Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: March 18, 2016

 

Charlotte Dance Festival Presents Maria Caruso's Bodiography Contemporary Ballet

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte, North Carolina, January 13, 2016 - The Charlotte Dance Festival Invests in Contemporary Ballet With an Evening of Work by Maria Caruso and Bodiography on March 18, 2016, at 8pm at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center's Booth Playhouse, 130 North Tryon St. Charlotte, NC. Admission is $18-$35.

 

The show will open with all of Caruso’s regional works, performed by all of the local artists and students, and Bodiography will travel from Pittsburgh to showcase their successful rock ballet set to the sounds of Coldplay.  The contemporary ballet company, made up of eight full time artists and three apprentices, will take the stage to not only represent the embodiment of the ballet within contemporary choreographic structures but that of the pointe shoe.  Caruso’s use of the pointe shoe as a tool to accentuate movement rather than being used to create the movement is something that has long set her apart from other contemporary ballet choreographers.  “I believe that the pointe shoe is an extension of oneself and should be revered in such a way that it accessorizes the vocabulary rather than limits its potential,” Caruso conveys.
 
Caruso’s solo performance at the 2014 Charlotte Dance Festival (CDF) opened her heart, mind, and art to the state of North Carolina.  Returning as the Charlotte Dance Festival Repertory Ensemble choreographer in 2015, she fell in love with the artists in the community as well as the students that she engaged in her master classes.  From there, she began to consider new opportunities for her season ahead after delivering not only a world premiere work with a cast of seven of the regions most talented dancers, but $114,000.00 in scholarship money from La Roche College and Bodiography to students who participated in CEDA.

 

 

 

Since March of 2015, Ms. Caruso has been actively engaged in the Carolinas teaching master classes and/or creating new work for the likes of:  Elon University, Northwest School for the Arts, Winthrop University, and the Open Door Pre-Professional ensemble.  Additionally, she is serving in an advisory capacity to the Charlotte Dance Festival board of directors, offering her insights on growing the non-profit entity.  “Charlotte has become my home away from home.  I adore the artists that I work with here, and I am inspired by their commitment to both dance performance and dance education,” says Caruso.
 
The CDF board’s initial motivation to commission a work from Caruso in 2015, was in large part to explore more traditional ballet vocabulary within the festival’s predominatly contemporary and modern offerings.  The response to Caruso’s movement vocabulary and contemporization of traditional ballet, in her premiere work titled Within the Confines, was extremely positive.  It further prompted the desire for more ballet vocabulary being represtend at the CDF festivals in the future.  Celebrating a decade of success, the 2016 Charlotte Dance Festival, founded by the commited and spirited dance community leader, Caroline Calouche, will present Caruso’s company for a full evening at the Booth Playhouse on Friday, March 18th 2016 at 8pm.

 

 

 

Caruso’s Follow the Light, a 50 minute full-length work set to the sounds of Coldplay, premiered on the Byham stage in February of 2015 to rave reviews.
 
“It was pure dance performed by the company and artists from Bodiography’s college preparatory program. Ms. Caruso’s choreography was at its best when it moved dancers across the stage and had levels of crescendos and stillness.” Sara Bauknecht,
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, February 22, 2015   
 
“Follow the Light came next, a 30-minute group piece for the entire company. The work was a throwback to the many rock ballets Caruso has choreographed in the past. Choosing Coldplay proved to be a wise choice of sound. The group’s music has been described as meditative and lyrical, which suited the lilting style of ballet graciously.
 
The piece had many compelling sections. In one quartet, performed to the song, O, the movement subtly mirrored the lyrics. Lit in a soft blue, two company members joined two preparatory dancers in an airy motif with an angelic feel.
 
Jessica Borowczyk gave a memorable solo to the popular song, The Scientist. She excelled at combining contemporary movement with classical ballet technique. With fluidity through her spine and a deep plié, she seemed to reach every corner of the stage.
 
The group sections were also noteworthy. Caruso used simple choreographic tools, but pulled them together in interesting ways. A canon of movement turned into a strong unison phrase. Circular patterns matched the cyclical nature of the music. Entrances and exits provided a continuity that kept the pace moving forward.”  

Adrienne Totino, Dance Examiner, February 23, 2015

 

 

 

Bodiography has been touring with Follow the Light this season, which is focused on patterns of light and love in our life, and is thrilled to be brining it to Charlotte.  With a combined cast of 30 plus dancers for the entire show, and an array of works by Ms. Caruso, it is truly a performance that is not to be missed.
 
Ms. Caruso and her artists will also be teaching a variety of classes for students at the CEDA workshop as well as distributing 4 scholarships totaling $122,000.00.  Two dance merit scholarships to La Roche College and two partial scholarships for Bodiography’s six-week summer intensive.     
 
Maria Caruso’s Choreographic Background
 
Maria Caruso’s first rock ballet, set to the music of Pearl Jam’s album On Two Legs, catapulted Bodiography Contemporary Ballet’s existence in early 2000.  After 15 years, Bodiography proudly stands on its own two legs and Ms. Caruso’s choreographic and teaching efforts span the globe.  What Caruso began as a performance platform for technically proficient ballet dancers with healthy, athletic bodies that did not fit the stereotypical ballet norm evolved into a multifaceted brand of dance performance, education, wellness, fitness, and social transformation.  Bodiography Contemporary Ballet performers also direct their energies into leadership roles at Bodiography Center for Movement, Bodiography Fitness and Strength Training System, and the Highmark/Blue Cross Blue Shield sponsored Bodiography Dance Movement Therapy System, leaving behind a smaller, finely honed group of exquisitely trained and dedicated dancers to continue Bodiography Contemporary Ballet’s performance legacy while Ms. Caruso travels to share her vision and create new work in new environments.

 

Full Event Information: www.blumenthalarts.org/events-performances/coming-performances/detail/bodiography-follow-the-light

 

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View Related Release: Bodiography Presents Maria Caruso's Unseen, Pittsburgh, January 15-16

 

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Media Contact: Angelina Savage

Email: angelina@bodiographycbc.com

Phone: (724) 822-0887

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Web: www.bodiography.com

 

 Calendar Listing

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Charlotte Dance Festival Presents Bodiography Contemporary Ballet

Event Date: March 18, 2016

Event Time: 8pm

Event Location: Blumenthal Performing Arts Center's Booth Playhouse, 130 North Tryon St. Charlotte, NC

Admission: $18-$35

Full Event Information: www.blumenthalarts.org/events-performances/coming-performances/detail/bodiography-follow-the-light

Web: www.bodiography.com

Contact: Angelina Savage, angelina@bodiographycbc.com, (724) 822-0887

Description: The Charlotte Dance Festival Invests in Contemporary Ballet With an Evening of Work by Maria Caruso and Bodiography on March 18, 2016, at 8pm at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center's Booth Playhouse, 130 North Tryon St. Charlotte, NC. Admission is $18-$35. The show will open with all of Caruso’s regional works, performed by all of the local artists and students, and Bodiography will travel from Pittsburgh to showcase their successful rock ballet set to the sounds of Coldplay.  The contemporary ballet company, made up of eight full time artists and three apprentices, will take the stage to not only represent the embodiment of the ballet within contemporary choreographic structures but that of the pointe shoe.  Caruso’s use of the pointe shoe as a tool to accentuate movement rather than being used to create the movement is something that has long set her apart from other contemporary ballet choreographers.  “I believe that the pointe shoe is an extension of oneself and should be revered in such a way that it accessorizes the vocabulary rather than limits its potential,” Caruso conveys.

 


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