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…a contemporary ballet company dedicated to the continued evolution of dance by maximizing arts development opportunities and innovations, promoting outstanding creativity and curating works for presentation to a worldwide audience. Connecticut based Mystic Ballet has amassed a most diverse repertoire by choreographers, which include works by such dance makers as Stephan Toss, Sergei Vanaev, Sidra Bell, Jozsef Csaba Hajzer, Gabrielle Lamb, Lauren Edson, Brian Enos and Austin McCormick. With support from the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism, the company has toured regionally in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and internationally to Germany, Japan, Brazil, Central America- Nicaragua. In 2012, and 2013 Mystic Ballet was invited to perform at Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, Inside Out Series.
For this season MB has produced several touring productions.
We Have Been
…featured in several high-profile media outlets, including The New York Times, Europe’s Dance For You Magazine, Dance Teacher Now, NPR and all local media outlets. We have been awarded support and major grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pfizer, The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (Foxwoods), The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, The Community Foundation, and received an official Citation from the State of Connecticut for “Mystic Ballet’s ongoing contribution to the cultural and artistic life of the region. The extraordinary talent and creative genius of Goran Subotic and the Mystic Ballet have brought a new dimension of beauty to our community and our state.” Donald Williams, President Pro Tempore; Christopher Donovan, Speaker of the House; Susan Bysiewicz, Secretary of the State. We have also been recognized as “the most progressive ballet company in the region” by the town of Stonington CT.
…continue our legacy - Along with enthusiastic audience support, critical acclaim by The New York Times “Top-Noch Ballet” (Kathryn Shattuck), its works and artistry described as “tantalizing, dreamily executed as if a mirage” (Sharma Howard, The Day), Mystic Ballet sustains its mission to: -Provide world-class performances – Promoting outstanding creativity and artistic excellence nationally and internationally -Provide Family Programming through its “Dance Me A Story” – Family Series -Increase understanding of the cultural and social importance of the arts and art of dance -Maximize arts development opportunities and innovations -Provide the best technical and artistic training for dancers This mission is the foundation for a legacy, to make dance accessible to the widest possible public through touring, educational programs, the creative use of media, and other outreach efforts, and by doing so expand the Company’s audience and art of dance.
Hiroko maehara | japan aleksander subotic | america Ting yu tsai | Taiwan Ervin Vallecillo | nicaragua alejandro ulloa zepeda | nicaragua
Goran Subotic, Artistic Director A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Mr. Subotic earned a Ph.D. in Economy. He also holds a bachelors degree of Economics of Tourism. In April of 1997 he founded Mystic Ballet. Even though a businessman by trade, he embraced the arts from a young age. For the last twenty years he has devoted his time to the development of Mystic Ballet as well as performing arts in New England. His presence, and devotion for the arts was recognized in the US and abroad. On September 26th, Mr. Subotic was publicly recognized by the State of Connecticut: “In recognition of the ongoing contribution to the cultural and artistic life of the region. The extraordinary talent and creative genius of Goran Subotic and the Mystic Ballet have brought a new dimension of beauty to our community and our state.” Susan Bysiewicz, Secretary of the State. From its inception Mr. Subotic was directly involved in the artistic expression of Mystic Ballet, bringing in renowned artists from the US and abroad. In 1999 he brought Madam Alla Osipenko, and in 2007 Sergei Vanaev, to help develop the highest artistic merit, for the company and its educational programs. Serving as Executive Director and Artistic Director, he is responsible for Mystic Ballet’s artistic growth domestically and internationally, as well as the financial stability of the company. He served as a director on the founding board of the CT Dance Alliance, and served as artistic evaluator for the RI Council of the Arts. As an inventor, he holds a number of copyrights including the US patents for Custom Ballet Pointe Shoes. Sergei Vanaev, Assistant Artistic Director was born on April 15th, 1967 in Russia. At the age of 10 he was accepted into one of the most renowned schools of ballet, The Ballet Academy of the Bolshoi Theater. After 8 years of comprehensive studies in the Arts, he graduated with honors in 1985. Sergei Vanaev is recognized internationally as an accomplished dancer, teacher and Artistic Director. He assumed the position of Assistant Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of Mystic Ballet in 2007. After spending 16 years as principal dancer, with The Moscow Classical Ballet, Deutsche Opera Rhein in Dusseldorf, Oper Der Sadt Bonn, and Theater Der Stadt Dortmund, Vanaev served as assistant to the ballet director of the Theater Dortmund. In 2004 Mr. Vanaev assumed the position of Artistic Director of Stadttheater Bremerhaven Ballet where he has defined the Company’s image with his own classical and neo-classical works, ranging from full-length ballets to contemporary works and world premieres. As a guest choreographer his works are performed throughout Europe, North America, and Japan. In 2007 Mr. Vanaev took on the position of Assistant Artistic Director and resident choreographer for Mystic Ballet. As the company’s resident choreographer, Vanaev is creating numerous world premieres for Mystic Ballet as well as staging various works from his repertory for the company. Mr.Vanaev was recently honored by the Legendary Russian Prima Ballerina, Maya Plisetskaya, when she presented him with the Maya Plisetskaya Prize for Best Choreography of the Year 2006, stating, “What you’ve done, Sergei, has it’s own soul and unparalleled quality.”
