Alberto (Tito) Del Saz performs at the Alwin Nikolais Centennial (photo by Whitney Browne)
Welcome to the first
edition of the Horse's Mouth newsletter! It is our way of keeping you informed
of our activities. 2010 has been a busy year so far with three very special
celebrations close to home and our very first Hawaiian chapter of Horse's Mouth
on the beautiful island of Oahu.
Celebrating 75 years of Dance at the 92nd Street Y
In late February, From the Horse's Mouth was honored to be
part of the Harkness Dance Festival's celebration of 75 years of dance at the
92nd Street YMHA, which has been the home of modern dance from 1935
to the present. Over three days, the performances featured nearly 90 dancers
who had performed throughout the decades at the Y - many of whom launched their
careers there and went on to become internationally renowned. Among the Horse's Mouth cast were
Martine van Hamel, Charles Reinhart, Carmen de Lavallade, Gus Solomons jr, Don
Redlich, and the amazing Mary Anthony, age 94.
Horse's Mouth Hits Honolulu
Never has there been such diversity in dance styles displayed
on stage! Highlighted by memorable interpretations of the Ancient traditional Hula
- complete with musicians and chanters - the two March performances by the
Hawaiian cast of Horse's Mouth included African, B-boy, Belly dance, Bharatanatym,
Capoeira, Chinese, Drag, Hip Hop, Korean, Okinawan, Samba, Tahitian, and Tango.
Organized and curated by Betsy Fisher, former rehearsal director of the Murray
Louis Dance Company, the performances were hosted by University of Hawaii-Manoa
and Tim Bostock Productions and were held at the Kennedy Theater at UH-Manoa,
where Betsy is on the faculty. Photo: Tina and Jamie share the Aloha spirit with Samba dancer Carmen Linhares and Mestre Kinah, a Capoeira master.
Honoring Hartford's Ted Hershey
In a very special tribute to her late husband Ted Hershey,
Laura Glenn invited From the Horse's Mouth to create a performance in his honor
at Bushnell's Belding Theater in Hartford, Connecticut. A beloved dancer,
teacher, and choreographer, Mr. Hershey passed away twelve years ago. The
tribute on April 11 featured dancers who had danced with or studied with him.
Ted Hershey was a principal dancer with the Hartford Ballet for thirteen years.
Among those who sent their stories of love and admiration to be read, were
Michael Uthoff, who founded the Hartford Ballet and served as its artistic
director for 20 years, and Robby Barnett, one of the artistic directors of
On April 30, Horse's Mouth took part in the Alwin Nikolais
Centennial Celebration in New York. For almost sixty
years, Alwin Nikolais was
modern dance's pioneer of multimedia, creating his own aesthetic - a theater of
movement, sound and light. Organized by former Nikolais dancer Alberto Del Saz,
who is now artistic director of the Nikolais Louis Foundation for Dance, the
performance was held at the Abrons Arts Center and featured such dance
luminaries as Murray Louis, Tandy Beal, Beverly Blossom, Phyllis Lamhut,
Dorothy Vislocky and Gladis Bailin.
Alwin Nikolais was remembered as a truly amazing personality, creative
in every aspect of his work as well as encouraging and supportive of all who
studied and danced with him.
Tina and Jamie would love to bring From the Horse's Mouth to your community. If you know of an organization that is celebrating an occasion or commemorating an event, and you think it lends itself to a special Horse's Mouth chapter, please be in touch with our management company. This makes a wonderful fundraising event.
Contact: Victor Gotesman
The Center for Creative Resources
380 Lenox Avenue - 5C
New York, NY 10027