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RDT Announces The Messengers
October 2-4 2008 - 8pm
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Jeanné Wagner Theatre - 138 W Broadway

The Messengers

Myths & Heroes continue to guide us as we embark on Repertory Dance Theatre’s forty-third season.
RDT presents

  • Mythical Hunters, a masterpiece by internationally revered choreographer Glen Tetley performed with guest artists from Ballet West.
  • Elizabeth Water's classic movement ritual, Castor and Pollux featuring live music by PARTCH.
  • A mystical retelling of the myth of Ariadne by Ze'eva Cohen.
  • The athletic and exuberant Springs, by local rising star, Andrea Miller

“Myth is the hidden part of every story, the buried part, the region that is still unexplored because there are as yet no words to enable us to get there.” (Italo Calvino)

Cynthia Yeo
RDT Marketing Director

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RDT presents Mythical Hunters, a masterpiece by internationally revered choreographer Glen Tetley (performed with guest artists from Ballet West) with Castor and Pollux, Elizabeth Waters’ movement ritual inspired by the mythical twin stars, which features live music by PARTCH – performing maverick composer Harry Partch’s weird and wonderful score performed on instruments of his own invention. The athletic and exuberant Springs, by New York’s rising star Andrea Miller, and the mystical Ariadne by Ze'eva Cohen.

Mythical Hunters by Glen Tetley

One of the 20th century's most renowned choreographers, Glen Tetley fuses classical and modern idioms to create a new form of artistic expression that combines the weight and floor action of modern dance with the elongated line and aerial bravura of ballet. Special guest performers from Ballet West join RDT in telling the cyclical story of life through the voice of the hunter and the hunted in an American 1965 classic, Mythical Hunters.

Castor and Pollux by Elizabeth Waters

Choreographer, Elizabeth Waters merges the theories and movements of the Hanya Holm dance technique with movement qualities inspired by Pueblo Indian rituals in a classic work created in 1958. Inspired by the twin stars of good luck, Castor and Pollux features music by the iconoclastic American composer Harry Partch who, between 1930 and 1972, created one of the most amazing bodies of alluring and emotionally powerful music of the 20th century.

SPRINGS by Andrea Miller

Springs was created by one of New York’s most exciting new choreographers, Andrea Miller. This sassy and joyous work combines classical music and contemporary movement that is sure to refresh and delight. Inspired by the music of Antonio Vivaldi, Andrea Miller's eclectic style and exuberant use of energy spotlights RDT's dancer's skill and love of dance.

Ariadne by Ze'eva Cohen

In Greek mythology, Ariadne is the daughter of King Minos of Crete. She gives Theseus the Golden Thread, which enables him to find his way out of the labyrinth after killing the Minotaur and thus lifting a curse from the city. Ariadne then elopes with Theseus when he leaves to claim the throne in Athens, only to be later abandoned by him on the island of Naxos. In the dance Ariadne first appears in the form of a fallen statue. She comes to life as a young woman attempting to make peace with her past which she reconstructs by linking together fragments of her history.




Glen Tetley (American, 1926-2007) was one of the leading choreographers of the twentieth century. Prolific with a cache of sixty-eight ballets, Tetley created dances for most of the major companies in the world including American Ballet Theater, The Australian Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, English National Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, Norwegian National Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, and Stuttgart Ballet. The early works he choreographed for Netherlands Dance Theater and Ballet Rambert have been a major influence in the artistic development of both companies having challenged conventional movement dictums. Tetley pioneered the creation of a new dance language that embraced both classical and contemporary dance. From 1961 to 1969 he directed his own company in New York. He was Co-Director of Netherlands Dance Theater and succeeded John Cranko as Director of Stuttgart Ballet. From 1987 to 1989 Tetley served as Artistic Associate of The National Ballet of Canada. As a dancer Tetley studied contemporary dance in New York City with Hanya Holm and Martha Graham, and trained there in classical dance with Margaret Craske, Antony Tudor and at the School of American Ballet. He performed in the companies of Hanya Holm, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, Jose Limon, Pearl Lang, John Butler and with Jerome Robbins’ Ballet: USA. Additionally, Tetley was a founding member of the Joffrey Ballet and became a principal soloist of American Ballet Theater.

Tetley has received the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award, the Prix Italia RAI prize, the Ohioana Award, the New York University Alumni Award, the Tennant Caledonia Award for the Edinburgh Festival and the German Critics Award. In April of 1997 HM The King of Norway honored Tetley by presenting him with the Knight of Royal Norwegian Order of Merit for his work with the Norwegian National Ballet for a period of twenty years.

