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Cornish Dance Theater 2012 Fall Concert, Nov. 16 and 17

October 15, 2012

SEATTLE, WA – Cornish Dance Theater, the performing ensemble of the Dance Department at Cornish College of the Arts, is pleased to present its Fall 2012 Concert with choreography by Danielle Agami, Camille A. Brown, Pat Hon, and Wade Madsen.

Cornish Dance Theater Fall 2012 Concert
November 16 at 8 pm
November 17 at 2 pm and 8 pm (2 pm matinee followed by informal Q&A)
Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway Avenue, Seattle
Tickets: $10 general, $5 students, seniors & Cornish alumni

For more information on how to purchase tickets please visit http://www.cornish.edu/events or call 206.726.5066.  For TeenTix ($5 Tickets for ages 13-19) visit http://www.seattlecenter.com/teentix.

About the Performance
The Cornish Dance Theater Fall 2012 Concert features the work of visiting artist Camille A. Brown, guest choreographer Danielle Agami, and Cornish faculty members Pat Hon and Wade Madsen.

New York choreographer Camille A. Brown’s New Second Line pays tribute to the spirit and culture of the people of New Orleans. Commissioned by Reflections Dance Company and excerpted from a larger work, the dance is inspired by the events of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. New Second Line celebrates their perseverance with the spirit and energy characteristic of Brown’s choreography.

Guest choreographer Danielle Agami’s work pushes and pulls her dancers in new directions, stretching them in novel and exciting ways as she continues developing her unique creative voice. Her dance explores the uniquely feminine presence, using a range of movement qualities to span the broad territory this theme encompasses.

Concerto Grosso, choreographed by Cornish faculty Pat Hon, is a joyful celebration. Last staged on Cornish Dance Theater in 2006, this ballet is a riot of color and light-hearted partnering.

Wade Madsen’s Want, created in collaboration with the dancers, features a musical medley evoking the period of the 1960’s. Individual dancers strain against the confines of repression, their sensuality bottled to the breaking point.

The Cornish Dance Theater Fall 2012 Concert is lovingly dedicated to Jesse Jaramillo (1953-2012), a leader of the Seattle dance community for more than 30 years.

Camille A. Brown’s residency at Cornish and the staging of New Second Line on Cornish Dance Theater were made possible by funding from the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation.

Please note: the Saturday, November 17 matinee performance will be followed by an informal question and answer period.

The Choreographers

Danielle Agami
Danielle Agami was born in Israel in 1984 and studied at the High School of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company from 2002-2010. Danielle was the artistic director of Batsheva Dancers Create from 2007-2009, and served as the company’s rehearsal director from 2008-2010. In 2009, Danielle received the Yair Shapira Prize for Excellence in Dance. After eight years with the BatSheva Dance Company, she relocated to New York, where she functioned as senior manager of Gaga U.S.A. Danielle helped thousands of dancers to experience the movement language and adopt Gaga into their lives. Danielle is currently living in Seattle. Her company, Ate9, is to become her first longitudinal project - a discovery of her artistic voice as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher.

Camille A. Brown
Camille A. Brown is a Princess Grace Award Winning Choreographer, the 2012 recipient of The Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award (Wesleyan University), and City College of New York’s Women & Culture Award. She has choreographed works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco, Ailey II, Hubbard Street II, and Ballet Memphis, among others. She received a 2011 Bessie nomination for ‘Outstanding Individual Performance’ in her work, The Evolution Of A Secured Feminine, and a Best Choreography nomination from the Black Arts Alliance for her first work on AAADT, The Groove To Nobody’s Business. She is the choreographer for the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire (2012), and the Off- Broadway show, Soul Doctor. Camille danced with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence from 2001-2007, has performed with AAADT as a guest in 2008 and 2011, and is currently a guest artist with Rennie Harris/Puremovement. Musical credits include: Fortress Of Solitude, Pins & Needles, and House. She graduated from LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, attended The Ailey School, and received her B.F.A. from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  This Fall she is creating works for Complexions and The Juilliard School.

Patricia Hon
Pat performed extensively for 10 years with ballet companies in France, Austria, Spain, and Germany. In 1983 she received the National Endowment for the Arts’ Choreographic Fellowship and since then has choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Summer Inventions, Singapore Ballet, Ballet Concerto of Miami, Goh Ballet in Canada, Federal Ballet Company of Malaysia, Ballet Petit, and for dancers competing in the International Ballet Competitions in Jackson, Mississippi. Before coming to Cornish in 1978, she taught at the Morelli Studios in New York and in Florence, Italy. Pat began studying ballet at the age of 10 in her native Singapore and continued her studies at Rosella Hightower’s Centre de Danse Classique in France. She also studied Flamenco and Classical Spanish dance in Madrid, Spain, and performed with the foremost Spanish dance company, Antonio and his Ballets of Madrid, before coming to New York to attend the Joffrey School and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She has been teaching for 35 years as Professor in the Dance department at Cornish College of the Arts. Between June and December 2008, Pat was Head of Dance at the School of the Arts, Singapore, where she continues to teach in the summer.

Juel D. Lane (Assistant to Camille A. Brown)
Juel D. Lane is originally from Atlanta, GA and received his BFA from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has toured and performed nationally and internationally with such distinguished choreographers and companies as Ronald K. Brown-Evidence Dance Company (2003-2008), Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company (2002-2003), Soulowork’s Andrea E. Woods and Dancers (2000-2002),  Helen Simoneau Danse, and Camille A. Brown & Dancers. Lane recently choreographed Moments of Dis on Atlanta Ballet, making Lane the first independent Atlanta-based choreographer ever to be commissioned by Atlanta Ballet.  Mr. Lane has assisted Ms. Brown on pieces for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Wade Madsen
Professor Wade Madsen has been teaching in the Seattle area for more than 33 years.  He has taught at Cornish College of the Arts for more than 26 years and premiered nearly 27 dances for Cornish Dance Theater. Wade currently teaches community classes at Velocity Dance Center. He finds new growth and stamina as a teacher with various workshops and performances throughout the country.  This summer, Wade will be teaching for the 30th year at the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop.  Wade has produced and performed his own work with his company Wade Madsen and Dancers in Seattle since 1977.  A former member of the Bill Evans Dance Company and Tandy Beal & Company, Wade has received choreographic grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State, King County, Seattle Arts Commission, Artist’s Trust, and Allied Arts. Most recently he was honored by Velocity Dance Center for his body of work as a choreographer and teacher. He has received the ‘Outstanding Teacher’ award, from Cornish three times over his life at Cornish.  His work has been produced internationally and in Seattle by the Allegro! Dance Festival, Seattle Dance Project, On the Boards, Bumbershoot, Rockhopper Dance, d-9 dance collective, Spectrum, Seattle Opera, and ACT Theater. He has also performed with various dance groups in Seattle, including Spectrum Dance Theater, DanceWorks Northwest, Amy O’Neal, Amy Legendre, and Co-Motion Dance. Wade is currently set to tour with Dayna Hanson in her work Gloria’s Cause.