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DWDT Newsletter - October 2013

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Guest Teacher - September 9 - 13

l.bettencourtLauren Bettencourt, born in Endwell, NY, is currently the ballet director at Progressions Performing Arts dance studio.  She began her dance training at age five under the instruction of Tina Cristina Price.  At age thirteen, she started training the Vaganova technique under Rafael Grigorian.  With him, Miss Bettencourt performed leading roles in The Nutcracker, and Baba Yaga. Lauren went to Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in 2003. There she performed in many works by George Balanchine, Alan Hineline, Richard Cook, and Marcia Dale Weary. Some of her favorites include Serenade, Divertimento #15, and Raymonda Variations by George Balanchine, and Alan Hineline's Twist, Sleepy Hallow, Coppelia, and Concerto in D. In 2006,  she became an apprentice with Ballet Austin where she had the chance to work with many new choreographers and techniques. Miss Bettencourt was part of many original works such as The Monologue Project by Thaddeus Davis, and Ven Pronto by Gina Patterson as well as company works by Stephen Mills, Thang Dao, and Dwight Rhoden. After Ballet Austin, Lauren joined Dominic Walsh Dance Theater in Houston, TX. She has had the opportunity to perform the leading roles in some of Dominic's world premiers such as The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and The Nutcracker. Other pieces she has performed include Walsh's For the Two of You, Romeo and Juliet, Le Spectre de la Rose, Bello, Sleeping Beauty, Titus Andronicus, and I Napoletani

An Evening in Italy

Tonight's the night! DWDT's season opens with An Evening in Italy at the Miller Theater in Houston. Click here to listen to Dominic Walsh talking about it on kuha-fm. We hope to see you there!

Home Again!

nyc_2013_joyce We are back in Houston and still catching our breath from the exhilarating experience of our debut at the Joyce Theater in New York City.  We are so grateful to everyone who supported this trip, to our wonderful artists who were magnificent and to the Joyce Theater for inviting DWDT to be a part of this program.nyc_2013_1 Mark Kappel, Editor of Newsnotes Dance Blog said, "The style of choreography is modern dance that is both uniform and symmetrical -- and also dramatically compelling. The tensions between the principal characters are not hidden below the surface but are amplified in the choreography itself." Read the full review HERE. nyc_2013_2

