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VIRTUAL CHAT SERIES

“I want to connect with our audience in some small but positive way to keep our spirits going. Somehow I think the arts may boost our hearts and minds even if we are apart. Keep and share our passion creativity and human expression”
— Diane Coburn Bruning

RETURNING SPRING 2021!

FREE WEEKLY PRESENTATIONS AND DISCUSSIONS ON ZOOM

These are free virtual events, however if you would like to donate the direct link is below!
To sign up email rsvp@chamberdance.org. Questions? 202.499.2297

PREVIOUS VIRTUAL CHATS


LISTEN:

Tuesday, June 30th
5 – 5:45 p.m.

Four Black artists who have worked with us over the last six years will discuss their experiences and thoughts as artists moderated by Rona Carr, former Chamber Dance Project board member.

The panel includes Tanya Green, photographer, Maverick Lemons, dancer, Claudia Schreier, choreographer and Moshe Snowden, musician.


THE VIOLINISTS OF CDP:

Claudia Chudacoff, Principal Musician, Violinist
Chaerim Smith, Violinist

 

Tuesday, June 23rd
5 – 5:30 p.m.

CDP violinists, Claudia Chudacoff and Chaerim Smith, will combine to perform several works and then deconstruct them musically. A Q&A will follow the presentation.


AN EVENING WITH CLAUDIA SCHREIER:

Claudia Schreier, Guest Choreographer

 

Tuesday, June 16th
5 – 6 p.m.

Claudia will discuss her new work for CDP, Alight, which will now premiere in June 2021. Claudia will also discuss the development of her work for CDP and her ideas on ways to cultivate and amplify Black voices in dance. A Q&A will follow the presentation.


INSIDE THE MARKETING FOR CDP:

Troy Riemer, Marketing Director

 

Tuesday, June 9th
5:30 -6 p.m.
  • Troy will show the thought and meaning behind design choices in CDP marketing pieces
  • Troy will recreate one of our posters from last year to show the process behind some the designs
  • Discuss the branding ideas behind our designs and how we try to create a consistent visual library

THE RISE OF BALLET IN AMERICA:

Diane Coburn Bruning, Artistic Director

 

Tuesday, June 9th
5 – 5:30 p.m.

An overview of the people, companies and organizations driving the growth of the art form in the 20th century. We will look at this growth in a 30-minute overview including photos and videos followed by a discussion and Q & A.


CONTEMPORARY BALLET PARTNERING:

Luz San Miguel and Davit Hovhannisyan, Ballet Masters & Dancers

 

Tuesday, May 26
5 – 5:30 p.m.

Luz and Davit, with us since our DC debut in summer of 2014, have performed almost the entire repertoire of Chamber Dance Project. They have partnered together in such favorite  as Journey and Berceuse and Davit has done the male duet Exit Wounds. They will discuss the elements of contemporary partnering and how is it different from classical as well as show video clips from their contemporary works with Chamber Dance Project.  They will live demonstrations while deconstructing the technique and physical demands involved. A Q&A will follow the presentation.

(Photo by Eduardo Patino.NYC)


CLASSICAL BALLET PARTNERING:

Luz San Miguel and Davit Hovhannisyan, Ballet Masters & Dancers

 

Tuesday, May 19
5 – 5:30 p.m.

Luz and Davit, with us since our DC debut in summer of 2014, are consummate partners.  They have done many of the classical roles together with Milwaukee Ballet and will discuss the elements of the pas de deus and classical partnering, showing video clips.  They will do live demonstrations including lifts while describing the physical demands involved.  Luz and Davit will answer your questions at the end. Read more about Luz and Davit HERE

(Photo by Mariah Miranda)


FROM CLASSICAL TO CONTEMPORARY BALLET:

Julia Erickson, Ballet Master & Dancer

 

Tuesday, May 12
5 – 5:30 p.m.

Our dancer and ballet master, Julia Erickson, has danced many of the major classical roles with her former company, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.  Julia will discuss the mental and physical preparation required to dance a role such as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake with photos and video clips.  She will also talk about the transition of working in contemporary ballet and how those requirements differ from those of classical ballet.  We will show some of Julia’s recent performances in our repertoire in video clips. A Q&A with participants will follow the presentation.

(Photo by Rebecca Huffman)


LIFE OF A DANCER IN POINTE SHOES:

Grace-Anne Powers, Dancer
Tuesday, May 5
5 – 5:30 p.m.

Featuring our new dancer, Grace-Anne will share her life as a dancer from her early training through her career through photos and videos.  She will discuss her life as a professional ballet dancer, currently with BalletMet, and discuss how she approaches the creation and performance of her roles. We will also hear Grace-Anne talk about all things pointe shoes.

(Photo by Jennifer Zmuda)


FROM COURTS TO CLASSICISM:

Diane Coburn Bruning, Artistic Director

 

Tuesday, April 21
5 – 5:30 p.m.
Diane will begin this multi-media survey with what is deemed to have been the first ballet in 1581,  Ballet  Comique de la Reine in France and move through the centuries to Russia and the period of the classical ballets.   Diane will focus on the evolution of the art form from the courts to the proscenium stage. A discussion with participants will follow the presentation.
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As a young choreographer in New York, Diane had the incredible opportunity to work part-time in the Dance Collection of New York Public Library – the world’s foremost dance archive – and study dance history under its founding curator, Genevieve Oswald.  During this time Diane also taught dance history at Douglass College and Rutgers University before she was able to dedicate herself full-time to her choreographic career.

DANCERS IN A CREATIVE OPEN REHEARSAL WITH DIANE:

Chamber Dance Project Dancers with Artistic Director

 

Tuesday, April 14
5 – 5:30 p.m.

The dancers of Chamber Dance Project and Diane will present an informal open rehearsal through Zoom. Attendees will experience the process of creating movement and how it is adapted throughout a rehearsal.


FROM CONCEPT TO STAGE WITH BEKAH NETTEKOVEN TELLO:

Bekah Nettekoven Tello, Costume Designer

 

Tuesday, April 7
5 – 5:30 p.m.

Bekah will discuss notable costumes in our repertoire from the initial concept to the stage. Her presentation includes slides, video clips, and discussion.


INSIDE THE WORKS OF CHRISTIAN DENICE:

Christian Denice, dancer/choreographer

 

Tuesday, March 31st
5 – 5:30 p.m.

Christian will talk about his life as a dancer and choreographer as well as his new work for Chamber Dance Project. His presentation includes slides, video clips, and discussion. See the first screening of Christian in rehearsal with new works and his one-on-one interview.

Photo by Sophia Kuller


SERGE DIAGHILEV + BALLET RUSSES:

Diane Coburn Bruning, Artistic Director

 

Tuesday, March 24th
5 – 5:30 p.m.

Diane will start the chats off with her passion for Serge Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes “This is my very favorite period of ballet and one that heavily influenced my founding of Chamber Dance Project.” Her presentation includes slides, video clips, music and discussion. It will be in two parts as it is such a rich period of creativity (think Sacre du Printemps by Stravinsky/Nijinsky).


Header Photo: Chant in performance photographed by Eduardo Patino.NYC