New York Season 2011


Tuesday-Sunday, February 15-20


Tues.-Wed. 7:30pm; Thurs.-Fri. 8pm; Sat. 2pm & 8pm; Sun. 2pm & 7:30pm


The Joyce Theater
175 8th Avenue @19th Street, NYC

   Tickets: $39, $25, $19, $10
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   The Company:

Terese Capucilli, Christine Dakin, Kevin Predmore, Virginie Mécène, Helen Hansen French, Rika Okamoto, Junichi Fukuda, Jeanene Winston, Jason Jordan, So Young An, Alexander Brady, Kurt Douglas, Lauren Jaeger, Ninia Agustin, Catherine Correa           
Apprentices: Min Young Lee, Anne O’Donnell, Stephanie van Dooren

   Guest Artists:

Martine van Hamel
Clifford David

   Live Narration: Christine Dakin, Clifford David, Kim Sykes, Jane Beller
   Recorded Narrations: Jacqulyn Buglisi, Diana de Vegh, Donald Borror, Richard Ferrone, Jeffrey Hover, Sarah Kanter, Carol Mondo, Marcus Naylor, Graciano Nunez, Chris Spiwak, SJ van Heerden.

Daniel Brewbaker

   Lighting Design: Jack Mehler, Clifton Taylor
   Set Design: Jack Mehler, Debora Mache,
   Costume Design: A. Christina Giannini
   Production Stage    Manager:

Jim French


About the Program

Letters of Love on Ripped Paper World Premiere

Choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi, a passionate descendant of Martha Graham, moves us with sublime images that touch the heart and embrace the soul. In the world premiere of Letters of Love on Ripped Paper, Buglisi is inspired by letters that extol different forms of love - romantic love, love of country, love of self - a range of wonderful letters from Pliny to Calpurnia; Queen Victoria to Prince Albert; Napoleon to Josephine; Zelda to Scott, and many more.   Buglisi's magnificent dancers and expressionistic theatricality are accompanied by an original score by Daniel Brewbaker, whose works have been performed by renowned orchestras and soloists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Frederica von Stade, Carter Brey, and St. Luke's Chamber Orchestra.

Completing the program is Requiem, one of Buglisi's classics, rich with her voluptuous visual sense and musicality.    Set to Faure's soaring Requiem, the work for five women was described by Anna Kisselgoff as "a stunning piece...extravagant and beautiful"  (The New York Times).   Requiem was inspired by the 17th century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi who, forced by the oppression of her society, used her brushes to win the admiration of kings and eventually her own legal right as an independent woman.  

Buglisi Dance Theatre's 2011 season is made possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in NYS's 62 counties, and through the generous support of the Arnhold Foundation, Howard Bayne Fund, New York Community Trust, O'Donnell Green Music and Dance Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, and American Music Center Live Music for Dance Program.



JACQULYN BUGLISI (Artistic Director). In her four decade long career as a choreographer,
artistic direc­tor, dancer and master teacher, Buglisi has made an indelible impact on the field of contem­porary dance. Renowned for highly visual, imagistic dances that use literature, history, and heroic archetypes as a primary source, Buglisi’s ballets are sweeping, passionate and always rooted in a dramatically visceral technique. She is a prolific choreographer, creating more than 65 ballets for BDT and commissioned worldwide, including the New York Flamenco Festival, Madrid and New York City Center; Shankar Performing Arts Com­pany, India; Dou Dou Huang’s Shanghai Dance En­semble; China; Prague Int’l Dance Festival; Teatro Danza Contemporanea di Roma; Rich­mond Ballet; North Carolina Dance Theatre; The Juilliard School, and the Martha Graham Dance Company, where, during her 30 year association with the company, she danced as a principal for 12 years and was featured on the nationally televised CBS presentation of the Kennedy Center Honors and the film An Eve­ning of Dance and Conversation with Mar­tha Graham. Buglisi is Chair of the Modern Department at The Ailey School, served on the faculties of The Juilliard School, the Mar­tha Graham School, LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, and holds workshops at Steps on Broadway, and, in Italy at the Teatro Carcano, Milan and the World Dance Alliance, Taranto. Her honors include the Fiorello LaGuardia Award for Ex­cellence in the field of Dance, creation grants from the National Endowment for the, Harkness Foundation for Dance, and Altria’s Women Choreog­rapher Initiative Award. An advocate for the arts, Buglisi serves on Dance/USA’s Board of Trustees as Chair, Artistic Director’s Council.