Meet the Artist: Domenico Luciano

Domenico Luciano


"And our last artist - (last but certainly not least, as he has contributed to the success of DWDT in unmeasurable ways.)  When I met Domenico in January of 2005, I was taken with his stature and movement quality.  He had such mastery of his classical work and had already worked with world-renowned contemporary choreographers.  Domenico introduced me to Mauro Bigonzetti (Pression) and Pompea Santoro, the assistant to Mats Ek (Pas de Dans).  He also helped us to land the first DWDT Jiří  Kylián ballet, Double You.  The deal was that we could have the ballet if he and I would alternate dancing the role.  Domenico grew by leaps and bounds and was my artistic right arm as we strived for the best we could do and give to DWDT.DomenicoLuciano_2_2_2 He continued to surpass my expectations when I created some heavy acting and darker roles for him like, Titus Andronicus, Mozart, Victor Frankenstein, and my favorite role in Romeo & Juliet, Tybalt.  What he has done in Camille Claudel as Camille's Mother, Rodin and The Waltzers, is equally powerful, and his portrayal of The Swan in Swan Lake is- for me- transcendent. We are thrilled to share that this season he will continue to dance in most of our productions, while dancing as a Soloist with the Colorado Ballet, a company with wonderful dancers and a strong artistic team.  We look forward to his ever developing growth and are so looking forward all he will bring to our NYC performances." ~ Dominic Walsh     Domenico Luciano from Naples, Italy joined Dominic Walsh Dance Theater in 2005. Having made his American debut with Tulsa Ballet in 2004, Mr. Luciano studied at the Teatro di San Carlo Ballet School in Naples Italy, and danced with various companies in Europe as a Principal Dancer including Europadance in France, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Germany, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Teatro Dell’Opera in Rome and Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. His repertoire includes many of the classical principal leads such as Romeo, Paris, and Benvolio in both Sir Kenneth MacMillan and John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet; Paris in Amedeo Amodio’s Romeo & Juliet with Eleonora Abbagnato, Principal Dancer with Paris Opera Ballet; Solor in La Bayadere, The Prince in The Nutcracker, and Albrecht in Giselle, all by Derek Dean; In the Night by Jerome Robbins; Onegin in John Cranko’s Onegin; Roland Petit’s Ma Pavlova with international ballerina Lucia Lacarra; and Don Jose with the National Ballet of China in Carmen.domenico_firebird Mr. Luciano also excels in his contemporary repertoire which includes George Balanchine’s La Valse; Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat and Without Words; Orfeo in Carole Armitage’sOrfeo ed Euridice; and Mauro Bigonzetti’s Mediterranea. Also with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, he performed the American premiere of Bigonzetti’s Pression, Michele Merola’s With Painted Lips, Enrico Morelli’s Funabula, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano’s Dicese, Jirí Kylián’s Double You and 27’52 (gala version), and Mats Ek’s Pas de Dans. Dominic Walsh has created many roles especially for Mr. Luciano including Clair de Lune, Le Spectre de la Rose, Desire in Sleeping Beauty, Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, I Napoletani, Terminus and the title roles in Titus Andronicusand The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for which he also designed the costumes. Since 2005, Mr. Luciano has danced in all of the company’s tours to Mexico, Italy, Spain, Greece, Romania, Florida, New York, Iowa, and Kansas. In 2003, he received the Leonide Massine award in Positano, Italy as Best Male Dancer of the Year and in October 2008, he was named “Best Dancer” by the Houston Press. He also made his choreographic debut in 2008, co-creating The Nutcracker with Mr. Walsh for Ballet Quad Cities. More recently, he performed Mr. Walsh’s tour de force The Firebird with Paris Opera Étoile Marie-Agnès Gillot, Victor Frankenstein, and Time out of Line. Mr. Luciano was named one of 12 Standout performers in 2009 by Pointe Magazine for his portrayal of the White Swan in the White Swan pas de deux from Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, and he also received the “Young Italian Talent Award” in Florence, Italy in 2010.domenico_clairdelune

Meet the Artists: Lachezar & Maximilian

We are busy preparing for our debut in August at The Joyce in NYC and aside from the excitement of heading to the Big Apple we are so thrilled with the artists that will be joining us. So for the next few weeks we will be posting updates about these esteemed artists of DWDT dancing at the Joyce! Today we bring you Lachezar Kostov and Maxmillan Isaacson.

Lachezar Kostov

Hailed for the “awesome purity of his playing” and described as a “prodigiously skilled protagonist”, Bulgarian cellist Lachezar Kostov has performed as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in USA, Japan and Europe. In 2006 Mr. Kostov was the National Winner at the MTNA competition. Lachezar Kostov gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 together with his longtime friend and chamber music collaborator pianist Viktor Valkov. Their first commercial CD was released by NAXOS in 2011 and includes the complete music for cello and piano by Nikolai Roslavets. In 2011 the Kostov-Valkov Duo won the Grand Prix and all special prizes at the Liszt-Garrison Competition in Baltimore. Mr. Kostov is currently pursuing DMA degree at Rice University. He holds diplomas from Yale University, NCSA and the National Music Academy in Bulgaria. Highlights of the 2012-2013 season include solo appearance at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, and a performance of Prokofiev’s “Sinfonia Concertante” with the Shepherd School of Music Orchestra as well as multiple appearances in New York, Houston, Baltimore and San Francisco.   lachezar_kostov_290x311                     lachezar_camille             "Lachezar has contributed such elegance and yearning to the Camille Claudel production.  His presence is strong and stoic as the biographer in the the opening scene, then he becomes our impassioned narrator as he serenades our enlivened sculptures.  The scores created by Kinley Lange, are suggestions at times where the Cellist must interpret and color the score.  I have always loved how Lachezar has delivered these wonderful solos and am really thrilled he will join us in New York." ~ Dominic Walsh

