By Jenn Sheridan
Courtesy New Chamber Ballet | Tom Caravaglia
New Chamber Ballet – Oct. 15-17 | 7 p.m.
Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema
Advance $20 | $15 students & seniors | $3 more at the door
“Live music is rare in dance now. Having musicians right next to the dancers is a special experience”
After reimagining Tahoe City as a destination for innovative and professional dancers throughout 2015, The Lake Tahoe Dance Collective puts the final stamp in its inaugural season with a performance by New York City’s New Chamber Ballet.
As the name suggests, New Chamber Ballet is known for pioneering a growing trend in dancing, featuring an intimate setting with only four dancers performing on stage with two musicians.
“It’s really exciting being able to share the highest quality and caliber of music and dance. Live music is rare in dance now. Having musicians right next to the dancers is a special experience,” said Lake Tahoe Dance Collective artistic director Christin Hanna.
The close setting of the New Chamber Ballet allows the audience to feel the performance more than they might in traditional theater setting. In a small venue such as the Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema, the audience can hear the dancers breath and see the sweat on their skin. They get a sense of the passion that goes into the performance.
Hanna was one of the founding members of New Chamber Ballet more than a decade ago and she continued to collaborate with New Chamber’s artistic director, Miro Magloire, and resident choreographer, Constantine Baecher, after returning home to Tahoe to start Tahoe Youth Ballet.
“Miro is one of the first people I talked to about bringing dance to Tahoe,” said Hanna. Magloire helped Hanna organize a dance lecture, which helped pique the interest needed to launch the Lake Tahoe Dance Festival.
Since it’s conception, the Lake Tahoe Dance Festival has evolved into a series of performances throughout the year and has brought some of the best dancers in the world to the shores of Lake Tahoe. In 2015, the Lake Tahoe Dance Collective was born with the mission to promote classical, modern and contemporary dance of the finest quality in the Lake Tahoe Area through performance, education and outreach.
The final performance of the season will include “Entangled” and “Mozart Trio,” both choreographed by Magloire and Baecher, respectively. The company will also premier a new, untitled ballet.
Featured dancers will include Elizabeth Brown, Sarah Atkins, Traci Finch and Cassidy Hall. Violinist Doori Na and pianist Melody Fader, both Julliard alumni, will provide the music.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit laketahoedancecollective.org.