A Glimpse Beyond (2014)
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Thank you to all who participated in the 2014 production of A GLIMPSE BEYOND!
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Featured Performers in the 2014 cast of A Glimpse Beyond:
Fulani Haynes, a returning crowd favorite from the first Glimpse Beyond event in 2012, has an ever-broadening musical/theatrical career spanning 3 decades. The Fulani Haynes Live Experience has shared the stage with recording artists including Frank Wilkins, Patricia Adams, Hakim Law, and Mike Shea. A life-long resident of Boston, Fulani has been seen in the Black Nativity, Roxbury Outreach Shakespeare Experience, Black Folks Theater, Middle Passage, The Strand and Erlick Theaters, several one women shows, and The Wheelock Family Theater where her and her ensemble received rave reviews for “Charlottes Web”, “Macbeth”, “Little Women”, “Alice in Wonderland”, and “Music Man”. Fulani developed a program for children called “Jazz-A-Ma-Toot-Toot” for the Boston Public Schools and various community events to teach young people about the contributions African American women have made world-wide, and the dues they paid as they paved the way for many entertainers today. Visit Fulani’s website to learn more.
Kate Chadbourne is a singer, musician, storyteller, and poet. She holds a Ph.D. in Celtic Languages and Literatures from Harvard where she teaches courses in Irish language and folklore – but the heart of her understanding of Irish folk tradition comes from encounters with singers, storytellers, and great talkers in Ireland. She performs her signature blend of stories, songs, poems, and festivity all over New England, delighting and inspiring audiences at libraries, churches, art centers, and schools. Kate also teaches private lessons in harp, piano, singing, poetry, Irish language, writing, and more through her innovative school, The Bardic Academy. Learn more about her private teaching at www.bardicacademy.com, request a free well-wishing song at www.wellwishingsongs.com, or find out about CD’s, books, and upcoming performances at www.katechadbourne.com.
Earl Lawrence is a music teacher in the Boston Public Schools. He holds an B.M. Degree in Applied Flute from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and a Masters of Music Degree in Music Composition from the Boston Conservatory of Music During the early 70’s at Fisk University he appeared as soloist with such jazz greats as Quincy Jones and the late Duke Ellington. Lawrence is a member of the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra at the New England Conservatory of Music and plays the Contrabass flute, touring France, Ireland and Germany. During the Winter Season, Lawrence plays with the Melrose Symphony Orchestra.
Martin Haroutunian returns by popular demand and this year he returns with his ensemble. A highly regarded musician and a student of Armenian folk music, Martin performs and teaches traditional Armenian wind and percussion instruments, including dap, dhol (kopal), duduk, parkapzuk, pku, shvi, sring (blul), and zurna. Martin has studied at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, Folk Instruments Department under Khachatur Avetisian and Jivan Gasparian. He was a guest artist with the Navasart Armenian Folk Ensemble of Paris, France during their United States tour with performances in Boston, New York, Fresno, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Martin has also toured with the Erebouni and Garni Armenian Folk Ensembles as principal soloist performing at various prestigious international festivals including the Festival of Nations in Albany, New York and the Wolf Trap International Children’s Festival in Vienna, Virginia. He has also has toured with Kurdish folk singer Şivan Perwer. In 2007 Martin was invited to be recorded by Academy Award winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla for a film soundtrack. He is also featured on recordings by Raffi Adourian, Janette Khalarian, The Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble and The Komitas Project and Musaner, both directed by Ara Sarkissian and he has played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, legendary folk singer Hasmik Harutyunyan and the Cornell Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Music Ensemble. Most recently he was involved in the production of Musaner’s second CD “Once Upon A Time”. Martin currently serves on the Eastern U.S. Regional Executive Committee of the Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society.
With Zoe Dance, Callie Chapman Korn has presented her work in venues such as CrashArts‘ “Ten’s the Limit” at the ICA and Green Street Studios, Corporacion Cultural de Las Condes (Santiago, Chile), multiple self-produced concerts, and festivals. She currently dances for Prometheus Dance and has been with the company since 2002 dancing in various repertory works, and performing in venues such as Bates Dance Festival, the ICA, Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside Out, Lincoln Center, The Copley Theatre, in Ecuador at the Teatro Municipal de Quito, and many more. She has collaborated with video artists Greg Shea and Ken Kinna, composer Ivan Korn, and composers/musicians Pancho Molina and Billy Herron. Callie also helped develop the Dance Renewal Project and is currently the Marketing and Design Associate for the Boston Dance Alliance. She is also a freelance graphic designer(web + print). In 2009 and 2013 she was a recipient of the Somerville Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship and in 2010 received a project grant to produce “Depart”, an evening-length performance in the center of Union Square that was free and open to the public. Two years later she produced the first Somerville Dance Fest. Her work has also received recognition as a finalist for the Boston Dance Alliance’s Rehearsal Residency Fellowship in 2009. Callie holds a BFA from the Boston Conservatory.
