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CREATIVE CROSSROADS - CULTURAL DIPLOMACY IN A CHANGING WORLD

BBB Westchester/LA 2019

DIPLOMACY PROGRAM

The Ballet Beyond Borders - BBB
Cultural Diplomacy in a Changing World

Please note: “The Hidden Tears Project” and “Dancing Through Transition” address difficult topics and are not recommended for young children.

9:00am - 9:05am
Welcome to Creative Crossroads - Cultural Diplomacy in a Changing World
Bryant Keith Alexander, PhD, Dean and Professor of the College of Communications & Fine Arts at Loyola Marymount University

9:05am - 9:25am
Performances from the artists of Tatarstan and the Russian Federation:
"To the Point of Exhaustion" - Nurbek Batullin, winner of the Golden Mask, the highest honor for an artist in Russia with Islam Valeev, Musician
Introduction by Milena Oganesyan, PhD, Cultural Anthropology & Zulfia Avzalova-Nigmedzyanova, President Alfia Avzalova Foundation (AAF)
Singers Ruslan Saifutdinov, Zarina Vildanova, Guzel Ahmadeeva, Almas Husainov
National Tatar Dance from the Tatar region of the Russian Federation with Aigul Kiamova and Rail Ganiev
Performance - From Kazan, Tatarstan - This is a structured improvisation, which consists of three parts:
Part 1 - Diagonal - life, spiritual path
Part 2 - Dance at one point. The point is off-center.
Part 3- Whirling. No unnecessary movements, cleansing, vertical.

9:25am - 9:55am
"The Dance that made me a Dancer" with Rosalynde LeBlanc & Natalie Dial
Introduction by Natalie Dial, DrPH Candidate
Rosalynde LeBlanc Professor and Chair of Dance, College of Communication and Fine Arts

9:55am - 10:00am
Performances from the artists of Venice, Italy
Emiliano Candiago, Celine Armellin, Natascha Zeni

10:00am - 10:55am
Sophie Rebecca, “Dancing Through Transition” & The Trevor Project
Introduction by Natalie Dial, DrPH Candidate
Academy Award winning film from LMU Professor Peggy Rajski, Dean, LMU School of Television and Braden - Lay Michaels , Chief Development Officer followed by a personal talk with dancer Sophie Rebecca from the United Kingdom . Sophie will reveal her journey to self acceptance and the role ballet has played. She will discuss what the future of gender fluidity in dance may become.

10:55am - 11:00am
Performances from the artists of Cluj Napoc, Romania
Alina Ciceo and Damsa Radu

11:00am - 11:45am
"The World of Lizt" - A presentation about the experience of creating our Cuban dance company and school in our own style and it's impact on our country and worldwide with Lizt Alfonso
Introduction by Caridad Martinez, former principal dancer with National Ballet of Cuba, has performed in many of the worlds greatest theaters including La Scala Milano, the Champs Elysses in Paris, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the Beaux Arts Theater in Mexico City and the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. Ms. Martinez is happy to currently bring the Cuban methodology to the Alvin Ailey School.

11:45am - 11:55am
Performances from the artists of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, with David Potskhishvili, Artistic Director of the Little Stars of Georgian National Ballet and Milena Oganesyan, PhD Cultural Anthropology
“The Caucasian Dance” with Tsotne Gabadze, Konstantine Tutberidze, Nino Kartvelishvili, Aleksandre Khundzakishvili, Nikoloz Abramishvili, Luka Razmadze, Lika Khunchukashvili, Mariami Kalandadze

11:55am - 12:00pm
Suhan Chen, PhD, Executive Director, China Initiative, MT Office of Commissioner of Higher Education, Board member, Confucius Institute at MT
Performances from the Artists from Chongqing, China from the Shanhu Experimental Primary School with Directors Ying Zeng, Zhenyu Yang, Xin Peng, You Wu

12:00pm - 12:10pm
Performances from the artists of Pakistan with Syed Jamal Shah, Director General, Pakistan National Council of the Arts, Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage with Shakout Ali & Amir Shahzad, Dhole Drummers

12:10pm - 12:15pm
Performance from Isaih Kim, USA
“Surviving America”

12:15pm - 1:05 pm
Jordan Marinov presents:
Shades of Red, Virtual Reality film that uses dance and real survivor testimonials to tell stories about women’s rights. The dancers move through different Shades of Red: fabric, water, powder, light and rose pedals to talk about sexual assault, equal pay, LGBTQ rights and disabilities.
Produced by: Hidden Tears Project, Strange Reality, Heather Umberger and John Canning
Creator/Choreographer: Jordan Marinov
Co-creator: Jason Gurvitz
Directed by: Jenn Duong
Dancers: Georgina Pazcoguin and Salish Kootenai performance Kya - Rae Dede Rose Arthur

1:05pm - 1:15pm
Closing Remarks from Charlene Campbell Carey, President of BBB and Performance by Doris Topete’s Dance Artists from Guadalajara, Mexico

We encourage you to join us at the BBB Awards Ceremony and Gala!
Thank you for coming!

