Photo by: Jan Versweyveld
WEST SIDE STORY
with Choreography by
Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker
Start the new year off immersing yourself in the world of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker's West Side Story! For five days, Rosas company members will lead warmup and repertory sessions will be taught by cast member Madison Vomastek and Rosas/West Side Story Associate Choreographer Clinton Stringer.
Embracing dance as a means of physical and intellectual research, this workshop will challenge your choreographic mind, musical ear, and performance quality with rigorous, detail-oriented, and virtuosic movement. Dancers will explore substance behind performative material, gain a deeper understanding of the body in its natural flow, and explore ways to touch and connect with audiences. Through a spectacular Avant-Garde Musical Theatre experience, we will build community together by prioritizing inclusivity and valuing each other’s individuality.
9:30-10:30 Technique/Warm-up with Rosas Company Members
10:30-12:30 Westside Story Repertory
Monday ~ Orientation
Tuesday ~ Networking/Community Building
Wednesday ~ Coffee & Chat with the Artists
Friday ~ Showing & TalkBack
advanced/professional dance training
performance experience and/or curiosity about sharing dance with others
There is no application fee. Space is limited to 30 mentees. For more information and/or to apply, send -1minute video footage of dancing to Skye@thehaven.dance.
COST TO PARTICIPATE
$375 US Dollars
We understand that people have different socio-economic backgrounds and can create payment options that work for each West Side Story participant. Payments can be made by PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, wire transfer, check, or money order.
Written Statement of Financial Need
Two Letters of Recommendation
Three References (name, relationship to applicant, phone, and email)
Clinton Stringer was born and raised in South Africa. After studying for an Arts Degree there, he moved to Belgium to attend P.A.R.T.S. where he spent two years. In 2000, Clinton joined Rosas (Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker). Over the course of nine years he was involved in many creations and restagings of repertoire pieces including Rain, Drumming, April Me, Raga for the Rainy Season, Mozart Concert Arias, Bitches Brew… In 2011 and 2014, he was involved in the re-staging of Rain at the Opéra de Paris. Freelance dance projects include Dancesmith (2013) with Mark Lorimer and Cynthia Loemij; Volcano (2014) and You Can’t Take it With You (2017) with Liz Kinoshita; and Gerhard Richter (2017) with Mårten Spångberg. Clinton has also taught technique and Rosas masterclasses at P.A.R.T.S., the Opera de Lyon, the Opéra de Paris, the Danish National School of Performing Arts and the University of the Arts (Philadelphia).
Madison Vomastek holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the 2019 inaugural class at the University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. She is also an original cast member of the 2020 revival of West Side Story on Broadway. Madison is a leader, critical thinker, community organizer, and educator. She has seasonally directed community events in her hometown of Traverse City Michigan, while also traveling throughout the world to pursue her dream of professional dancing. She has additionally taught for pre-professional dance schools, volunteered her time to local businesses, and stayed curious in the craft of agricultural building and harvesting. Through her care for her body, land, and community; Madison continues to support organizations that are clear in their mission, give back to artists, and commit to inclusivity. With her expertise in organization, articulation, and engagement— Madison continues to reach organizations and institutions that not only support her passion for performing but also challenge her to further understand systems that engage communities of all nature and foster creative learning.
Photo: Collier Schorr
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
In 1980, after studying dance at Mudra School in Brussels and Tisch School of the Arts in New York, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (b. 1960) created Asch, her first choreographic work. Two years later came the premiere of Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich. De Keersmaeker established the dance company Rosas in Brussels in 1983, while creating the work Rosas danst Rosas. Since these breakthrough pieces, her choreography has been grounded in a rigorous and prolific exploration of the relationship between dance and music. She has created with Rosas a wide-ranging body of work engaging the musical structures and scores of several periods, from early music to contemporary and popular idioms. Her choreographic practice also draws formal principles from geometry, numerical patterns, the natural world, and social structures to offer a unique perspective on the body’s articulation in space and time. Her newest choreography, set to Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos, premiered in the fall of 2018.
