Friday, July 31, 2009

60x60 Dance @ Galapagos, NYC (4/7/09) [Drake/Belman]

Number 4 from 10 Etudes for Balloon
Music: Aaron Drake
Dance: Rodger Belman

Aaron Drake is a composer based in Los Angeles, California. He began studying piano at age five and has a rounded repertoire of classical and modern music. Drake earned his BM in Composition from San Francisco State University and studied at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Trossingen, Germany. Drake also engages in interdisciplinary projects such as kinetic sculpture, sound installation and video. 10 Etudes for Balloon explores virtuosic balloon playing techniques. Like other Etudes, each balloon etude employs at least one technical or compositional gimmick. Etudes may be performed on any balloon, regardless of size or color.

Rodger Belman, choreographer, teacher, performer and reconstructor of Laura Deanâs masterworks; performed with Laura Dean Musicians and Dancers, Twyla Tharp, Joy Kellman, Freefall, Kristin Jackson among others; choreography recently seen at Kumble Theater, American Dance Festival (ADF), Peck Mainstage Theatre-Milwaukee and throughout North Carolina with NC Dance Festival Tour 2007; NYC area venues include Dixon Place, Dance Space (DNA), Solo Arts Group, Rose Gallery, Sony Plaza, McBurney Chelsea Center; restaged Laura Deanâs masterworks for universities throughout US and for ADF Past/Forward Program; Assistant Professor at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus; faculty at ADF Six Week School; MFA-University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Dancers: Anjuli Bhattacharyya and Kate McCusker

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