This Friday, September 21st, two very talented artists will perform my duet, Miles, at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn. Perceptions Dance Festival unites choreographers from around the globe for a three day extravaganza. Chris Jackson, former Ailey dancer, and cast member of The Lion King, comes back to ACD once again to share his bravado! His lovely leading lady, Deidre Halley, sister of my former dancer, Robert Halley, came as complete synchronicity. When I knew Ryan Schmidt, (who danced this duet twice before) was out of town, I thought about Deidrea. The next thing I know, her new dance reel was in my stack of emails. This was no coincidence, it was meant to be. Formerly of The Lion King in London, Deidrea answered my call, and we were all in the studio before I knew it.
Miles, with music by my dear friend, Maria Schneider, is being performed at the perfect time, as Maria will receive The Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, at the University of Minnesota on Monday, September 24th. Perfect timing to honor her music through dance! You go girl!
With a few more “miles” to go in rehearsal, the dancers should be ready to go the distance by showtime. I am excited to see their interpretation of this emotionally charged duet!