Maggie Foster is originally from Somers, New York, where she trained at Logrea Dance Academy and was a member of the Westchester Ballet Company. She received her BFA in Dance Performance from The Boston Conservatory where she was able to study with wonderful Boston teachers, and had the opportunity to perform works by Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Alwin Nikolas, Larry Keigwin, Parren Ballard, and Cathy Young. She is currently a company member of Contrapose Dance under Courtney Peix and Ego Art, Inc under Nicole Pierce, and had the opportunity to perform with ICA and Louis Boston, Urbanity Dance, Intimations Dance, Margot Gelber, and Olivier Besson. Maggie has also presented work in 2014 through Green Works and Art Beat.
Michael Figueroa grew up inside dance studios in South Florida. He attended Bak Middle School of the Arts and Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Michael recently graduated from The Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Dance. At the Conservatory, he had the opportunity to perform repertory by Bill T. Jones, Doug Varone, Karole Armitage, Jose Limón, Trey McIntyre, as well as original works by Doug Elkins, Robert Moses, Francesca Harper, Thang Dao, Parren Ballard and Diane Arvanites. Michael has had the privilege to work closely with choreographers Margo Sappington, Mark Dendy, Diane Arvanites and Tommy Neblett. He performed in the Prometheus Dance 25th Anniversary Celebration. Michael is working to premier work in the Greater Boston area. He recently premiered a solo entitled F.A.N.B.O.Y.S. at Artbeat, an event sponsored by Somerville Arts Council. Michael is excited to engage the dance community in Boston.
Lo Galluccio is the Poet Populist of Cambridge. Her poetry collections, “Hot Rain” and “Terrible Baubles,” and her prose-poem memoir, “Sarasota VII,” are available at the Grolier Bookstore in Harvard Square. She has performed as a singer and spoken word artist at numerous venues in Boston and NYC, including the Poet’s Theatre, the Boston Poetry Festival, the Somerville Writer’s Festival, the Acton Jazz Cafe, St. Mark’s Poetry Project, and the House of Blues. Her websites are http://www.myspace.com/lolagalluccio and http://www.logalluccio.weebly.com.
Sarah Elizabeth Berube, originally from Winston-Salem NC, began her training at an early age studying under Brantley Shapiro at Wake Forest University. She later entered the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA); under the direction of Susan McCullough and Ethan Steifel. During her years at UNCSA, she had the opportunity to study under professionally accredited teachers and choreographers, and spent her summers studying with Carolina Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance. In her final year at UNCSA, she had the fortunate opportunity to perform in the all school musical of Oklahoma!, under the direction of Broadway’s Terrence Mann and Gemze Delappe. After graduating high school, she attended Florida State University, where she worked with artists such as Gerri Houlihan, Dan Wagoner, Abby Yager, and Susan Ferrell. After a year of training, Sarah transferred into The Boston Conservatory, where she performed works by choreographers Mark Morris, Robert Moses, Adam Barruch, and Colleen Thomas. Currently in her senior year at The Boston Conservatory, she is expected to graduate in May 2015 with a BFA in Dance and an Emphasis in Creating Performance.
Ariane Michaud is from Ottawa, Canada where she trained at Greta Leeming Studio of Dance and Canterbury High School for the Arts. She also trained under the direction of Christopher House at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and was strongly influenced by Vlad Novitski at Bridge To Artists. Ariane is currently working on attaining her BFA in Dance at The Boston Conservatory. In addition, she has been teaching, choreographing and performing with JUNTOS Collective, and teaches with Movement Matters, a movement-based project for those affected with Parkinson’s disease. She has performed works by Lawrence Gradus, Christopher House, Gerald Arpino, Richard Colton and Dwight Rhoden.
Ashley Pietro was born in Washington, New Jersey and currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2014, she graduated with her BFA in Dance Performance from The Boston Conservatory. While at the conservatory, Ashley’s performance opportunities included works by José Limón ‘Psalm’, Twyla Tharp ‘Eight Jelly Rolls’, Tommy Neblett ‘La Giornata Omicida’, Robert Moses ‘Wake’, and Francesca Harper ‘A Root in Liberty’. Ashley premiered her first choreographic work, ‘Arteriogram’, in Connective Tissue, a conservatory performance organized and presented by herself and a fellow colleague. She expanded her movement studies at summer program, Bates Dance Festival, where she performed a premier work (Free Fall) by Omar Carrum and Claudia Lavista of Delfos Danza Contemporanea. Ashley plans to continue performing and creating work in the Boston area.