TERESE CAPUCILLI TERESE CAPUCILLI (Associate Founder/Principal Dancer) has been a prominent collaborator with BDT since 1991, bringing numerous works to the stage, including Threshold, Frida and Against All Odds, an 11-minute tour de force on Sarah Bernhardt. Ms. Capucilli has a 26 year his­tory with the Martha Graham Dance Compa­ny from Principal Dancer to Artistic Director (2002-2005) and Artistic Director Laure­ate, and is renowned for her performances of the classic roles originally performed by Ms. Graham and those created for her, which include The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring. She became critical to the research and re­construction of Graham’s early solos. A two-time award recipient from the Princess Grace Foundation, USA, she was honored with the Dance Magazine Award in 2001, and in 2009, the Presidential Distinguished Alumni Award from Purchase College. Ms. Capucilli serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School, where she staged Graham’s Appalachian Spring in 2008, and danz.fest in Cattolica, Italy.
CHRISTINE DAKIN CHRISTINE DAKIN (Associate Founder/Dancer/Narrator) Dancer, teacher, director began her collaboration with colleagues Buglisi, Capucilli and Foreman in 1992, with the solo Molting created for her by Ms. Buglisi, and has since collaborated in the creation Company repertory; Runes of the Heart, Frida, Requiem, Sand, Mean Ole World, and as narrator for Acapelorus.  She is known with the Martha Graham Dance Company as artistic director with Terese Capucilli, leading the Company to its rebirth, and for her performances since 1976, of Graham’s own roles and the roles Graham created for her in Rite of Spring and Phaedra’s Dream, partnered by Rudolf Nureyev.  She is creating a film and interactive video La Voz del Cuerpo/The Body Speaks, an international collaboration of dancers and musicians.  Twyla Tharp, Robert Wilson and Martha Clarke created dancing and speaking roles for her. Dakin was a Fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, a Fulbright scholar, had her teaching, research and choreography supported by the Rockefeller US Mexico Fund for Culture, ArtsLink, and the USIA. She received the Dance Magazine Award, a “Bessie”, is Visiting Lecturer at Harvard, on leave from The Juilliard School, teaches at the Neighborhood Playhouse, was founder, performing and teaching for Invernadero Danza in Mexico and danz.fest in Italy. Appears as narrator courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

MARTINE VAN HAMEL (Guest Artist) leapt to wide­spread public acclaim by win­ning both the Gold medal, and the seldom awarded Prix de Varna, at the international bal­let competition of 1966. She went on to stardom first with the National Ballet of Canada and followed by two illustri­ous decades as a principal dancer with Ameri­can Ballet Theatre. From 1992 to 1997, she regularly performed With Nederlands Dans Theater III. She continues to perform charac­ter roles with ABT, and is pleased to be work­ing again with Jacqulyn Buglisi following her featured role in Caravaggio Meets Hopper. She is a co-founder of Kaatsbaan Interna­tional Dance Center, a center for the creative process in dance.


VIRGINIE MÉCÈNE (Principal Dancer). Former Principal Dancer with The Martha Graham Company, Ms. Mécène joined BDT in 1994, originating roles in Ms. Buglisi’s Requiem, and Suspended Women, among others. She has worked with Pearl Lang, Susan Stroman, Lucinda Childs, and Max Luna III; choreo­graphed and taught for Metz Opera Ballet in France, Martha Graham Ensemble, Joffrey Midwest Workshop, Singapore Dance En­semble; served as Lecturer at Barnard Col­lege and set Graham’s works for Washington University, University of The Arts, Temple University; and Harvard. Her article on the Martha Graham Technique appears in the French magazine Dancer. Ms. Mécène was appointed Director of the Martha Graham School and Artistic Director of the Graham II in 2007.

RIKA OKAMOTO RIKA OKAMOTO (Principal Dancer) was a member of BDT’s 2000-02 season, appearing in the premiere cast of Requiem. Having danced for Twyla Tharp for the first time in 1993, Rika appeared in the original cast of Tharp’s Tony Award Broadway musical “Movin’ Out” and “Come Fly Away”.  She teaches Tharp technique/repertory worldwide.  Other Credits: Martha Graham Dance Co. (1992-99), Jessica Lang, Robert Wilson, Mark Morris, and Kazuko Hirabayashi; Broadway musical "Tarzan”, Film "Across the Universe" (Julie Taymore/Daniel Ezralow); Certified Yoga Alliance teacher.

HELEN HANSEN FRENCH (Principal Dancer, Rehearsal Assistant) joined BDT a graduate of The Juilliard School joined BDT in 2001. She has originated roles in Buglisi's ballets Rain, Suspended Women, The Conversation, Acapelorus: A Walrus Tale and Caravaggio Meets Hopper and has been instrumental in restaging Ms. Buglisi's works. She has served on the faculties of the Neighborhood Playhouse, The Juilliard School, and St. Petersburg College. 


