Fadi J Khoury Dance presents "MUNDO"
Fadi J Khoury Dance
FJK DANCE Presents “MUNDO” at Peter Norton Symphony Space Theater on NOVEMBER 17, 2016 at 7:30 PM
FJK Dance, the contemporary dance company dedicated to fusing different forms of dance, will present “MUNDO” as its annual 2016 Works-In-Progress performance at the Upper West Side’s iconic Peter Norton Symphony Space Theatre on Thursday, November 17, 2016. This one-night-only preview of the dance troupe’s 2017 season featuring live music will showcase the troupe’s creative process and celebrate new artistic collaborations.
During the program FJK Dance will present highlights from three original collaborations and choreographies created by Fadi Khoury. “Fusing the vocabularies of various dance forms -modern, jazz, ballet, folkloric - allows disparate groups to speak to each other through a unified aesthetic,” said Fadi Khoury, Founder and Artistic Director of FJK Dance.
The performance’s repertoire will include:
- Oblivion: A story inspired by the dramatic movement of tango and its sensuality in partnering. Music by Astor Piazzolla played live by cello quartet X4 of MusicTalk, and by Sergei Rachmaninoff played live by classical pianist Jonathan Rondinelli. Costumes are created through a special collaboration with fashion designer (Hervé Pierre) former Creative Director at Carolina Herrera.
- Move: A trio inspired by African rhythms, samba and Arabic percussion. It features Sophia Bogdanova, Latin-American ballroom champion. Music is by Said Mrad incorporating electronic beats with acoustic instruments.
- Mundo: A dance which highlights the joining of Latin American social dancing and folkloric movement. The score includes music by Paco de Lucia and Diego Amador featuring jazz pianist Frank Abenante and his NYC Latin Jazz Ensemble, under the guidance of FA BrandTuning.
Tickets to the performance range from $25-$85, with all proceeds being used to fund FJK Dance’s 2017 New York annual season.
To learn more about MUNDO and purchase tickets to the show, please visit Symphony Space’s website at http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/9430/Dance/fjk-dances-mundo.
About Fadi Khoury
Fadi J. Khoury’s innovative style – both as dancer and choreographer – showcases his life-long immersion in a world of dance forms. He was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and moved to Beirut, Lebanon at age 13, where he started training in classical ballet and dances of Arab culture. He began his professional career at 17, and later joined the Caracalla Dance Theatre, touring the Middle East and North Africa. In 2009 he performed with Caracalla at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Khoury was then awarded a scholarship to further his ballet and modern dance training with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York City. There he collaborated with distinguished choreographers such Gary Pierce, Elisa Monte and Earl Mosley and toured the US and Latin America performing Nejla Yatkin’s dance pieces. Fadi’s multi-cultural background and versatility allowed him to establish a career as lead instructor at the Arthur Murray Dance Center in New York City. From 2009-2013, he placed first in the Top Teacher Awards from Arthur Murray International.In 2014, inspired by a successful collaboration with Sevin Ceviker, he created his own company, where he could continue to refine his distinct, personal style.
About Sevin Ceviker
Sevin Ceviker was born in Istanbul, Turkey. She trained in classical ballet starting at an early age, and while still in conservatory she performed professionally at the Istanbul Opera House. Sevin’s emergence onto the New York dance scene began in 1997, when she received the opportunity to study at the Alvin Ailey School, and where she performed with Sharon Wong. At Marymount Manhattan College, from which she ultimately graduated, she explored an array of dance forms, beginning the eclectic, multi-cultural approach to dance that has since characterized her work. In 2006 Sevin joined the Martha Graham Dance Company where she spent the next six years performing in solo and chorus roles around the world.Currently, in addition to dancing with FJK Dance, Sevin is resident choreographer for Turkish American Repertory Theater and Entertainment (TARTE). She performs community outreach, and is committed to bringing cultures together through dance.
About Frank Abenante
Frank Abenante is MUNDO’s producer and the founder of FA BrandTuning. Before embarking on this musical journey, he was Global Marketing Vice President at InBev, the largest brewing company in the world. Prior to that, he worked as a Senior Marketing Director at Unilever where he led the marketing team for the Latin American region for over ten years. Music has always been Abenante’s passion and in 2015, he resigned his corporate occupation to develop his own music company, FA BrandTuning. Abenante is originally from Venezuela. He and his wife Monica Rincon Abernante are FJK Dance patrons and support the company’s musical expressions.
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