Location for performances:
1300 La Quinta Drive
Orlando Florida 32809
Dance Theatre of Orlando presented by ME Dance INC. - 2017 Season
CHANGE: 8:30p.m. March 24-26.
iDance Festival: 8p.m. April 29, 30
Orlando Tap Festival - 2017
GRAVITY: July 14-16 8:30pm
National Dance Day Performance at ME Theatre July 29 Free
The Nuthouse: 830pm Dec 1-3
Dance Theatre of Orlando Presents
For more information call 407-816-7080.
International Dance Concert with Dance Theater of Orlando and Uniqart Dance Company.
September 16, 17, & 18 at 8:30pm
Dance Theatre of Orlando and Uniqart Dance Company from Spain will share the stage in an International Dance Concert with new choreographic works by Marshall Ellis and Vitali Safronkine. This venue is produced by ME Dance, Inc. Charity and will take place at ME Theater on Friday, September 16, 17, 18, 2016 at 8:30pm.
The Dance Theatre of Orlando is funded through ME Dance, Inc., a charity that serves as a beacon of light in the Central Florida arts community. ME Dance, Inc. is a not-for-profit arts organization founded by Marshall Ellis. The mission of ME Dance, Inc. is to introduce innovative ideas through dance to create growth in the arts community and to enrich the arts community by providing an outlet to feature talent in art through entertainment. The organization is determined to assist other local dance organizations and dance students throughout community, regardless of affiliation.
Uniqart Dance Company was founded in 2015 by Marsha Rodriguez, Iker Murillo, and Vitali Safronkine, international dance artists who have performed in multiple stages around the world such as: “The Bolshoi Theater” in Moscow, Russia, “Tokyo Bunka Kaikan” in Japan, The Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and the Versailles Opera House in France, among others. They performed soloist and principal roles with The Zurich Ballet (Switzerland), The Béjart Ballet Lausanne, The Alonzo King LINES Ballet (U.S.A.), and Ballet Basel (Switzerland).
The troupe of 10 dancers is based out of San Sebastian, Spain and their performances are comprised of original choreography by Vitali Safronkine, who combines abstract art ideas with classical and contemporary music.
In their first year they have performed in Martigny (Switzerland), Segovia (Spain), and London, (England), Biarritz, (France), and Dubai (UAE), to name a few. Marsha Rodriguez, who said: “These artists are passionate about exposing neo-classical ballet to different cultures in creative and non-traditional ways in order to make Performing Arts more accessible to everyone”, looks forward to UDC’s future projects which will be focused on collaborating with classical and contemporary live musicians and singers.
Iker Murillo is from the Basque country, San Sebastian, Spain. He is UDC’s artistic director and dancer who has performed with the Zurich Ballet, Ballet Basel and The Bejart Ballet Lausanne. His ballet training took place in the “John Cranko Ballet School” in Stuttgart, Germany. He was named “Dancer of the year” in 2010’s edition of “Ballettanz Magazine”.
Marsha Rodriguez is of Puerto Rican descent and studied under a full-awarded scholarship in The School of American Ballet in New York City at the age of twelve. A guest soloist dancer with the Alonzo King LINES Ballet and a soloist for six years with the Bejart Ballet Lausanne, has placed her on stages all around the world. One of her career highlights was her principal role performance in the Gardens of the Palace of Versailles in France where she danced the lead role in Maurice Bejart’s ballet “Bhakti”.
Vitali Safronkine is a Russian born choreographer and dancer. He has danced and choreographed for the Ballet Basel in Switzerland, and the majority of his dance career took place in The Zurich Ballet. He has been commissioned to create choreographies by The Baletto di Siena in Italy, and The Béjart Ballet Lausanne. In 2016, Vitali was a finalist in the Emergent Choreographer’s Competition in Biarritz, France.