From 1992 until 2007, Rosas was in residence in the Brussels opera house De Munt/La Monnaie. During this period, De Keersmaeker directed a number of operas and large ensemble pieces that have since been performed by repertoire companies worldwide. In Drumming (1998) and Rain (2001), both with Ictus contemporary music ensemble, complex geometric structures in point and counterpoint, together with the minimal motivic music of Steve Reich, created compelling group choreographies that remain iconic and definitive of Rosas as a dance company. Also during her time at La Monnaie, De Keersmaeker created Toccata (1993) to fugues and sonatas of Johann Sebastian Bach, whose music has continued to be a recurring thread in her work. Verklärte Nacht (both the 1995 version for fourteen dancers and the 2014 version for three) unfolded De Keersmaeker’s expressionist side, bringing the stormy narrative of Arnold Schönberg’s late romantic string sextet to life.
cynthia loemij was born in Brielle in the Netherlands in 1969. She took a teacher-training course at the Rotterdam dance academy, where she obtained her diploma in 1991. Since then she has been a member of the full-time core of Rosas. She was involved in the creation of ERTS, Mozart/Concert Arias- un moto di gioia, Amor constante más allá de la muerte, Verklärte Nacht, Woud, Just Before, Drumming, Quartett (a duet with Frank Vercruyssen), In Real Time, Rain and Small hands (a duet with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker), April me, Repertory Evening, Bitches Brew / Tacoma Narrows, Kassandra, the revival of Mozart / Concert Arias, Raga for the Rainy season / A Love Supreme, D'un soir un jour, Bartók / Beethoven / Schönberg Repertory Evening, Steve Reich Evening, Zeitung, En Atendant, Vortex Temporum, Work/Travail/Arbeid, The Six Brandenburg Concertos and Così fan tutte. She danced in the revivals Achterland, Rosas danst Rosas, Elena’s Aria, Mikrokosmos and Drumming, and in the opera Bluebeard’s Castle and in the film versions of Achterland and Rosas danst Rosas. In 2006 she took part in Nusch, a play by theater company Stan. In 2009 she danced the duet Prélude à la Mer with Mark Lorimer, in the film of the same title by Thierry De Mey. She appeared in Kris Verdonck’s End and collaborated with Manon de Boer on the installations Dissonant and Mirror Modulation. With David Zambrano she created a duet, as part of the performance Holes. Cynthia Loemij taught at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels), the Panetta Movement Centre and Movement Research (New York), Dance Works(Rotterdam) for the opéra Garnier (retake of Rain and Bartok, Beethoven, Schönberg)and the Lisbon ballet. In 2011 she founded the company OVAAL with Mark Lorimer, and created the performance To Intimate and Dancesmith – Camel, Weasel, Whale. Assisted in the creation of West Side Story in 2019.Rehearsal director for the revived Drumming 2020.
Since graduating from the London School of Contemporary Dance in 1991, Mark
has worked as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and rehearsal director.
His main collaborations as a dancer have been with Rosas/Anne-Teresa De
Keersmaeker (1994 - present) and with ZOO/Thomas Hauert (1997- 2005).
Alongside he has worked on many projects with (among others) The
Featherstonehaughs/Lea Anderson, Bock & Vincenzi, Mia Lawrence, Jonathan
Burrows, Deborah Hay, Alix Eynaudi, UPSBD - Saldana and Drillet, Alain Buffard,
Marten Spangberg, Kris Verdonck and Boris Charmatz.
As a choreographer Mark will make “Canon and on and on...” for 8 Geneva-based
dancers for the ADC and La Batie in August 2021.
He has made two full-length works "To Intimate" with cellist Thomas Luks and
fellow Rosas mainstay Cynthia Loemij, and "Dancesmith - Camel, Weasel, Whale"
again with Cynthia plus graphic artist and dancer Clinton Stringer.
In 2016 he made a piece for Bodhi Project SEAD, Salzburg - “Darwin’s Gypsy
Dance”. He has also made works with students of the Laban Centre, London, and
a duet with Chrysa Parkinson - "Nylon Solution".
In 2015 Mark was a member of the collective DanceWeb leadership at Impulstanz
in Vienna alongside teaching and performing in the festival. He teaches regularly
at La Manufacture, Lausanne (generating personal material and musical
choreographic writing), CDCN - Toulouse, and occasionally at PARTS (repertory
and composition) as well as other institutions and independent dance