"For truth to tell, dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education: dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with pen- that one must learn how to write." Friedrich Nietzsche
A Postcard from Bradley Shelver, Artistic Director of Steps Repertory Ensemble
Catch The Company At The 35th Battery Dance Festival!
WHO: Steps Repertory Ensemble.
*The ensemble is the resident company of the Steps Beyond Foundation and is in residence at Steps on Broadway.
WHAT: Battery Dance Festival
WHEN: Wednesday, August 17, 2016
WHERE: Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park, 20 Battery Place, New York, NY
Jet Setter Dancer...
It has been a summer of travel. Firstly, I went to Brazil in June for two weeks to teach and lecture for the world modern dance congress. I also had four performances in Rio De Janeiro and in San Paulo; they featured my solo's, Healing Song and And There Were Tongues. I then flew back to New York because the Steps Repertory Ensemble was performing at Brooklyn Summer stage. The following day I flew to Israel to teach at an academy for two weeks, then back to NYC for one day and off to San Francisco to teach and choreograph for the Joffrey summer program. I return on August 6th to start up rehearsals with the Ensemble, start teaching at the Joffrey NYC summer program and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, where I still dance, all in the same week!
On Dance & Diversity...
I think all dancers bring a very unique individuality to the rep and my creative process. Diversity is the fruit of life and therefore for art as well. I love to see how different personalities and body's interpret my work and the work of the other choreographers I hire for the company.
The World Is Over, Do Not Panic...
Steps Repertory Ensemble will be presenting two of my works at the 35th Battery Dance Festival. Le Monde Est Fini, Pas De Panique, was inspired by the constant state of panic humans have been living in since the invention of the media and news. We are always fearing the worst and also allowing ourselves to be driven by the mass hysteria that surrounds us on a daily basis.
The second work, 3114 BCE, is inspired by the hype surrounding the publicized apocalypse that was slated for December 21, 2012. It was in fact the end of a Mayan calendar which lasted 5000 years and started in 3114 BC. The work is a commentary on the idea that perhaps we have not really evolved as humans; we still crave food, procreation, war, survival... The only difference is that now we wear better clothes than our cavemen selves.
About Battery Dance Festival
About Steps Repertory Ensemble
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