Venue: ME Theater
1300 La Quinta Drive Orlando FL 32809
Dates: September 16, 17, & 18 at 8:30pm
Tickets: $20 General Admission - Free Parking
In Person: ME Theater Ticket Office (1300 La Quinta Drive)
KEYS – Mixed Rep - July 15-17, 2016 at 8:30pm
DANCE THEATRE OF ORLANDO PREMIERES K.E.Y.S., A CHOREOGRAPHER’S SHOWCASE JULY 15-17
K.E.Y.S collects various dance pieces to represent the different keys of life to find happiness – with a special number created to pay tribute to the victims of the recent Orlando tragedy.
In conjunction with its current season’s uplifting themes of life, happiness and self-improvement, K.E.Y.S. features a collection of pieces from various choreographers that will each represent different keys of life to find happiness. The individual dance pieces all have similar reoccurring elements that will blend them together into a seamless production, despite each piece’s unique direction from a different artist.
The show will feature five different choreographers with varying backgrounds, skills and experiences. These are:
Marshall Ellis – Ellis is the founder and artistic director of the Dance Theatre of Orlando, the Marshall Ellis Dance School and ME Theatre. With more than two and a half decades of dance and choreography experience, Ellis’ credits include Ballet Austin, London Studio Centre, Orlando Ballet, Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba and Walt Disney World.
Daniel Hunalp – Hunalp’s training has encompassed several different dance styles throughout his life, starting dance at just six years of age. He has attended several notable schools and performed for various companies, including: Sarasota Ballet, Ann Reinkings Broadway Theatre Project, Tap Dogs, Norwegian Cruise Line and Walt Disney World.
Alex Jones – In addition to graduating from the University of South Florida, Jones has trained with The Dance Center at Satya Life, Highland School of Dance, Harrison Arts Center and LINES Ballet. Jones has worked with Alonzo King, Bill T. Jones and Doug Varone. He has performed in Tunisia, Africa, on behalf of the American Embassy as well as at Walt Disney World in various shows. He is currently the artistic director of Collective Soles Dance Company in Tampa, Fla.
Jani Walsh-Weber – After spending 20 years as a professional dancer, Walsh-Weber has accumulated a wealth of experience throughout her career, performing in some of Broadway’s greatest works, such as: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, A Chorus Line, Starlight Express, Sweet Charity, Cats and West Side Story. She is currently a directing consultant and choreographer for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and Disney Event Group.
Cindy Wilson – As a graduate of the New York University Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Dance, Wilson has performed with several modern dance companies in NYC and regional theatres. She has choreographed international pieces in Japan and Canada, as well as pieces for Viking
Cruises and Disney Cruise Line. She is currently a choreographer for Walt Disney World, working on pieces for parades, conventions, stage shows and TV shows.
Each of the talented choreographers have created and choreographed original pieces for K.E.Y.S., each featuring their own unique style and music. The night will unfold with moving pieces that reflect various stages and aspects of life and how each individual deals with them. The K.E.Y.S. collection will feature the following dances:
Lives! A Tribute (Wilson) – A tribute to the victims of the tragic Orlando nightclub shooting that happened June 12, 2016, ending the lives of 49 individuals. The piece will feature live drummers and singers, and will kick off with a song titled Wading in the Water – written, composed and performed by France Neil. *Donations will be accepted during the show to aid the One Orlando Fund.
Love ME (Ellis) – Original work telling the story of three girls trying to find a key to someone’s heart set to music by Ben E. King.
Discombobulate (Ellis) – An original work accompanied by music from Hans Zimmer that showcases life’s distractions and the disconnected parts of life.
Sam I Am (Ellis) – A kinetic solo performed by company dancer Christopher McKenzie to music by Sam Smith.
