The Young People’s Creative Dance Theatre, under the artistic direction of Margaret “Peg” Bisceglie, will present a special celebratory performance at the Weston High School Auditorium on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 3.
Dance students, past and present, will participate in the free, 90-minute (plus intermission) performance, “Spirit of Community.” The show is deemed appropriate for all ages. This celebration show has been made possible in large part through a grant from EstonArts, as well as the support of the Weston Board of Education, administrators and teachers.
The dance theater’s publicists provided brief bios of some of the performing artists.
Hannah de Keijzer, a member of the Weston High School class of 2002, is a dancer and choreographer who thrives in collaborative creation and whose work challenges artists to expand their performance presence. She is co-artistic director of Green Chair Dance Group, a collaborative dance-theater company based in Philadelphia. Green Chair’s expansive view of human/body relationships is theoretical, funny, accessible, and constantly changing. Since 2004 Green Chair has performed in the Philadelphia area, up and down the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S.A, and in Poland. The company was selected for a 2011 White Pines Productions Residency and has received several grants from the Swarthmore Project in Theater.
“Green Chair Dance Group displayed intellect and exuberance…[and] sustained a high level of gutsy, risk-taking antics. Watching, you’d think this is stuff you and your friends could do in your living room. Think again. It took these pros years to make it look so simple and playful…. You ought to see me laughing as I write this. Better yet, see Green Chair,” wrote Merilyn Jackson of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Green Chair presents “far more subtle dance theater than one might have expected… the collaborative work is inventive, poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, and completely engaging without being literal,” declared Karen Campbell of The Boston Globe.
Another performer, Heather Bryce Labor, is interested in the intersection of emotion and creativity. In 2006, Ms. Labor founded her own performance company, Bryce Dance. Ms. Labor is a two-time recipient of The Emerging Artist Award (Green Street Studios, Cambridge, Mass.) and has shown work at various venues including; Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn, N.Y.), The Hooker-Dunham Theatre & Gallery (Vt.), The Dance Complex (Mass.), Green Street Studios (Mass.), Marlboro College (Vt.), Goddard College (Vt.).
Caitlin Meighan (WHS ’05) joined The Joffrey Ballet as an Arpino apprentice in August 2006 and was promoted to a full company member in June 2008. Prior to joining The Joffrey, she trained at the Ballet School of Stamford, the National Ballet School of Canada, with former American Ballet Theatre soloist Christina Fagundes, and with the Young People’s Creative Dance Theatre. Also prior to joining The Joffrey, Ms. Meighan performed lead roles in Paquita and Rudy Van Danzing’s Four Last Songs as well as roles in Serenade, Les Sylphides and Chopiniana. Her performances with The Joffrey Ballet include Sir Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Gerald Arpino’s Reflections, The Nutcracker, Yuri Possohkov’s Don Quixote, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert and Val Caniparoli’s Incantations.
Kate Taylor, a 15-year resident of Weston and graduate of Newtown High School, is a dancer and a performance artist. At the celebratory performance on Aug. 4, she will perform “Best Day Ever,” described as a hilarious ride of laughter and tears, hatred and love. She performed with Nancy Meehan Dance Company (New York, N.Y.) for 12 seasons and has performed with Walking the Dog Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. Ms. Taylor is developing a dance and contemporary clown piece with director Dennis Denni based in Cardiff, U.K., and Conor Hefferon, based in Toronto, Calif. The work, “Game Show,” will premiere at the New York Clown Theater Festival on Sept. 14 and 17 (bricktheater.com). Ms. Taylor recently returned to pointe and is taking regular ballet class with Margaret Bisceglie.