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Shades of Red is a Virtual Reality film that uses dance and real survivor testimonials to tell stories about women’s rights. The dancers move through different Shades of Red: fabric, water, powder, light and rose pedals to talk about sexual assault, equal pay, LGBTQ rights and disabilities. 

The first chapter about sexual assault features a soloist from the NYC Ballet, Gloria Allred and Alysia Reiner. 

Produced by: Hidden Tears Project, Strange Reality, Heather Umberger and John Canning 
Creator/Choreographer: Jordan Marinov
Co-creator: Jason Gurvitz 
Directed by: Jenn Duong

Hidden Tears Project is a social impact film company that uses media to inspire and affect change. 

Strange Reality a Virtual Reality incubation project produced by Uffect Corp.  The Strange Team focuses on building immersive experiences and developing sensor-based hardware to interact in virtual environments.

Photo credit: Hannah Benet
Dancer: Georgina Pazcoguin



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DANCING THROUGH TRANSITION
"A personal & intimate talk about my journey to self acceptance, the role ballet has played & what the future of gender fluidity in dance may look like."

Sophie will have a special event during Creative Crossroads diplomacy conference in collaboration with the Trevor Project.

THERE IS ROOM FOR EVERYONE

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Braden Lay-Michaels   he, him, his    Chief Development Officer of the Trevor Project

Braden Lay-Michaels he, him, his

Chief Development Officer of the Trevor Project












 

BALLET BEYOND BORDERS - CREATIVE CROSSROADS - CULTURAL DIPLOMACY IN A CHANGING WORLD

University Center Ballroom, 3rd Floor University Center

Saturday January 12, 2019

 

 

9 :00 AM -  WELCOME

Master of Ceremony : Charlene Campbell Carey , President of Ballet Beyond Borders 

 

9:05 -  Opening Performance, “ANYTHING GOES” - Around the World with Ballet Beyond Borders and children from the Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre School . Choreography by Mr. Shuffles, Scott Nicholls.

                              

9:10 -  10:00 AM -  THE HIDDEN TEARS PROJECT , with Choreographer & Filmmaker Jordan Marinov                                    

                                    Moderator - Julie Sirrs 

Live Performance from Jordan Marinov 

 

Short Film Presentation and stories from the Hidden Tears project   

  

                   Panel Discussion - Jordan Marinov with Clarissa Charlie and  Kya Rae Dede Rose 

 

Exhibit -  The Red Dress Display : Commemorating and honoring the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls 

 

                    Performance -  The Sound of Healing : Jingle Dress Dance - Kya & Clara 

 

10:00 - 10:10AM   Peace-building Performance from the Unison Dance School, Israel.

Introduction by Dana Blecher, Director of Cultural Affairs, the Consulate General of Israel. Director Moran Barak, Dancers Leann Reizer and Elinor Ostrovsky

 

10:10 - 11:00AM    THERE IS ROOM FOR EVERYONE - Sophie Rebecca from the United Kingdom. Presentation and discussion about the new generation of dancers that are challenging Ballets rigid gender norms. Moderated by Dr. Karin Opacich, 

 

11:00 - 11:15AM -  Contemporary Performances from BBB Competitors from Dance City - Marika Derton , Director (VENICE ITALY), Radu Domsa & Alina Ciceo (CLUJ, ROMANIA),  Dancers & Director, Dani Orlo,  Escuela de Cubana (VERACRUZ , MEXICO),   Damon Berry, Kasper the Saint and Phoenix Bunuellos,  (LOS ANGELES, USA).

 

11:15- 11:30AM -   CHINA  & MONTANA  -  OUR CULTURAL BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE 

       Confucius Institute Director Suhan Chen with Charlene Campbell Carey 

   

       Chinese Folk Dance Performance by Angela Wan student of Ming Yan Cui, Chinese Song by Tony Woodward, student at Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre and Peking Opera performance by Nathaniel Puttonen student from the Chan Hon Goh Academy in Vancouver, Canada.

 

11:30AM - 12:15PM -  "ART FOR CHANGE "  presented by Jamal Shah , Director General of the Pakistan National Council of the Arts, Ministry of Information, Broadcasting , National History & Literary Heritage of the Government of Pakistan 

     

12:15PM  - 12:30PM  - From The Russian Federation  - Kazan, Tatarstan, Ravil Nigmedzyanov & the Alfia Avzalova Festival 

 

12 : 30 - 1 :00PM -    THE BALLET BEYOND BORDERS DREAM & LEGACY PROJECT -  "A MILLION DREAMS"

With Gregg Mitchell, Habitat for Humanity & Charlene Campbell Carey 

Editors note:

THE SUBJECT & CONTENT OF THE "HIDDEN TEARS"  PRESENTATION AND "THERE IS ROOM FOR EVERYONE"  IS INTENDED FOR A MATURE AUDIENCE AND AT YOUR DISCRETION. 

* from 9:10  am until 11 am diplomacy conference topics are not recommended for young children