four choreographers selected by CPYB Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary and Berdo are:
- David Fernandez: A choreographer, dancer, and ballet teacher based in New York. His most acclaimed choreography, Five Variations on a Theme, was created for New York City Ballet's principal dancer Joaquin De Luz. Fernandez performed with Chicago’s Boitsov Classical Ballet, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Ballet Theatre of Chicago, and in Indiana University’s production of Don Quixote, directed by Susan Jones of the American Ballet Theatre. He had the honor of performing alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov in The Doctor and The Patient at the 2004 Lincoln Center Festival. He teaches at the Central Park Dance studios in New York and at Westport's Academy of Ballet in Connecticut.
Amy Hall Garner: Emerging as one of America’s unique and diverse creative talents this Juilliard School graduate has had the privilege of working with Ann Reinking, the late Gwen Verdon, Susan Stroman, and with Chita Rivera in “Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life.” She has taught at American Ballet Theatre, Broadway Dance Center, LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, and at Rosie O’ Donnell’s Marvel Arts Center. Mrs. Garner is an adjunct professor at NYU’s New Studio on Broadway at Tisch School of the Arts. She is one of the first recipients of the Joffrey Ballet’s Choreography of Color Award, and this past summer, she created a new work, Virtues, for Ailey II.
- Kunal Ranchod: Currently in his final year at Ryerson University’s Theatre School, Ranchod trained at Canada’s National Ballet School, Dansecore School of Dance, and the School of Alberta Ballet. He has choreographed numerous works for Ryerson’s Theatre School in addition to select works for The Sathya Sai Organizations of Canada, Arts York Unionville, and Cadence Bridges Ballet. As a dancer he has had the privilege of working with artists including: Arsenio Andrade, Valerie Calam, Wendy Chiles, Vicki St Denys, Karen Duplisea, Kate Hilliard, James Kudelka, Nadia Potts, and Christopher
- Laura Katz Rizzo: Ballet choreographer, scholar and pedagogue began her ballet training under Hortensia Fonseca at the Maryland Youth Ballet, later studying at the Chicago City Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, and the Houston Ballet. She has performed professionally with Ballet South, the Russian Ballet Theatre of Delaware, the Santa Fe Opera Company, and the Ballet Theatre of New Mexico, and several contemporary and baroque dance companies, including Dance Theatre X, Opus I Contemporary, and Sprezzatura Dance Ensemble. In addition to her faculty position at Temple University, Dr. Rizzo has taught at Mount Holyoke College, Bryn Mawr College, Drexel University, the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, the Dance Theatre of the Southwest, Ballet Theatre of New Mexico, among other institutions.
MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: We invite the media to attend upcoming ChoreoPlan 2013 rehearsals and speak with the choreographers and dancers. For more information, please contact Bonnie Schulte at 717.245.1191 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Coverage opportunities of performances are also available and must be set up through Bonnie Schulte.
About Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Established in 1955 by Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is a nationally and internationally recognized school of classical ballet headquartered in Carlisle, Pa. CPYB’s mission is to inspire, educate and enrich the lives of our students and the region through training in and the performance of classical ballet.
Laszlo Berdo, Director of ChoreoPlan 2013
Former Boston Ballet principal dancer Laszlo Berdo danced professionally with Ballet Austin, Louisville Ballet, and Cincinnati Ballet. As a principal dancer, he danced numerous roles in ballets by Cranko, McMillan, Balanchine, Bournonville, Hynd, and Stevenson. Berdo also excelled in contemporary works by Tharp, Taylor, Feld, Butler, and York. He is honored to be the first to perform the lead role in Cranko’s Eugene Onegin in the United States.
Berdo began his choreographic career in 1993 creating Eternal Being. He participated in ChoreoPlan 2011 in which he created Concertante. Other works include Four Hands, which was performed at the International Ballet Competition and in Biarritz, France, Below Down Under, Sanctuary, Bass Elements, Snow White, Peter Pan, and Carnival of the Animals. Berdo has also staged The Nutcracker for the Eglevsky Ballet and Swan Lake for Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB). Before joining CPYB faculty, Berdo was on the faculty of Boston Conservatory and Harvard University. He teaches in the United States and Europe for ballet companies, summer intensives and colleges.