NDI New Mexico to Present Spring Into Motion at Dance Barns

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Contact:  Cynthia Delgado, (505) 557-6047, cdelgado@ndi-nm.org

Joanie Griffin, (505) 261-4444, jgriffin@sunny505.com


NDI New Mexico to Present Spring Into Motion at Dance Barns

Student Performances of “Carnival of Animals” to Take Place January 31–February 2

Albuquerque, NM – December 11, 2019 – Under the instruction of renowned choreographer, educator, performer and newly appointed Dance Barns Artistic Director, Rodney Rivera, NDI New Mexico will present Spring Into Motion, a fun and sophisticated evening of classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dance in early 2020.

The performances will take place at The Dance Barns—voted Santa Fe Reporter’s Best Dance Company in 2019— and will feature the famous work Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. Carnival of Animals is a showcase of enchanting choreography from lead choreographer, Morgann Rose, with dancers imitating sounds and movements of different animals. Rose, formerly of the Washington Ballet, came to Santa Fe as a guest artist and collaborated with NDI New Mexico faculty to playfully highlight the personality of each animal. The performance will feature a live chamber orchestra, as well as the poems of Ogden Nash narrated by Company XCel dancer and NMSA Vocal Performance student, Nicholas Ottersberg.                    

Dancers will also perform to the contagious rhythms of Sing Sing Sing, tangos of the Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, and the haunting melodies of Frederic Chopin.                     

“Some people might say that Tango is a sad thought that is danced,” said Rodney Rivera. “I would say Tango is one of the deepest art form expression ever made, and it is the result of a mix of cultures from all over the world. The composer, Astor Piazzolla and the way he changed the sound of the traditional Tango are my source of inspiration to create this choreography. Piazzolla was a genius and rebel musician who had the courage to explore all aspects of life through this captivating and emotional music. Dancers will become Piazzolla’s happiness, sadness, intensity, and passion. Set to two haunting works by the master composer, including Fuga y Misterio—an evocative piece played on twelve cellos, this dance embodies the emotional complexities of both the music and the composer himself. We invite all to come to Spring Into Motion and experience these incredible works brought to life by our talented students.”

Performances will take place on Friday, January 31 at 7pm, Saturday, February 1 at 7pm and Sunday, February 2 at 2pm. Tickets are $15 for upholstered seating, $10 for bleacher seating, and $5 for NDI students. To purchase tickets, contact the Box Office at 505-983-7661 or visit ndi-nm.org.



About NDI New Mexico: National Dance Institute of New Mexico is a not-for-profit organization founded with the knowledge that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate children. The purpose of our distinctive programs is to help children develop discipline, a standard of excellence, and a belief in themselves that will carry over into all aspects of their lives. www.ndi-nm.org



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