UNCSA will current the world premiere of a brand new dance movie, “Ready within the Wings,”
by award-winning choreographer Larry Keigwin, commissioned for seniors within the modern
dance program of the School of Dance and filmed in downtown Winston-Salem and on the UNCSA campus.
Keigwin’s choreography has been carried out on distinguished levels together with the Kennedy
Middle, the Joyce Theater, the Guggenheim Museum and New York Metropolis Middle. Celebrated
for creating acclaimed digital works within the COVID-19 world of on-line dance making,
with “Ready within the Wings,” Keigwin units his electrifying and refreshing imaginative and prescient to
new music by New York-based composer and sound designer Curtis Macdonald.
“Ready within the Wings” will premiere in the course of the annual Next/Now Scholarship Benefit, held just about at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 22, and will probably be provided on demand starting
Friday, April 23. The interactive Subsequent/Now profit additionally consists of choices from Broadway
musicals carried out by college students within the School of Drama; a phase from Photona, the School of Design and Production’s multimedia lighting and projection present; William Grant Nonetheless’s “African Dancer”
Suite for Violin and Piano, carried out by college students within the School of Music; and an animated brief movie by college students within the School of Filmmaking.
Tickets to the profit, which incorporates an expertise bundle with unique behind-the-scenes
content material, presents and treats, can be found under.
“Ready within the Wings” will probably be out there at UNCSA On Demand, starting April 23.
Keigwin and the dancers labored on-line utilizing Zoom to create “Ready within the Wings”
in the course of the fall semester, and the choreographer got here to Winston-Salem earlier this
spring to movie it in three places – outdoor at Innovation Quarter and within the dressing
rooms and on the stage of Agnes de Mille Theatre on the UNCSA campus.
The title is a phrase utilized by performers for the interval simply earlier than they enter the
efficiency area, and likewise for people residing in a pandemic, Keigwin mentioned. “’Ready
within the wings’ is absolutely the joy and anticipation of the efficiency. I additionally
assume it’s a pleasant metaphor for our lives now,” he mentioned.
Interim Dean of Dance Jared Redick mentioned, “Larry Keigwin introduced ahead pondering imaginative and prescient and energized optimism to our
dancers and crew together with his masterful path and visually beautiful choreography.
His expertise as a dance maker for movie make him one of many main voices within the digital
area, and the Faculty of Dance is proud to have his unique commissioned piece serve
as a capstone for our graduating class of up to date dancers.”
Larry Keigwin introduced ahead pondering imaginative and prescient and energized optimism to our dancers
and crew together with his masterful path and visually beautiful choreography.
Interim Dean of Dance Jared Redick
The work is a journey by the eyes of a dancer from the road to the dressing
room, to warming up backstage to the complete stage expertise, Keigwin mentioned. “It’s a
journey that the viewers will probably be watching from the attitude of the dancer, however
additionally from the voyeuristic perspective as properly. We’ve been lacking the theater for
the previous yr and I hope that the viewers feels a way of anticipation and pleasure,”
Keigwin has created commissions for skilled corporations, at festivals and with
college students. He mentioned with two months to go earlier than commencement, the UNCSA dancers already
are acting at knowledgeable stage. “I by no means noticed them as college students. They had been like
firm dancers,” he mentioned. “They’ve actually given 100% of their focus. Simply as a lot
as this (Zoom) is a brand new medium for me, it’s for them as properly. They’re on an exploration
and it’s enjoyable to observe that and to be taught along with them.”
Extra about Larry Keigwin
Larry Keigwin is a local New Yorker, choreographer and curator who has danced his
means from the Metropolitan Opera to downtown golf equipment to Broadway and again. He based
Keigwin + Company in 2003 and as creative director, he has led the corporate because it carried out at theaters
and dance festivals all through New York Metropolis and around the globe. Keigwin has created
23 works for Keigwin + Firm, along with the acclaimed large-scale group
mission, “Bolero,” which has been commissioned in 15 communities throughout the nation
and is now being developed as a dance movie, “Bolero Seniors,” directed by Andy Kokoszka.
Commissions embody Paul Taylor’s American Trendy Dance, Royal New Zealand Ballet,
the Martha Graham Dance Firm, New York Choreographic Institute, The Juilliard Faculty,
Vail Worldwide Dance Pageant and plenty of others. His work in musical theater consists of
choreography for the 2011 manufacturing of “Tales of the Metropolis” on the American Conservatory
Theatre in San Francisco, and the off-Broadway manufacturing of “Lease,” for which he
acquired the 2011 Joe A. Callaway Award from the Stage Administrators & Choreographers
Basis. In 2013, Keigwin choreographed the Broadway musical “If/Then,” starring
Idina Menzel. Keigwin has designed and choreographed particular occasions together with Trend’s
Evening Out: The Present in New York, which was produced by Vogue journal and featured
greater than 150 of the business’s high fashions. Keigwin has additionally created “Keigwin Kabaret,”
a fusion of contemporary dance, vaudeville and burlesque introduced by the Public Theater
at Joe’s Pub and by Symphony House.
As COVID-19 has shifted the world of dance making on-line, Keigwin has created acclaimed
digital works in 2020, using the digital platform to have fun artistry and amplify
reference to high-profile commissions from The Juilliard Faculty, Paul Taylor Dance
Firm, Works & Course of on the Guggenheim, and Fireplace Island Dance Pageant. Vogue
heralded “Bolero Juilliard,” which introduced collectively greater than 100 dancers, musicians,
singers, actors, college and alumni, as “One of many 9 Finest Ballets to Come Out of
A devoted educator, Keigwin says his strategy is rooted in fostering college students’ particular person
artistic voices. He’s a extremely sought-after trainer and has labored with college students
at universities and academic establishments nationwide, together with New York College
and California Institute for the Arts, amongst many others. In 2017, Keigwin traveled
to Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, and Tunisia as part of DanceMotion USA, growing instructional
packages and actions that engaged a variety of younger dancers and college students in
As a dancer, Keigwin has danced on the Metropolitan Opera in Doug Varone’s “Le Sacre
Du Printemps” and Julie Taymor’s “The Magic Flute,” along with his work with Mark
Dendy (receiving a Bessie Award in 1998 for his efficiency in “Dream Evaluation”),
Jane Consolation, John Jasperse, Doug Elkins, Zvi Gotheiner and David Rousseve. He appeared
within the Broadway present “Dance of the Vampires,” the off-Broadway present “The Wild Occasion”
and Julie Taymor’s Oscar-nominated movie “Throughout the Universe.”
He’s the director of dance and a co-founder of the Inexperienced Field Arts Pageant in Inexperienced
Mountain Falls, Colorado, a multidisciplinary pageant designed to extend cultural
alternatives within the area. Keigwin can be the dance editor of ArtDesk, a quarterly
publication dedicated to modern artwork, dance, efficiency and thought.
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