March brings a mixed repertory to Bass Performance Hall featuring Christopher Bruce’s Rooster with music by the Rolling Stones along with two world premieres created for TBT by celebrated choreographers Avi Scher and Garrett Smith.
When talking about Rooster, Bruce says, “The dancers seem to really enjoy dancing it – but the piece is much harder than it looks. On stage it appears as if they are just having a lot of fun but the discipline it requires is exacting. I always say to the dancers that the choreography has to be as accurate as a Balanchine ballet.
“Like the Rolling Stones’ music, it seems to affect and engage a whole range of generations from youngsters to 80-year-olds, which is wonderful.”
On the same playbill with Bruce’s Rooster will be a World Premiere created by Avi Scher. Scher’s first commission as a choreographer came at age 18, creating “Jouons” for American Ballet Theater’s Studio. His choreography has been praised by The New York Times as, “Intelligent and packed with technical challenges.”
On the same bill will be yet another World Premiere created specifically for TBT by Garrett Smith. When asked about Smith, Stevenson said, “He’s new, interesting, exciting and going in a different direction. I want choreographers who have something to say, and Garrett Smith does.”