World premiere choreographies staged in NWSA's High School Spring Dance Concert

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High School Spring dance Concert
Boasts world premiere choreographies
Alongside Martha Graham’s Acts of Light


  NWSA dance students Gentry George, Benika Grant, Shasa Nunez, Ben Bailey.


 
MIAMI--- A stirring dance concert is set to dazzle audiences as 85 high school students from New World School of the Arts present their spring concert, announced Daniel Lewis, dean of dance. With five dance pieces by NWSA and guest choreographers, the show will be dedicated to the memory of Daniel Nagrin. The four-day presentation begins at 7:30 PM on Thursday, May 14 with additional shows on May 15, 16 at 7:30 PM. Sunday, May 17 at 2:00 PM. New World Dance Theater. 25 NE 2nd Street, downtown Miami.
The works to be presented are World Premier A Green Apple, by Lara Murphy. Inspired by the quote, "The self is simply our work of art, fiction created by the brain in order to make sense of its own disunity," (Jonah Lehrer, science writer), this production is an abstract look at the perception of self.  It was created for the talents of the 16 remarkable dancers of the NWSA high school senior class. Doubting Thomas, another World Premier created for the Junior class by Darshan Singh Bhuller, is inspired by a painting by Italian Baroque master Caravaggio "The Incredulity of Saint Thomas." According to St John's Gospel, Thomas missed one of Christ's appearances to the Apostles after His resurrection. He therefore announced that, unless he could thrust his hand into Christ's side, he would not believe what he had been told. A week later Christ appeared, asked Thomas to reach out his hands to touch Him and said, "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." A third World Premier, Pulse/Progression, choreographed by Ana Gonzalez, explores the relationship between an internal struggle and a release of freedom to move ahead. Also included in the repertoire are North by Northeast, by NWSA’s Gerard Ebitz. The piece is a sinister Ballet Piece inspired by the music from the films of Alfred Hitchcock, master of suspense and Martha Graham’s classic creation Acts of Light.
Born in New York City in 1917, Daniel Nagrin was an American modern dancer, choreographer, teacher, and author. Nagrin studied with Martha Graham, Anna Sokolow, Hanya Holm, and Helen Temiris whom he later married. In addition to work as a modern dancer, Nagrin also performed on Broadway in Plain and Fancy, Up in Central Park, and Annie Get Your Gun, among other musicals. His 1950 dance Dance in the Sun was adapted by filmmaker Shirley Clarke for her 1953 film of the same name. Nagrin's better known choreographic works include "The Peloponnesian War", "Strange Hero", "Man of Action", "Spanish Dance", and "Jazz, Three Ways". Additionally, he choreographed for the 1954 film His Majesty O’Keefe. Nagrin was the author of several books, including How to Dance Forever: Surviving Against the Odds (1988) and Choreography and the Specific Image (2001). Nagrin died on December 29, 2008 in Tempe, Arizona.
General admission to the High School Spring Dance Concert is $12 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Free admission on Thursday, May 14, for NWSA and MDC Students and Faculty with ID. Tickets are available by calling 305-237-3341 or online at nwsa.mdc.edu.  

New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.

For more information about the Dance division at New World School of the Arts, please call 305-237-3582.

Photo caption: NWSA dance students Gentry George, Benika Grant, Shasa Nunez, Ben Bailey.

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