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“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

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

Sophia Kim Cook

Thursday, April 29
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Join Sophia to hear her discuss and play Chopin’s Grand Waltz Brilliant in preparation for the film and stage production of Waltz to be performed by Luz and Davit.

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BEKAH NETTEKOVEN TELLO

Thursday, May 13
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Join Bekah in her discussion and demonstration of her costumes for Waltz. Video of the dance rehearsals will also be shown.

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Francesca Dugarte

Thursday, June 10
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Join Francesca, longtime Chamber Dance Project dancer in a discussion and demonstration of her work in our repertoire including the new Dwellings by Christian Denice.

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PREVIOUS VIRTUAL CHATS


Alexander Sargent & Diane

Thursday, April 1
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Join Diane and our newest dancer, Alex Sargent, in the studio creating new work and discussing the process.

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Luz, Davit & Diane

Thursday, March 11
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Join Diane in the studio with Luz and Davit in their first rehearsals in creating Waltz for film and stage followed by a discussion.

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LISTEN

Tuesday, June 30
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 23
5 – 5:30 p.m.

CDP violinists Claudia Chudacoff and Chaerim Smith combine to perform several works and then deconstruct them musically.


AN EVENING WITH CLAUDIA SCHREIER

Claudia Schreier, Guest Choreographer

 

Tuesday, June 16
5 – 6 p.m.

Claudia discusses her new work for CDP, Alight, which will premiere in June 2021. 


INSIDE THE MARKETING FOR CDP

Troy Riemer, Marketing Director

 

Tuesday, June 9
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 9
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.

They have partnered together in such favorites 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 provide demonstrations while deconstructing the technique and physical demands involved.

(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 performed many classical roles together with Milwaukee Ballet and will discuss the elements of the pas de deux and classical partnering through video clips.  They offer a live demonstration, including lifts, and describe the physical demands involved in partnering.  A Q&A will follow the presentation. 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.

(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, the 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.

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 31
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 24
5 – 5:30 p.m.

Diane starts off the chat by sharing 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 Le Sacre du Printemps by Stravinsky/Nijinsky).


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