US dance troupe tours Kazakhstan
September 21. Central Asia News
Leading U.S. modern dance company CityDance Ensemble is currently in Kazakhstan as part of a three-week tour that will take it to Russia and Belarus, the Gazeta.kz daily newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Recognized as “Washington’s preeminent modern dance company” by The Washington Times newspaper, the ensemble consists of dancers from the Kirov Academy of Ballet, the Juilliard School and other dance institutions.
Dance Magazine has described the dance company’s performances as “breathlessly innovative,” the Gazeta article noted.
Kazakhstan’s Center of Contemporary Choreography, Contemporary Dance Festival in Almaty and the Palace of Peace and Concord in Astana are organizing the tour in coordination with the U.S. Embassy.
“The CityDance Ensemble performs an athletic, challenging repertoire with passion and purpose” blending “strong technique with a dynamic mix of energy, emotion, and humor to deliver performances full of expression and life,” the article noted.
The troupe of professional dancers is led by Founder and Artistic Director Gordon Emerson and Rehearsal Director and Choreographer Christopher K. Morgan.
CityDance Ensemble will perform at the Opera and Ballet Theater in Almaty on Wednesday and at the Palace of Peace and Concord in Astana on Saturday. The Astana performance will be free of charge, Gazeta.kz reported.