Applegate Dance Company 20th Anniversary
June 28 to July 1, 2012
In the past 19 years Applegate Dance Company mesmerized it’s audience with collages of short pieces celebrating dance from exotic countries and of artistic styles, and with grand performances of the Cinderella,…
June 28 to July 1, 2012
In the past 19 years Applegate Dance Company mesmerized it’s audience with collages of short pieces celebrating dance from exotic countries and of artistic styles, and with grand performances of the Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Firebird Ballets at the 500 seat Richard Brunelle Theater. This year, in celebration of the Company’s 20th anniversary, director Lisa Applegate-Zimanyi has decided to take the company back to its roots, returning to the Veteran’s Memorial Theater to create a fast-paced, captivating collage of an evening of new works. “It will be an explosion of choreographic creativity”, says Applegate-Zimanyi. Driven by the Company’s philosophy dancers themselves contribute to the process of creation. “The focus on creating new works with our young dancers is refreshing and exhilarating”, says Applegate.
One of the new pieces, the “ Penumbra Fire Dance” is sure to be a feast for the eyes. The story of this dance started in the 2010, when Applegate-Zimanyi and costume designer Rebecca Wendlandt designed a fantasy costume of a magical bird, the “Flirty Phoenix” that came to life in the dark under mystical black lights. Applegate and Wendlandt entered the costume into the WOW festival. The “World of Wearable Arts” is the world’s largest wearable arts festival and is held in Wellington New Zealand. Dancers of the festival wore the Phoenix costume on the elaborate main stage in front of five thousand guests each night of the month long festival. The costume was then retained in the museum of the WOW festival in New Zealand and returned home only recently. The mystical world of the Phoenix exploring a jungle of a cavalcade of colors and full of secrets is the backbone of the Company’s next grand project, the full-evening show “Penumbra”. The “Penumbra Fire Dance” is the first glimpse into the enchanted world of the Phoenix. This dance benefited from the choreography of Company alumna Marian Chaney and long time Company dancer-choreographer Sonja Brodt. Another treat of this Juneʼs performance is a Harry Potter dance choreographed by student choreographers Ana Christina Kyle and Chloe Clouse. Other novelty dances include a playful recreation of a 1940ʼs era newspaper Editorial office, a folk dance from a Russian village, and a re-enactment of the stylish and liberated 60ʼs inspired by the peerless Bob Fosse. "We transcend the usual dance school recitals. Instead, we aim to stage highly entertaining community events that both our dancers and the public enjoy very much”, says Applegate-Zimanyi.
The ultimate piece of the show, “Ocean Floor”, takes us on a 15 minutes under-the-sea journey, where we will be watching the escapades, follies and joyful play of sprightly fish, undulating sea anemones, rippling seaweed, and drifting jelly fish. A creation by Applegate and Chaney, the “Ocean Floor” features a pas de trois by guest artists Rex Wheeler and Oliver Adams of Sacramento Ballet. The artfully elegant Mother of Pearl in the pas de trois is personified by the Company’s own dancers: Davis HS senior Jenny Silva and Dixon HS Senior Alyssa Smith. The show features 75 local dancers from Davis, Woodland, and Dixon, of ages 6 to 40. “In addition to our wonderful cast, “I am particularly excited about all the new costumes designed by Stephanie Baltz and Rebecca Wendlandt, and by the new lighting designs of Mike Johnson, Production Manager of the Chico State Drama Department”, says Applegate-Zimanyi. The expertise and dedication of many others complete the team behind the highly creative show.
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