Choreography: Edgar Zendejas
Music: Recomposed by Max Richter—Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Costume Design: Ben-Oni Cortes
Lighting Design: Michael Klaers
Eisenhower Dance, State Street Ballet, and ezdanza bring classical and contemporary styles together to create Common Ground, a stunningly original piece. Visionary choreographer Edgar Zendejas was inspired by Max Richter’s re-composition of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and built Common Ground around it.
Three diverse companies—State Street Ballet, Detroit’s Eisenhower Dance, and Montreal’s ezdanza—bring classical and contemporary styles together to create something stunningly original. Charles Donelan of the Santa Barbara Independent describes it as “choreography that rejects the assumption that dancers on pointe can’t mix with other kinds of movers.”
“In Common Ground, we explore the change of seasons within each one of us.”
-Choreographer Edgar Zendejas
Following the performance of Common Ground, meet the company dancers and artistic directors from Eisenhower Dance, ezdanza, and State Street Ballet, in the Herman Frankel and Barbara Frankel Lounge.
Laurie Eisenhower, Founder, Artistic Director, and Choreographer for Eisenhower Dance, has danced professionally in both California and New York with various dance companies and choreographers. In 1991 she formed Eisenhower Dance, Michigan premier dance company, which tours nationally and internationally, and recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Visit Eisenhower Dance.
State Street Ballet
State Street Ballet is a vibrant, innovative professional ballet company from Santa Barbara, California, making their debut on the Detroit Opera House stage. Founded in 1994 by former American Ballet Theatre dancer Rodney Gustafson, the company combines the discipline and timeless elegance of classical ballet technique with updated, cutting-edge choreography. Combining this with special effects and technology, the company produces original works that satisfy today’s diverse audiences. A group praised for strong commitment to artistic and technical excellence, State Street Ballet is also applauded for the intelligently designed, versatile performances that have become the company’s trademark. Visit State Street Ballet.
ezdanza is an ensemble of talented dancers that perform the work of Mexican-born choreographer, Edgar Zendejas. The choreographic works he creates are lush, expressive, beautiful poems in movement. Since its inception, ezdanza has been an expression of constant collaborative work, inspired by the creative energy between interpretive artists and director; this synergy is built on a foundation of reciprocal Respect, Authenticity, Equanimity, Unity, Integrity and Stability. Visit ezdanza.
The 2016-2017 Dance Season is made possible by the Lear Corporation.
This activity is funded in part by the
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
and the Michigan Humanities Council.