The Commonwealth Ballet Company‘s artistic director, Chip Morris, will collaborate with “A Glimpse Beyond” artistic director, Denise Pons, to produce a “ballet pastorale,” designed for performance by company dancers in the enchanting surrounds of Mount Auburn Cemetery. Since its founding in 1992, the Commonwealth Ballet Company (CBC) has brought engaging, entertaining, and critically-acclaimed ballet, both contemporary and classical, to the Boston and Metro West region. The company has produced five full length ballets, including our perennially popular “Nutcracker”, as well as dozens of smaller works. CBC has premiered original ballets by local choreographers such as Diane Arvanites, Rebecca Rice, Betsy Graves, Monica Levy, and Denise Pons, as well as company founders Kathryn Anderson and Chip Morris. Noted for its wide ranging style, humor, and strong ballet technique, CBC brings youthful enthusiasm and unusual artistry to its performances. Details of the upcoming season may be found at the Commonwealth Ballet Company web site.
Nicole Pierce, Artistic Director of EgoArt, Inc., has contributed several duet dances to this year’s Glimpse. Through her work, Pierce pursues a consummate and provocative way to combine dance with other mediums. Pierce’s choreographic work is eclectic in nature and explores traditional concert dance, multimedia installation, and dance theatre. It often places audiences in site-specific locations or in constructed environments that incorporate video and sculpture. Pierce EgoArt, Inc. founded in 1999, to has received artist’s fellowships from Somerville Arts Council, the Boston Dance Alliance, Dance Ritual and Research, and The Yard. Pierce has been called an “unrestrained talent” by Thea Singer (Boston Globe) and her work has been hailed as “expansive, muscular movement etched with vivid detail” by Karen Campbell, also writing in the Boston Globe. Pierce serves on the dance faculty of Emerson College, Salem State University, Green Street Studios, and the Dance Complex. Her work has been shown throughout New England and New York, and in Philadelphia. A much sought after teacher, Pierce has led master classes at schools and colleges throughout New England including most recently Yale University and Roger Williams University. For more about EgoArt, Inc. please visit www.egoartinc.com.
Voices Rising is a women’s chorus, founded upon feminist principles of community, inclusivity, activism and education. They are returning by popular demand after their amazing performance in Glimpse in 2013. Through our music, the members of Voices Rising strengthen ourselves and serve our community’s history, present needs, and future possibilities. Led by Artistic Director Leora Zimmer, Voices Rising includes singers Kim Altomere, Robin Einzig, Hana Frankova, Sandy Goodman, Patti Grip, Courtney Jones, Julia Keller, Julie Kinnett, Amy Kumpel, Elandus Lake, LouAnn Pearthree, Laura Powell, Maddi Ranieri, Julie Regner, Lauren Rubenzahl, Elizabeth Ryan, Tara Watts, and Jennifer Wry. Learn more about Voices Rising at www.voicesrising.org.
The Cambridge Community Chorus, another community group returning from the 2012 Glimpse Beyond performance by popular demand, is celebrating more than 20 years of offering participation in musical performances to all those with a love of music and community. Led by Music Director Pamela Mindell, the Chorus is a nonprofit organization known for its broad repertoire, including the world and North American premieres of new choral works; for the quality of its performances; and for its diverse and varied membership. We are a welcoming organization; singers of all ages from the Cambridge area and beyond — regardless of their musical training or experience — can join our group without audition. Please be sure to see their Winter concert: Comfort & Joy, Sunday, December 14, 2014, Kresge Auditorium, MIT Cambridge Community Chorus. Learn more about upcoming performances at the Cambridge Community Chorus website.
New to Glimpse this year, the Cambridge Children’s Chorus is the newest division of Boston City Singers, a youth chorus dedicated to inspiring young voices. Founded by lifelong Cambridge resident Wendy Silverberg in 2012, this chorus now has over 150 singers, ages 4-11, from Cambridge and its surrounding neighborhoods, including Somerville, Arlington, Medford, and Belmont. The chorus provides high-quality music training in a supportive environment focused on developing the whole student and accepts new singers all year long! If you know a child who would like to sing with us, contact Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the Boston City Singers website and Like us on Facebook.
