Event Recap: New Moves 2017

Last weekend Kansas City Ballet wrapped up it’s 4th annual New Moves program at the Bolender Center. More than 850 attendees witnessed eight brand new works by nine choreographers from within Kansas City Ballet’s company and beyond.

The First Act

The show opened with Tone it Bach, a large work by retired KC Ballet Dancer Ryan Joliecoeur-Nye, performed by KC Ballet’s Second Company (made up of KCB II and the Student Trainees).

New Moves Production Photos. KCB Second Company Dancers in “Tone it Bach” Choreography: Ryan Joliecoeur-Nye. Photography: Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.

The vibrant Tempestades Da Vida (Storms of Life) by KC Ballet Company Dancer Gustavo Ribeiro, was up next.

New Moves Production Photos. KCB Dancers in “Tempestades Da Vida (Storms of Life)” Choreography: Gustavo Ribeiro. Photography: Elizabeth Stehling.

KC Choreography duo, Andi Abernathy and Stephanie Ruch from HEARTLINES Dance Company, followed with their dramatic piece Grasping.

New Moves Production Photos. KCB Dancers in “Grasping” Choreography: Andi Abernathy & Stephanie Ruch. Photography: Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.

Another KC Ballet dancer’s imaginative dance for two was up next: Michael Davis’ Keep.

New Moves Production Photos. KCB Dancers Elysa Hotchkiss and Danielle Bausinger in “Keep” Choreography: Michael Davis. Photography: Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.

The final piece in the first act was the playful A Ruckus Recess by KC Ballet Company Dancer James Kirby Rogers.

New Moves Production Photos. KCB Dancers Taryn Mejia, Whitney Huell, and Kelsey Hellebuyck in “A Ruckus Recess” Choreography: James Kirby Rogers. Photography: Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.

The Second Act

The intense Inveterate by KC Ballet Company Dancer Molly Wagner opened the second act.

New Moves Production Photos. KCB Dancers Angelina Sansone and Michael Davis in “Inveterate” Choreography: Molly Wagner. Photography: Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.

A thought-provoking work, Peregri•nation, by former Boston Ballet Principal Dancer Yury Yanowsky followed with three couples.

New Moves Production Photos. KCB Dancers Emily Mistretta and Humberto Rivera Blanco in “Peregri•nation” Choreography: Yury Yanowsky. Photography: Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.

And rising choreographer Gabrielle Lamb’s mesmerizing A Thousand Several Ways brought the show to a crowd-pleasing end.

New Moves Production Photos. KCB Dancers in “A Thousand Several Ways” Choreography: Gabrielle Lamb. Photography: Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.

 

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