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INTERMEZZO Dance Company to perform at Edward Henkel's 'MovementTalks"

by Michelle Brandon
January 28, 2014
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128
(212) 415-5552
INTERMEZZO Dance Company, founded by American Ballet Theatre soloist Craig Salstein, will be featured in Edward Henkel's "MovementTalks: Ballet Looks to the Future and Function of Beauty in Dance" on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8pm. In its second appearance, INTERMEZZO will perform and take part in a panel discussion at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, 1395 Lexington Avenue (between 91st and 92nd Streets), NYC. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased at www.92y.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=96462 or 212.415.5500.

Craig Salstein and choreographers Claudia Schreier and Gemma Bond, together with dancers Kaitlyn Gilliland, Amber Neff, Nadezhda Vostrikov, and Stephen Hanna, explore the role of beauty and how future choreography will be impacted by it. Music for the program will include Beethoven, Schubert, and Dutch composer Douwe Eisenga. How has a dance form created in seventeenth century France emerged as arguably the most adaptable and enduring style of theatrical dance? Despite its rarified origins, ballet has evolved to become relevant and popular all around the world and many contemporary choreographers try their hands at ballet. Is ballet simply about beauty? Is that its strength? What's the difference between prettiness and beauty? How will ballet keep changing in the future?

INTERMEZZO Dance Company , founded by ABT soloist Craig Salstein, seeks to create new works in the genre of classical ballet and provide an environment where dancers and choreographers work together to build repertoire for the future.


Born in Miami, Florida, Craig Salstein began dancing at five years old with Mia Michaels and at age eleven became a student at the Miami City Ballet School. He trained in summer programs at The Joffrey Ballet, the School of American Ballet and at American Ballet Theatre. In 1999 he joined the Miami City Ballet and in 2000 joined American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company. In 2002 he joined the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre and was promoted to Soloist in March 2007. Salstein's repertory with the Company includes Mercutio in "Romeo and Juliet", the first sailor in "Fancy Free", the Bronze Idol in "La Bayadère", the Champion Roper in "Rodeo", Twyla Tharp's "In the Upper Room", Paul Taylor's "Company B", and Mark Morris' "Gong". He created leading roles in Alexi Ratmansky's "Symphony #9" and "The Nutcracker". In 2010 he choreographed for ABT's "Innovative Initiative."

For more information, please visit intermezzodancecompany.org.

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