World Beets Percussion Ensemble (WBPE) was begun in the fall of 2012, with the intent to create a community drumming ensemble in the Greater Wayland/Framingham/Natick area. Founder Martin Case, with the help of members Janet Drake, Susan Donnell, John Ladas and Jean Laing, created the ensemble to gather local residents and create an ensemble that would be community supportive, though private and group lessons, and civically engaged, by performing in both public and private events and concerts. For more information visit www.WorldBeetsPercussionEnsemble.org.
Janet Drake has heard rhythms in random sounds around her – like rain falling, water dripping, and objects being blown by wind since she was a child. Her interest in drumming came alive when she attended a frame drum workshop given by the late, beloved Layne Redmond. In her spare time outside of her family and work, she enjoys being involved in causes she supports, hearing results of shared ensemble work, and teaching basic drumming technique to anyone who asks. Appreciating a long-ago quote, she says: “Much of what drumming is cannot be put into words. The meaning is in the feeling, and you get it from the drumming.”
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ARTISTIC LEADERSHIP TEAM
Denise Pons has been appointed the Artistic Director of the returning A Glimpse Beyond at Mount Auburn for their October 17 – 19 production. Pons has been a professional ballet dancer and dance instructor for over 25 years. Her professional career includes 14 seasons with the Boston Ballet and prior work with the San Francisco Ballet. As a dancer, some of her more notable roles include Swanhilda in Coppelia, Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, in Giselle, the lead in Miss Julie opposite Fernando Bujones, Lady Capulet in Cho San Goh’s Romeo and Juliet, and the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker, performing the roles of Snow Queen, Sugarplum Fairy and Coffee. During her career, Ms. Pons has partnered with dance luminaries Rudolf Nureyev, Eric Bruhn, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Fernando Bujones, Patrick Armand and Simon Dow. She has studied with and been choreographed by: Agnes de Mille, Maurice Bejart, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Elisa Montes, David Bintley, Natalia Dudinskaya (“the glasnost Swan Lake”), Niels Bjorn Larson, and Natalia Karassanova. She toured America and Europe with Rudolf Nureyev in Don Quixote, performing lead roles of Kitri, Kitri’s Friend and Street Dancer. She also was directed by Agnes de Mille in Rodeo, performing the role of Cowgirl.
Pons was selected as a founding cast member of the White Oaks Dance Project by Mark Morris and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Her teaching career began in 1981 with the Boston Ballet and with numerous companies and programs, including the Walnut Hill School. She has been a frequent guest artist for Dance Masters of America, the dance faculty of Harvard Dance, the Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education, and is currently on the faculty of The Boston Conservatory Dance Division, and the Acton School of Ballet. Since 1994, she has been a member of the ballet faculty of The Boston Conservatory (TBC) and serves as the Artistic Director of their Dance Outreach Program. The Outreach program offers lecture/demonstrations and performances in the Boston Public Schools, YMCA’s and retirement communities. Pons duties include working with Boston school officials to select material, choreograph, rehearse and stage the performance’s featuring TBC dancers. She also developed the concept, choreography, staging and scheduling for the TBC 2010 and 2011 World Fest performances.
In the community, Pons has provided choreography, staging, scheduling, and artistic direction for the Acton School of Ballet and Commonwealth Ballet Company, and handled teaching, organization and choreography as well as set design, sound and lighting planning, costumes for 325 students for 7 performances for the Winchester School of Ballet’s full-length Nutcracker production and managed their Spring performances. She has also provided choreography and staging for the past seven years for the Arlington Middle School musical productions of Mulan, High School Musical, Music Man, 13, and Pete’s Dragon, to name just a few.
Martin Case is a composer, producer, and performing musician. With his company, MartinCaseMusic, Martin creates music for dance, film and other multi-media experiences, both live and in the studio.
In creating music for dance, Martin’s client list includes the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Urbanity Dance, the Mark Morris Dance Group, Boston Ballet, The American Repertory Theatre and the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
His expertise with music technologies has gained him international consulting work with McGraw-Hill, and his multi-media/film works have partnered him with Patriot Entertainment, Bija Bennett Productions and Tse Tse Fly Productions.
Martin’s production work has created numerous albums with artists such as Zieti and Dwight Graves.
The enduring theme of Martin’s work is to honor the musician’s function to create sacred sonic space for meditation, now/no-thought, and sensuous enjoyment. The nature of this work has taken Martin to the Middle East, West Africa, South America, Europe, and Asia. In Boston, Martin presently creates music for Harvard University, Urbanity Dance, and the Boston Conservatory.
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