Maximilian Isaacson

Max started his dance training at the age of eight at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts under Lynette Mason Gregg and Luis Fuente in Webster, Texas.  In 2010 Max attended the JKO School at American Ballet Theater under full scholarship. Max has just finished his first season with the Orlando Ballet II dancing in various productions including Vampire’s Ball and The Nutcracker. This is his first season with the Orlando Ballet.  Max has recently been training with Dominic Walsh and Domenico Luciano and is thrilled to perform with DWDT for their New York City, Joyce Theater debut. max_isaacson_290x292                   max_isaacson_280x386   "Max has just started training with us this May and he has been a joy to work with.  He is diligent and serious about the work and his quest for information and improvement.  This is a great gift as a teacher such as myself.  His positive attitude and charming smile brings out my love of coaching and the exchange is so satisfying.  Ben Stevenson used to say rehearsal is like a game of tennis, it's no fun if the person on the other side of the net doesn't hit the ball back to you.  He would say I was always there to hit the ball back to him, and I think Max is one of these dancers.  He will be making his debut as Orefaun in "Afternoon of a Faun" and I'm looking forward to his development in the role." ~ Dominic Walsh

Meet the Artists: Danielle & Nancy

We are busy preparing for our debut in August at The Joyce in NYC and aside from the excitement of heading to the Big Apple we are so thrilled with the artists that will be joining us. So for the next few weeks we will be posting updates about these esteemed artists of DWDT dancing at the Joyce! Today we bring you Danielle Brown and Nancy Curtis.

Danielle Brown

Danielle Brown grew up in Libertyville IL. where she started her dance training at the Dance Academy of Libertyville.  She then continued her training at the North Carolina School of the Arts where she graduated from high school in 2004.  Her professional career began as an apprentice for Ballet Austin where she spent two years. She then danced with Nashville Ballet  for a year before joining Sarasota Ballet in 2007.  She was promoted to soloist in 2009 and principal in 2010.  During her time at Sarasota Ballet under the direction of Iain Webb and with Dominic Walsh as resident choreographer, she has had the chance to dance in a number of Dominic's ballet, some of which include featured roles in Camille Claudel, Bello, I Napoletani, Dying Swan, For the Two of You, and Duo.danielle_brown_300x218           daniell_brown_300x285I first met Danielle in 2007, during her first month with the Sarasota Ballet.  I was instantly taken her natural movement quality, and although now we may   think of Danielle as the refined and elegant Principal Dancer, it was her comedic charm in the 3rd movement of "Wolfgang for Webb" that really got my attention.   Danielle has danced the featured and leading roles in many of my works, including "The Trilogy, I Napoletani, Bello, Time Out of Line, The Dying Swan, For the Two of You, Duo", and in September 2012 made her powerful debut in the title role of  "Camille Claudel."  Dani is dedicated, thoughtful, humble and determined, a versatile artist and actor, forever growing and improving in each work she takes on.  I'm thrilled to have Dani make her NYC debut in our "Camille Claudel." ~ Dominic Walsh  

Nancy Curtis

Houston soprano Nancy Curtis enjoys a multifaceted career as a singer of opera, symphonic repertoire, and recitals.   Nancy’s commitment to her artistry has drawn praise from colleagues, audiences, and critics alike, and she is in demand as a vocalist and teacher. Hailed as a "stand-out", Ms. Curtis has been featured with opera companies including the Virginia Opera, Houston Grand Opera, the New York City Opera, the Tulsa Opera, and the Lyric Opera of San Antonio, and has been presented as the soprano soloist for the Austin Symphony, the Maryland Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Arkansas Symphony, the Santa Fe Symphony, and the Tulsa Philharmonic and Ballet.   As a winner of the prestigious Enrico Caruso International Vocal Competition, Nancy was invited to sing concerts throughout Italy including an appearance at the famed opera house, La Scala.  Ms. Curtis lives in Houston with her husband Ryan and two sons, Ashton and R.J.   nancy_curtis_300x285           nancy_curtis_camille Nancy created the role "Soprano" in our Camille Claudel production for our debut in May of 2012, also considered the aged Camille.  When storyboarding the production I wanted to show a Camille expressing her story through the Purcell's aria, Dido's Lament, from Dido and Aeneas.  I new I needed a Soprano who could deliver the aria with technique, passion, and poignant phrasing.  I found just this jewel in Nancy and I'm so honored to have her as a vital part of this production.  When we rehearse this scene in the studio we are mesmerized by Nancy's divine consistency and treated to the goosebumps she undoubtedly provides us each and every time.  I'm so pleased she will be joining us once again for our Joyce Theater debut. ~ Dominic Walsh

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