JUNICHI FUKUDA (Principal Dancer) joined BDT in 2004.  He has been a member of Ballet Tech/NY, Oakland Ballet, Smuin Ballet/SF, Lar Lubovitch Dance Co., NY2 Dance, and is also currently a member of NY Baroque Dance Co., and Peridance Ensemble. He has toured throughout the US and abroad in Italy, Germany, Israel, France and Japan. Junichi appeared in the dance film “Finite & Infinite Games” produced by Thisiswater Productions.


JEANENE WINSTON (Principal Dancer) hails from Kansas City where she danced with Storling Dance Theatre. She first performed with BDT in a 2004 Joyce Theater performance of Suspended Women and, after completing The Ailey School's Fellowship Program, joined BDT in 2006 appearing in Requiem, Frida, and Wild Mannequins & Wingwalkers at Kaatsbaan Intl. Dance Center, Ralph Pucci Penthouse and The Joyce. She danced with Peridance Ensemble and Battery Dance Co., and is the proud mother of three year old Kaspar.

JASON JORDAN JASON JORDAN (Principal Dancer) began his dance career at the tender age of seven when he won five dollars for being the best dancer at a Brooklyn house party. He has since danced with Feld Ballets/NY, Ballet Tech, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Armitage Gone, Twyla Tharp, Ballet Noir, Gleich Dances, Rubberbandance, Cedar Lake, Peridance Ensemble, Battery Dance and 360 Degrees Dance Co. and, since 2005, with BDT appearing in featured roles in Sand, Rain and Interplay No. 9-1.
SO YOUNG AN SO YOUNG AN (Dancer) received her BFA from Dong-Ah University. She is the recipient of the International Seoul Arts Award and the Grand Prize at the Korea National Ballet Grand Prix. She has danced with the Korea National Ballet, OBT, Duzl Dance and has performed works by Yuri Grigorovich, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Mats Ek.  So Young joined BDT in 2008, appearing at The Joyce in 2009 in Wild Mannequins & Wing Walkers, Interplay No. 9-1, and Suspended Women.
LAUREN JAEGER LAUREN JAEGER (Dancer) joined BDT upon graduation from Marymount Manhattan College in 2008. She first performed Requiem while attending MMC and also had the honor of performing this beautiful piece in Rovereto, Italy. In addition to BDT, she performs with Ballet Ambassadors and Expressions of Grace, and teaches at Peridance-Capezio Center, Steffi Nossen School of Dance, Greenwich Dance Studio, and Manhattan Ballet.
ALEXANDER BRADY ALEXANDER BRADY (Dancer), trained at the School of American Ballet and was a member of the Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Twyla Tharp Dance, Mark Morris Dance Group (Romeo and Juliet), and Metropolitan Opera Ballet. He was in the original Broadway cast of Tharp’s "Movin' Out", "The Time's They are a Changin'" and "Come Fly Away". Film Credits: "Across the Universe", "Julie and Julia".  This is his first season with BDT.
KURT DOUGLAS KURT DOUGLAS (Dancer) originally from Guyana, trained at LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and The Boston Conservatory (BFA in Dance Performance). He has danced with Limon Dance Co., Lar Lubovitch, Thang Dao Dance Co., Ballet Hispanico, Sean Curran Co. In 2002 Kurt received the Princess Grace Award and, in 2006, he was named one of the "TOP 25 TO WATCH” in Dance Magazine. Kurt joined BDTin 2010.
NINIA AGUSTIN NINIA AGUSTIN (Dancer) graduated summa cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program.  While at Ailey, she performed works by Alvin Ailey, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Ronald K. Brown, Lar Lubovitch, and Bill T. Jones. She has performed internationally in Mexico and Spain. This is her first year with the BDT. 
CATHERINE CORREA CATHERINE CORREA (Dancer) from Bogota, Colombia, joined BDT in 2010. As well as being classically trained in ballet and contemporary movement, she has worked in multimedia tango pieces, and in theater at La MaMa with the New Stage Theater Company.
MIN YOUNG LEE MIN YOUNG LEE (Apprentice) is a graduate of the Korea National University of Arts and the Martha Graham School. In 2004, she performed with the Laboratory Dance Project Co. She joined BDT in 2010.
ANNE O’DONNELL ANNE O’DONNELL (Apprentice) attended Goucher College and is in the Fellowship program at The Ailey School. She attended the 2010 Contemporary Program at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and is thrilled to be apprenticing with BDT.
STEPHANIE VAN DOOREN STEPHANIE VAN DOOREN (Apprentice) trained at the Dutch National Ballet Academy and at the Martha Graham School on scholarship from the Van den Ende Fnd and the Han Lammersfonds. She joined BDT in 2010. 