Gabrielle Lamb, Chorographer is a native of Savannah, Georgia, and was trained at the Boston Ballet School. She joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal in 2000 and was promoted to soloist in 2003. Since 2009, she has been performing with Morphoses and Pontus Lidberg Dance. Her repertoire includes principal roles in works by George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Peter Quanz, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, and Nacho Duato. She has also created leading roles in new works by Shen Wei, Stijn Celis, Pontus Lidberg, Luca Veggetti, and Emery LeCrone, among others. Ms. Lamb is also a self-taught video artist and animator. She won the 2009 National Choreographic Competition of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; and her dance works for stage and screen have been presented by Hubbard Street 2, BalletX, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the American Dance Festival, Dance Camera West, the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), the Festival du Nouveau Cinema de Montreal, the Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center, and the Festival VideoDanzaBA (Buenos Aires). In 2012 she was commissioned by Mystic Ballet to create “Marooned” and “Transit of Venus”. These works premiered at Jacobs Pillow, Inside/Out the same year.
Lauren Edson, Choreographer originally from Boise, Idaho began her training at Ballet Idaho Academy and Westside Dance Academy (OR). She continued her formal studies at North Carolina School of the Arts and The Juilliard School, under the direction of the late Benjamin Harkarvy. She is a 2003 alumnus of the School at Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Dance Program. She most recently danced with the acclaimed Trey McIntyre Project. While a part of this celebrated company she was featured in several of McIntyre’s works. Her past professional experiences include: Hubbard Street 2, Ballet Idaho and Idaho Dance Theatre. She has had the privilege to perform the works of Jose Limon, Paul Taylor, Angelin Perljicov, Robert Battle, Alex Ketley and Pina Bausch, among others. As a choreographer, she has won numerous awards and grants. She was recently chosen as a finalist for McCallum Theater’s 15th Annual Dance Under the Stars Choreography Competition in Palm Desert, CA. In February 2012, she won the Great Works Dance Project Choreography Prize, a National Choreography Competition affiliated with Western Michigan University. Her work, “Foreground” was chosen to perform at the Kennedy Center in May 2012 as part of the National College Dance Festival. She was selected to participate in The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2011 and 2010 Seattle, affiliated with the Joyce Theatre. In 2009, she won the Northwest Dance Project’s first annual Pretty Creative’s International Choreographic Competition.
Choreography Lauren Edson, Premiere Date August 8, 2013. Review - Elaine Schmidt, Journal Sentential Online “Edson created a constantly shifting feel of romance and tension. Dancers pulled together with tender, intimate movements and gestures, only to strain against each other and push each other away. Her vocabulary of movement ranged from stylized, mechanical bits to starkly lighted poses and fluid, connected couples’ work.” Full work 20 minutes, can be arranged to 10 or 15 min. Available for touring Fall 2013.
Choreography Sergei Vanaev, Performed At Jacob’s Pillow August 16, 2013. Dramatic. Striking. Awe-Inspiring. This contemporary version of Swan Lake is choreographed by Bolshoi trained Sergei Vanaev, to the dramatic score of Tchaikovsky. After an acclaimed debut in Europe, this powerful avant-garde retelling premières in the US. The artists of Mystic Ballet unravel a story of love, betrayal, and sacrifice through the lives of two brothers; one fighting for his place in life and the other for the throne. Review - Sharma Haward, The Day “Clearly, choreographer Sergei Vanaev’s treatment of “Swan Lake” is not conventional –This is for contemporary audiences, it keeps the lush score by Tchaikovsky and the enchanted element of swan-humans, but has its own story line that plucks at the primal chords inherent in human nature – envy, desire, covetousness, and the ego’s ceaseless battle between good and evil. It rises from the muck of primeval emotions to explore humanity’s aspirations for enlightenment.” Full work (I act) 25 minutes, can be arranged to 17 min.
