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NDH2-PNC-logoFinal-blackI finally got to see all of the New Dance Horizons II works and I could not be more thrilled at what has been created and how it is being danced.

Something very special occurs when you commission four independent choreographers and have them stage works on four different dance companies that appear together in an evening of dance second to none.

Having worked in a repertory company and having experienced and seen the thrill of performing different works I never thought of what would happen if the same approach was done utilizing four different groups with their own points of view. The result is New Dance Horizons II.

Emery Headshot St  LouisEmery LeCrone’s work for St. Louis Ballet is full of choreographic intricacies and requires total concentration and a complete physical commitment to the work. The dancers are doing exactly that. Although I have only seen some 5 minutes of the work, it is a fascinating abstract piece that takes you into the dancers’ bodies.

The imagery that Nejla Yatkin has created for Leverage Dance Theatre, the harmonious intensity, fluidity and emotionality of Uri Sands’ work for Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company and the amazing theatricality and physicality that is demanded of MADCO in PILOBOLUS’ “Land’s Edge” will make dance lovers drool. What a joy to be part of this unique adventure and how proud we feel to have this take part in Missouri, where the motto The Show Me State certainly applies to New Dance Horizons.

See you at the Touhill THIS WEEKEND. Don’t complain if you miss it.

Love and peace,



The amazing discoveries one makes when putting together something like New Dance Horizons are sometimes overwhelming. You know the talent of the individuals you are engaging, you have either seen their work or their performances but I am always overwhelmed when presented with the real thing, in person and with a purpose to illuminate and inspire our local dancers and audiences. One such artist is Nejla Yatkin, whom we brought to St. Louis to work with Leverage Dance Theater.

Nejla  headshot DSC_3103aShe has arrived in town and Flor and I had the pleasure of attending a rehearsal early on in the process where I saw one and one half of the four movements that will be the piece. The work is truly sublime. In just a few days Nejla has conjured an incredible world of movement and emotion that has transfixed the dancers of Leverage Dance Theater and the creation shows them at their very best. The solo for Tricia and her interpretation was simply captivating. This New Dance Horizons is proving to be a must see event.

There is joy in Mudville and that joy will be at the Touhill on October 4th and 5th with PNC Arts Alive New Dance Horizons II. Be there.