Fear A Bhata or “Boatman” (Ellis) – An original solo peerformed by company dancer Lauren Sherwood to live music. Fear A Bhata (Boatman) is a traditional Gaelic song estimated to be from the late 1700s, and the clarinet version will be played live during the dance by performer Jessica Pollack. Music composed by Chelsea Komschlies.
o Pollack graduated Northwestern University cum laude in 2013, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance under Steve Cohen, Lawrie Bloom, and Leslie Grimm. She studied chamber music at IES Vienna and the University of Vienna under Stefan Neubauer of the Vienna State Opera House. She is actively involved in the performing arts and music community, producing many story-heavy shows and performing regionally.
Love, in Darkest Hour (Jones) – The works of composer Daniel Hope and visual artist Gwen Luffman come together with Alex Jones’ choreography for this touching ensemble piece.
Ain’t it a Kick in the Head (Walsh-Weber) – This piece is heavily influenced by Walsh-Weber’s time as a dance captain for Broadway’s Dancin’, with choreography that resembles Bob Fosse’s movement style and technique.
Stay a Little Longer (Hunalp) – An original piece set to the musical duo Brothers Osborne’s song of the same name.
K.E.Y.S. will have a three performances during the July 15-17 weekend at 8:30 p.m. at the ME Theatre (1300 La Quinta Drive, Orlando, FL, 32809). Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Each show lasts an hour and 45 minutes, including an interactive 15-minute intermission. Beer, wine, water, soda and light snacks are available for purchase. Tickets are $20 per person.
TOUCH – The Human Experience by Dance Theatre of Orlando Transports Audiences to the Great Depression with a Cast of Unique Characters
ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 24, 2016) – The Dance Theatre of Orlando announced today the details of its upcoming performance TOUCH – The Human Experience. This show is the first created under the dance company’s new name (formerly known as ME Dance Company) and represents the direction in which the company is headed for future productions.
TOUCH – The Human Experience will have a total of six performances during two weekends: March 4-6 and March 11-13 at 8:30 p.m. at the ME Theatre. This new production will transport the audience into the era of the Great Depression as it introduces 12 characters whose lives come together in loosely interrelated tales, all set to music by Bruce Springsteen. The performance kicks off with a pre-show video to set the mood of the era and explain the start of what would result in one of the biggest financial crises of the United States’ history due to the collapse of the stock market.
As the story unfolds, we are first introduced to Billy (Abram Garcia) and Diamond Jackie (Alex Schudde), the lead couple whose story is interwoven throughout the show to showcase how they handle their relationship struggle through trying times after Billy develops a fascination for the Fish Lady (Sara Rose Smith). The dynamic chemistry portrayed during their introductory dance will have the audience fall in love with these characters and cheer for the recuperation of their relationship throughout the struggles, but only time will tell what will become of their relationship.
As the show continues, the audience is continually introduced to a cast of new characters who all hold endearing and relatable traits that evolve through the show as they each try to figure out how to survive the Great Depression and find their true selves. The wide assortment of personalities include: Vibes Man (Christopher McKenzie) who is searching for his lost soul; Frank and Mary (Nathan Greenberg and Lauren Sherwood), the wide-eyed, innocent and bashful coming-of-age couple in the countryside; and many others who represent different social and economic classes.
As all of their lives come together, there is one inevitable factor that continues to motivate them to push through: the human touch. Each character gets by with a little help from each other. Despite their own struggles, they make an effort to help raise each other up it ultimately leads to a reawakening of each character. Each song from Bruce Springsteen is specifically selected to represent the emotions and current hardships of the characters, which creates a smooth, consistent transition between all of the different stories as they blend together.
TOUCH – The Human Experience will run March 4-6 and 11-13 at 8:30 p.m. at ME Theatre (1300 La Quinta Drive, Orlando, FL 32809). Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Each show lasts an hour and 45 minutes, including an interactive 15-minute intermission. Beer, wine, water, soda and light snacks are available for purchase. Tickets are $20 per person.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit DanceTheatreOrlando.com or call 407-816-7080.
TOUCH – The Human Experience - March 4-6, 11-13 2016 at 8:30pm