DANIEL BREWBAKER (Composer/Pianist) renowned composer holds the distinction of being the first American commissioned to compose a work for the legendary Kirov Orchestra and Chorus in St. Petersburg, Russia, conducted by Valery Gergiev.  He holds a Master and Doctorate degree from the Juilliard School where he also taught. In Rome and other European musical centers he became acquainted with many of the major composers of the last half-century. He has created scores of compositions in all genres with the world’s leading performers. Daniel has collaborated previously with Jacqulyn Buglisi on the ballet Splendor commissioned by the Juilliard School.


CLIFFORD DAVID (Narration) was featured in the principal casts and on the original cast albums of such hit Broadway musicals as Wildcat with Lucille Ball, 1776 with William Daniels, Alan Jay Lerner's On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. His extensive theater credits also include The Aspern Papers, Camino Real with Al Pacino, Joan of Arc with Dorothy McGuire, and Nine with Raul Julia. He appeared in Joseph Papp’s production of Hamlet in Central Park and has starred regularly in many regional theater productions. His feature film credits include M. Night Shyamalan's Signs with Mel Gibson, The Exorcist III with George C. Scott, Fort Apache, The Bronx with Paul Newman and The Betsy with Lawrence Olivier and he portrayed Beethoven in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Television viewers have seen him in productions ranging from the mini-series Blind Ambition, to political dramas Fear on Trial, and Missiles of October, to episodic dramas and comedies such as Bonanza, Charlie's Angels, Mary Tyler Moore, Murphy Brown, Party of Five, Murder, She Wrote, Will & Grace and Law & Order. Clifford co-directed and co-starred with Tommy Perna in the short film Changes of Distance.


KIM SYKES (Narration) can be seen in the soon to be released Independent film, Pariah later this year as well as the film, Coming Up Roses starring Bernadette Peters. She has a short story titled, Arrivederci, Aldo which is included in the Best African American Fiction of 2010. Reading for Buglisi Dance Theatre is a dream come true.  

JANE BELLER JANE BELLER (Narration) is a New York based actress who formerly lived and worked - on stage and screen - in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Paris. Since living in NYC, she has established a voiceover career for herself. Jane can be heard as the cartoon ant for "Air Wick Freshmatic Mini", and in many a Turner Classic Movie promo. She was the promo voice of The Discovery Home Channel for many years, as well as the voiceover in television campaigns for Always, Elidel, and Quaker Chewy Bars, and can be heard in thousands of radio spots and video games, playing a wide array of characters. She is awed to be in the company of such great artistic talent and beauty with Buglisi Dance Theatre.
  JACK MEHLER (Lighting/Projection Designer)Jack Mehler (Lighting/Projection Designer)has designed more than a dozen ballets for BDT since 1998. Other dance credits include: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Donald Byrd/Spectrum Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Norwegian National Opera Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. Jack also represents arts organizations building or renovating performance venues.
  CLIFTON TAYLOR (Lighting Designer) has created lighting, projection and scenic designs for theater, dance and opera companies around the world.  His designs for BDT have included Bare to the Wall, Frida, Sospiri, Requiem, Suspended Women, Acapelorus: A Walrus Tale and The Conversation.  Broadway credits include“Jay Johnson: The Two and Only (Ovation Award & LA Drama Critics Circle Nomination), among others. His work can be seen in the repertories of the Rambert Dance Company (London), American Ballet Theatre (NY), the San Francisco Ballet, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (NY), and new works for Lar Lubovitch, Elisa Monte Karole Armitage, Lila York, Helgi Thomasson, Trey Macintyre, and Farruquito.  Since 1995, he has also designed for the Juilliard School's Dance Division, premiering many works there that have become a part of the standard repertory at dance companies around the world, and starting with the 2008/2009 academic year, Mr. Taylor has been named to the faculty in the dance division teaching design for dancers.  
  A. CHRISTINA GIANNINI (Costume Designer) has designed for Broadway and off-Broadway, on television, and internationally. Her designs can be seen in the repertoires of the BDT, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Hong Kong Ballet.   
  JIM FRENCH (Production Stage Manager) has worked with numerous companies in addition to BDT including Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Twyla Tharp Dance, Richmond Ballet, Jennifer Muller/The Works, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. 
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