4 choreographers. 3 world premieres. 2 dancing duets. 1 evening only
Co-Producers Helen Hansen French and Lauren Ree Slone will launch BEACON: a performance series for St. Pete in partnership with The Palladium Theatre at St. Petersburg College on November 14, 2015 at 8 p.m.
French and Slone were born, raised, and received high-quality dance training in Florida. While they continue to pursue national and international professional dance careers, last year they began to envision a more vibrant professional dance scene in St. Pete. Creating BEACON as a fresh performance platform, is the first of many strategies they plan to implement toward bringing dance into greater prominence in the area. Audiences can expect virtuosic dancing, bold imagery, and multidisciplinary collaborations at this kick-off event.
BEACON will focus a spotlight on four professional choreographers that call St. Petersburg home.
Michael Foley, a celebrated artist and scholar who teaches at University of South Florida, will present a solo work. Set on performer Jahrel Thompson (Sarasota Contemporary Dance), Joan is a lush portrait of the legendary figure Joan of Arc.
Choreographer / Performer Helen Hansen French has created an original work featuring local artists Rebekah Eugenia Lazaridis (visual design), Roxanne Fay (actress), Jan Neuberger (writer/actress), Paula Kramer (dancer) and herself. A St. Petersburg Arts Alliance 2015 individual grant winner, Helen offers this world premiere as a movement love letter to St. Petersburg.
Kellie Harmon’s ROGUEDANCE presents Where thou art, that is home, featuring Kellie Harmon, Crystal DelGuidice Carleigh Gee, Colleen Hanlon and Sean McDonald. Inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem of the same name, this highly physical work explores the importance of the relationships we build to art personally and socially in the community.
Artist and grant maker, Lauren Ree Slone is working in collaboration with Loren Davidson (Florida State University School of Dance teaching artist). They will perform an excerpt from a new evening-length duet, entitled for waking. The piece is a grand experiment based upon their admiration for each other as artists, and the idea that their bodies are the only homes they have.
To purchase tickets to BEACON, which includes admission to the performance and an after-party with the artists, go to www.mypalladium.org or call 727-822-3590