Internationally acclaimed choreographer Kelly Roth, described by New York City's Dance Spirit Magazine as: “One of the most exciting modern dancers and choreographers on today’s dance scene,” presents a program of contemporary concert dance at the beautiful Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center, September 15 at 7:30 and September 16 at 2pm.
With musicians and dancers joining in from across the Las Vegas performing arts spectrum, Roth’s special blend of sheer kinetics, theatrics, and post-modern sensibilities promise to provide an event brandishing both art and entertainment suitable for the entire family. As noted in The Star, Hong Kong: "The unique part of Kelly’s works is that he combines the profound effect of these elements (i.e. time, shape, space, and motion) with a touch of his capricious sense of comic theatricality.”
Roth’s relationship with the Las Vegas Clark County Library District began a few years ago when the Summerlin branch stepped up to provide a new home for the Dance in the Desert Festival, formerly held at the College of Southern Nevada. “I have nothing but big heaps of praise to shower on the theatre staff at Summerlin library,” commented the choreographer and festival director, adding, ‘I’ve not worked with a finer bunch of arts enthusiasts!”
The free program will feature a cross-section of Roth’s works spanning the last three decades of his 42 year choreographic career. From the light hearted Greek mythological spoof, “Hernaeus & Taphea, part three” (1991), to the tribute created last year at the passing of his mentor, “Elegy for Murray Louis,” the concert promises an ever evolving tapestry of approaches to dance as an art form.
Another 2016 work making its return is “Interlopian Tubes,” described in Callback News as, “interestingly crafted, charmingly choreographed and delightfully danced.” The suite connects guest artists including the much heralded ballerina Yoomi Lee of the Las Vegas Ballet Company, with former Nevada Ballet Theatre dancer Christina Stockdale, Carrie L. Miles and Jennifer Roberts of Kelly Roth & Dancers, and CSN Dance Certificate candidate, Kaylee Hannig. An abstract series of solos, the dance utilizes paintings by Emily McIlroy, a set by Staci Walters, costumes by Audrey Ketchell, and music by contemporary classical composers David Longstreth, Louis Andriessen, and Evan Ziporyn.
“A Trimbling,” another recent creation, recalls the singular spirit of a slain local musician and educator. Principle violist of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Mary Trimble was a beloved figure in the musical and social lives of her many friends, fans and students. Roth’s own son studied privately with Mary during his high school years at Las Vegas Academy. Tobias Kremer Roth, now a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, returns with UNLV’s elite Graduate String Quartet to accompany the dancers with Sergei Prokofiev’s revered First String Quartet in this homage to Mary.
Guest artist Yoomi Lee brings to life early twentieth century master choreographer Michel Fokine’s iconic classic “The Dying Swan.”
Roth in turn shares his remarkably truncated, Fokine inspired version of the bizarre puppets gone wild story “Petrushka.” Costume designer Cynthia DuFault painstakingly worked to clothe the lead dancers (Kaylee Hannig, Daniel Mendoza, Carrie L. Miles, Lorenzo Valoy) in costumes evoking the spirit of the striking 1911 originals by Alexandre Benois.
Other dances on this varied program include “Iron Rod,” with a commissioned score by Norwegian composer Thor Ellyk, and the world premiere of yet another Roth danced solo tribute to the great Murray Louis, “Sayings of Super Cookie.”
Kelly Roth is pleased to be bringing this assortment of dances, music styles and talented performing artists to the community. The 63 year old dance maker mused: “In this age of technologically defined virtual encounters, it’s a wonderful thing to come together as actual beings and experience the reality of human motional expression. Kelly Roth & Dancers is host to performers from Mexico, Africa, Korea, and the United States. I guess dance really is the universal language!”
Other dancers include Chaslina Cress, Makena Kimani, Alexis Portillo, and Ariadna Ramirez.
Kelly Roth & Dancers was founded in New York City in 1978, giving its debut performance in January of the following year at Lincoln Square. Since Mr. Roth's departure from the city in 1985 the company has followed him to various locations across the United States, including Arizona, Wisconsin, and for the past several years in Nevada. As a now western-based organization, Mr. Roth & company have appeared at the Avignon Festival in France, the International Choreographic Festival in Mexico City, the Prague Dance and Theatre Festival, the Dance Grand Prix Italia, the Barcelona Dance Awards, and to frequent engagements around the western United States.
A co-production of LVCCLD
New Dance Foundation for the Arts, Inc.
Free and open to the public.
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