THE NEW YORK CHOREOGRAPHY PROJECT APRIL 2017
Saturday, April 29, 8:00 – reception follows the performance
Sunday, April 30, 4:00
Marian HyunMarian Hyun has studied jazz and ballet in New York with Luigi, Bob Audy, Ed Kresley, Shirley Bassat, Julia Dubno, and wonderful teachers in Paris, France, Susan Sparks and Frédéric Lazzarelli. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she was a freelance writer and a writing instructor at the New School before enrolling in the Dance Education Lab (DEL) at 92nd Street Y. Since then she has taught dance to people of all ages, from two-year-old pre-ballerinas to senior citizen jazz buffs in various New York studios and community centers. She has choreographed for the New York Jazz Choreography Project, Choreographer’s Canvas, the Fridays at Noon Marathon at 92nd Street Y, and the Comedy in Dance Festival at Triskelion Arts. In May 2007 at New Dance Group, Marian produced the first performance of the New York Jazz Choreography Project, a showcase devoted to jazz dance. It sold out. Subsequent performances of the Jazz Project have been produced semiannually by Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc., a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization established in 2007 to promote the creation of original jazz choreography. Marian is the president and co-artistic director of Jazz Choreography Enterprises.
Merete MuenterMerete Muenter is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc. Choreography credits: Off-Broadway – Fiddler on the Roof - In Yiddish (Assistant Choreographer – Director, Joel Grey), The Golden Bride (Chita Rivera Award Nomination), Amerike – The Golden Land, The Megile of Itzik Manger, and Lies My Father Told Me (The National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene), Eddie and the Palaceades (Midtown International Theatre Festival “MITF”), The King of Second Avenue (New Repertory Theatre), South Pacific (Lancaster Opera House), Sherlock Holmes – The Early Years (New York Music Theater Festival). Director/choreographer credits: Chicago, The Who’s Tommy and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Woodstock Playhouse), They Walk Among Us (MITF – Award for Best Choreography), Roar of the Greasepain, Smell of the Crowd (Lancaster Opera House). Assistant Director credits: World AIDS Day Gala (Capetown, South Africa, Jesus Christ Superstar (European Tour – Director, Baayork Lee).
INSPIRATIONAL JAZZ DANCE ARTISTS
We thought you might enjoy seeing some videos of dance artists who influenced and inspired some of our choreographers in this edition of the New York Jazz Choreography Project.
Gregory’s piece in the Jazz Project was inspired by Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in “A Couple of Swells” and Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon in “Who’s Got The Pain.” “‘Falling Into the Current’ was inspired by classic jazz and vaudeville. It’s about two vaudevillian performers who used to be wildly successful, but at this point in their lives, they are completely washed up and homeless. These two people have basically sacrificed their lives for the art of vaudeville and jazz.”
Sue’s inspiration is Jack Cole, who is a founding father of the Classic Jazz Dance style we have today. “He traveled the world and came back with the ‘jazz hand,’ head, shoulder and hip isolations, and rhythmic moves which are used in different countries around the world. When he returned to the USA, he added his classic ballet training with the shoulder, hip and head isolations, jazz hand and other finger movements he had picked up and one of my personal favorites, the hinge!”
Rachel Leigh Dolan
Rachel is influenced by old Hollywood musicals. “Cyd Charisse is a huge influence…in choreographing for a female. Her movement is sexy and classy and captivating.” This video is from “Singin’ in the Rain” featuring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse.
I was actually inspired to make this piece after reading the Neil Simon play, ‘The Sunshine Boys,’ produced in 1972. The play is about the tumultuous relationship of a famous vaudeville comedy duo that reunites after 11 years apart. This Shaw & Lee video below provided additional inspiration and insight into the physicality of the due.
The April 2017 New York Jazz Choreography Project is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Lower Manhattan and beyond.
All of JCE’s programs are made possible in part by support from our sponsor, Salon Ishi.