Sofia National Ballet of Bulgaria, Kathryn Posin, Scheherazade
The Sofia National Ballet of Bulgaria will present the European and Company Premiere of Kathryn Posin's Scheherazade on April 19, 20, 28 & 29, 2012 at the Opera House in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Kathryn Posin's Scheherazade received its world premiere by the Milwaukee Ballet in 2003, and has also been danced by the Louisville Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, and the Sacramento Ballet.
Choreographer Kathryn Posin was invited by the Cultural Bridges Association to participate in the "American Ballet for Bulgaria" program. This project is hosted by the Sofia National Ballet of Bulgaria and is generously funded by the America for Bulgaria Foundation.
Kathryn Posin studied composition with Louis Horst, Anna Sokolow, Merce Cunningham and Hanya Holm. She is a graduate of Bennington College and holds a Master of Arts in interdisciplinary multi-cultural dance from New York University. In 1975 she received her first choreography commission, Waves, which she choreographed for the American Dance Festival.
Ms. Posin has choreographed works for Ballet West, Netherlands Dance Theater 1 and 2, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Feld Ballets/USA, the Ohio Ballet, The Kansas City Ballet, the Sacramento Ballet, the Cincinnati Ballet, the Hartford Ballet, BalletMet, the Repertory Dance Theater of Utah, Extemporary Dance Company of London, Ballet Pacifica, and the Milwaukee Ballet. She has also developed new works at the Joffrey Ballet School, the Alvin Ailey School, and the Milwaukee Ballet School. She was the first international choreographer to stage a work for Cloud Gate Dance Theater, the national company of Taiwan.
In 1990 she choreographed Of Rage And Remembrance, set to John Corigliano's Symphony No. 1, for the Milwaukee Ballet. It was voted "Premiere of the Year in Music and Dance" by the Milwaukee Journal. She is a recipient of ADF's Doris Humphrey Fellowship. The Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Met, the Hartford Ballet, the Cincinnati Ballet, and Kansas City Ballet have performed her Stepping Stones, which is set to a commissioned score by Joan Tower which was underwritten by awards from Meet the Composer. Ms. Posin also received a second award from Meet the Composer to underwrite music from the Brazilian percussionist Nana Vasconcelos for a work for the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble. Galena Summit, to the music of Steve Reich, was voted Choreography of the Year by the Boston Globe. Her work Four World Songs won first place in the Sarasota Ballet's 1996 Choreographic Competition.