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At 80, she’s been threatening to retire for years, but as she prepares for her company’s 35th season, she gives no indication that she’s ready to rest on her laurels, Further evidence of her vitality can be seen vintage ballet shoes wall art . ceramic ballet shoes wall art . dance teacher gift . ballet shoe statue . ballerina decor . vict at the California Theatre May 19 and 20, when the Margaret Wingrove Dance Company presents “Heart on Fire,” a brimming program that includes three world premieres, “I have been doing this for a long time,” says Wingrove, sounding a good two decades younger than her age, “The dancers come and go, and I’m very lucky to have two of my longest serving dancers on this program, Lori Seymour and Michael Howerton, One of the things I love is looking at the dancers and finding their individuality, Each one has a voice within them.”..

In addition to Seymour and Howerton, “Heart on Fire” features dancers Alexsandra Meijer, Amy Marie Briones, Akira Takahashi and Kendall Teague, formerly of Silicon Valley Ballet. They will be accompanied by musicians from the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, led by Barbara Day Turner, and special guest pianist Mark Anderson performing the score of Chopin nocturnes for “Speaking of Love,” one of Wingrove’s signature works. With her own original amalgam of ballet and modern dance, Wingrove is a case study in midlife reinvention. As an adolescent ballet devotee she studied alongside Robert Joffrey in Seattle, and she experienced his contemporary ballet vision as a creative jolt when he launched his first company.

She continued her studies after moving to San Jose with her vintage ballet shoes wall art . ceramic ballet shoes wall art . dance teacher gift . ballet shoe statue . ballerina decor . vict husband in the 1970s, earning a degree in dance from San Jose State while raising a family, With the encouragement of choreographer-teacher Lucas Hoving, she started setting her own dances and organized her first major performance in 1981, Over the years, she has presented her work at Jacob’s Pillow, received numerous commissions, collaborated with an array of major arts organizations and addressed the loss of her son John to AIDS in 1989 with the wrenching and unsentimental five-part dance drama “Shatterings.” Reviewing its world premiere in San Diego, the Los Angeles Times described Michael Howerton’s central performance as “shattering.”..

Howerton first danced for Wingrove in 1983, and he has worked with her intermittently ever since. At one point, he thought he was ready to retire, but “she always manages to pull me back on stage,” he says. He was studying at San Jose Dance Theatre when she set a piece on the company that gave him a first glimpse of modern dance. Evidentially impressed with his abilities, she recruited him for a role the next season when an injury sidelined one of her dancers. What has kept him engaged with the Wingrove company all these years are abundant opportunities to stretch as an artist, as in her 2002 piece “Van Gogh: In Search of the Sun.” Inspired by the painter’s correspondence with his brother Theo, the dance gave Howerton a role that “was really acting as much as dancing. She gives her dancers the opportunity to bring something to the roles that they dance. That’s what keeps me dancing with her.”.

Since Wingrove has created more than 100 dances, no single program can encompass her full range of expression, She finds raw creative material in a vast range of music, literary sources and the visual arts, One of the “Heart on Fire” premieres, “Moments,” is set mainly to Glazunov’s “5 Novelettes for String Quartet” and was inspired by the verse of award-winning Chinese-American poet Li-Young Lee, The earliest work in “Heart on Fire” is 1990’s “Dark Edges,” a piece for three dancers set to a score vintage ballet shoes wall art . ceramic ballet shoes wall art . dance teacher gift . ballet shoe statue . ballerina decor . vict by Lou Harrison, Among the most recent is “Janis,” a piece Wingrove started working on before the national PBS broadcast of the documentary “Janis: Little Girl Blue” rekindled interest in Janis Joplin..

Set to the songs “Me & Bobby McGee,” “Move Over” and “Little Girl Blue,” the dance features Lori Seymour, “who’s an actor as well as well as a fine dancer,” Wingrove says. “She also did a piece about Sylvia Plath for me years ago and was so expressive. When you hear Janis’s voice, you can’t help but be moved by it.”. When Wingrove talks about dancers, her voice takes on an affectionate, almost reverent tone. Clearly energized by the collaborative process, she doesn’t come to a new piece with every step mapped in detail. She’s more interested in discovering with dancers what they can say within the framework she has devised.

Residents and guests are invited to sign up online soon to see the free 90-minute shows, which will take place along the waterfront between the Fruitvale and Park Street bridges, A limited number of participants will be able to attend the shows on a first-come, first-served basis May 21-22, Janet Koike of Rhythmix and Kim Epifano of San Francisco-based Epiphany say they both have admired each other’s artistic work in the Bay Area for some time and decided to get together to turn some of their ideas about a joint show vintage ballet shoes wall art . ceramic ballet shoes wall art . dance teacher gift . ballet shoe statue . ballerina decor . vict into reality..

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