With the Emeralds program behind us, the company has only one week of rehearsals left before we go into the theater. This year’s Innovations will open with the extended version of Michael Bearden’s Decent. Two years ago, Michael choreographed the ten minute section of Decent, for Innovations, that will now conclude the forty five minute version of the ballet we will be dancing this year. Mikey has added a back story to his ballet that is based on true events from 1917, Russia.
The next piece in the program is a new work choreographed by Aidan DeYoung. This is Aidan’s second year choreographing for Innovations. I feel like Aidan has grown tremendously as a dancer these last two years. He’s found his own style which is evident in his choreography. Aidan’s ballet brings a lot of diversity to the program as his movement is very contemporary.
Easton Smith’s new ballet will follow Aidan’s on the bill. I think we’re all excited to see what Easton has to offer as this is his first year choreographing for Innovations. Emily Adams is the last in-house choreographer in the program. Emily created a voice for herself the first year she choreographed for Innovations and has only made her voice louder this year with her new work. This year Emily is using a recent graduate of the University of Utah’s music program to play the piano for her ballet.
The last ballet of the program will be Grand Synthesis choreographed by Susan Shields. Grand Synthesis is a a contrasting ballet, full of energy and serenity. We performed Grand Synthesis first for Innovations 2008, then this last summer in Wolf Trap, VA. For more information on Susan Shields, click here.