Choreography Gabrielle Lamb, Premiere Date October 19, 2013. Award winning Choreographer Gabrielle Lamb, set Cadastre on the company past summer. This work has the dancers inhabit a work environment that calls on them to measure themselves, each other, and to recalibrate as they negotiate relationships and responsibilities. It’s very provocative, very satisfying for people hungry for dance that is layered, and organic. Of her works the Journal Sentential said, “Lamb created an emotional tug by placing some dancers in interactive ensemble bits, with one or two dancers isolated, outside of the group. That constantly shifting, sometimes divided focus, which ran like a thread through the piece, proved thoroughly engrossing.” Full work 8 minutes. Available for touring Fall 2013.
Sun & Steel
Choreography Lauren Edson, Premiere Date October 6, 2012. Performed at Jacobs’ Pillow Inside/Out Seres 2013. Same year toured Japan & Nicaragua. Review by Sharma Howard, Dance Critic for The Day “A truly romantic and lyrical excerpt by Laura Edson. Primarily a duet that pairs the dynamic Subotic and Maehara, this ballet lifts the spirit, is hauntingly gorgeous and also demands a technical and athletic prowess in its lifts and intricacies. The work blends the two dichotomies with a harmony that inspired Edson – the belief by Japanese author Yukio Mishima that Japanese culture contains both beauty and brutality. The dance unfolds in a surreal landscape where the breadth of human emotion – the sublime and the raw – blossom.” Full work 20 minutes, can be arranged to 10 or 15 min. Available for touring Fall 2013.
The style of the piece is Baroque, and features five couples performing court dances in the mannered Baroque style but with some contemporary verve that was bleded with drama and sensuality of 16 century. The dance is a visual stunner, with men sporting the cascading ruffs of the era and the women in elaborate skirts and garters as well as towering hairstyles. They also dance with huge fans, and the men are in masks. New York Times wrote about Austin McCormick: “…his inventive works are a brainy, high-entertainment mix of music-hall, cabaret, theater and dance.”
Press Release Information: Praised by domestic and international critics as a premiere contemporary dance company, Mystic Ballet gives life to the repertoire of internationally known choreographers. Established in Mystic, CT by Goran Subotic in 1997, hailed by The New York Times as ‘Top-Notch Ballet’, MB presents an annual subscription series and tours nationally and internationally Europe, Japan and Central America. In 2012/13 Mystic Ballet performed at Jacobs Pillow, Inside/Out. The company has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, and the Community Foundation of Southeastern CT. For more information about Mystic Ballet, please visit www.mysticballet.org or call the MB offices at 860-536-3671.
Technical Rider The following technical information is presented as a general overview; however, MB can be flexible in order to accommodate the needs of each presenter. The stage: Proscenium stage or other performing space, approximately 40’ x 25’. The floor should be covered by vinyl dance flooring. Crossover space is preferred but not necessary. Technical requirements: black scrim, black legs creating wings on each side, theater lighting capabilities including side lights, washes, and overhead specials. MB will provide presenter with detailed lighting and hanging plots. The Company will need approximately two hours to load in, five hours to hang and focus, and four hours for technical rehearsal (depending on the production). Preferably the technical rehearsal occurs the day before the performance(s). Sound: The Company travels with recorded music in CD/DVD format. Crew: MB travels with a Technical Director who will serve as the lighting director during the run of the show. The presenter should provide the following crew: 4 people for load-in/load-out, 4 people for run of show (sound, lights, 2 grips). Back stage communications – minimum of 4 wired/wireless units-2 channel preferable. Dressing Rooms: Two separate dressing rooms with counters, mirrors, sinks, toilets and showers. Hospitality: MB requests non-carbonated bottled water, juice, yogurt, fruit, pasta and deli tray on day of technical rehearsal and day of show.
For Booking Please Contact: GORAN SUBOTIC, Artistic Director / Executive Director Mystic Ballet 325 Mistuxet Ave. P.O. Box 429 Mystic CT 06355 – USA Phone: 860.536.3671 Fax: 860.572.8459 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mysticballet.org
Company Staff: Goran Subotic, Artistic Director / Executive Director Sergei Vanaev, Assistant Artistic Director Desiree Subotic, Director of Operations EVE CHAN, Ballet Mistress Hiroko Maehara, Rehearsal Director ZORICA GATIC, Executive Assistant & PR Glenn Goettler, Company Photographer Phil LaVallee, Technical Director Jean Little, Lightnig Director Steven de Castro, Physical Therapist
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