Elizabeth Waters former featured dancer with the Hanya Holm Company founded the dance program at the University of New Mexico in 1946 and continued to direct the program until 1973. Born in Salem, Oregon in 1910, Ms. Waters made her way to New York City and a career in vaudeville in the early 1930’s. She won a scholarship to the Wigman/Holm School and danced as a soloist in Holm’s company, performing solo roles in the masterwork, TREND, as well as many other major works. In the early 1940’s, Ms. Waters moved to the Southwest and lived for a time at the Zuni Pueblo, studying their dance and watching the preparations for the great Shalako ceremony. She spoke of going out into the desert to improvise and develop her own philosophy of movement as the essence of life. She created many works that show her response to the Native American, Hispanic and also Hindu and Maori cultures. She created more than fifty dances and left an impression on dancers and students over a span of fifty years until her death in 1993.

Harry Partch (1901-1974), was an innovative composer, a theorist and an inventor who created dozens of incredible instruments for the performance of his music He was a musical dramatist who created his own texts and dance/theatre extravaganzas based on everything from Greek mythology to his own experiences as a hobo. Between 1930 and 1972, he created one of the most amazing bodies of sensually alluring and emotionally powerful music of the 20th century: music dramas, dance theater, multi-media extravaganzas, vocal music and chamber music---mostly all performed on the instruments he built himself.

Andrea Miller is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah and a graduate of The Juilliard School. Prior to training at Juilliard, Miller studied Humphrey/Weidman technique and repertoire in Connecticut with Ernestine Stodelle. In 2006 she moved to Tel Aviv, Israel to join Ohad Naharin’s Ensemble Batsheva with whom she performed throughout Israel and Europe as well as in New York. Her work has been performed in venues including Jacobs Pillow, Dance Theater Workshop, Judson Church, Joyce SoHo, Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Flea, Battery Park, The Juilliard Theater, Clark Studio Theater, The Zipper Factory, Paul Mellon Arts Center in Connecticut, as well as in Israel, Teatron Suzan Delal and Studio Varda.

Miller is the recipient of the Hubbard Street 2 Choreographic Competition,The Stella Adler Studio of Acting Artist in Residence (MAD AIR), The Bessie Schönberg Residency at The Yard and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council MCAF Grant. Recent commissions include Repertory Dance Theater (UT), Zenon Dance Company (MN), Arts Umbrella (Vancouver) and New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble(NJ). In addition to choreography Miller teaches dance in Canada and NY and occasionally sets the work of Ohad Naharin.

Ze’eva Cohen is a professor and Head of Dance at Princeton University, having founded the Dance Program and served as its coordinator since 1969. Ms. Cohen came to New York from her native country, Israel, in 1963 to study at the Juilliard School and perform with the Anna Sokolow Dance Company. She was a founding member of Dance Theater Workshop, where she worked as choreographer and dancer from the mid-sixties to the early seventies.

In 1971, she initiated her pioneering and highly acclaimed solo dance repertory program, which toured throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Israel for twelve years under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts Residency Touring Dance Program. The repertory included commissioned works, reconstructions, and her own original choreography comprising a total of twenty-eight solos by twenty-three choreographers. In 1983, she founded Ze’eva Cohen and Dancers, a company for which she developed a diverse group repertory. Ze’eva has also choreographed works for the Boston Ballet, Munich Tanzproject, Batsheva Dance Company, Inbal Dance Theater of Israel, the Alvin Ailey Repertory Dance Company, and many other national dance companies. Since 1996, she has been choreographing, producing, and performing NEGOTIATIONS, a program dealing with cultural, political and social issues, and FEMALE MYTHOLOGIES, an assemblage of solos and duets focusing on women's myths and lives.


Performing live during Elizabeth Waters Castor and Pollux

Three opportunities to see Partch, they are performing a special lecture demonstration on Wed October 1st, 7pm, they are also performing live during all three RDT performances of The Messengers October 2nd-4th at 8pm, and they will be hosting a kid friendly performance for RDT's Ring around the Rose Children's series on Saturday October 4th at 11am.

PARTCH is a unique ensemble that specializes in the music & instruments of the iconoclastic American Maverick composer Harry Partch who, between 1930 and 1972, created one of the most amazing bodies of sensually alluring and emotionally powerful music of the 20th century. Partch wrote music dramas, dance theatre, multi-media extravaganzas, vocal music and chamber music—all to be performed on the extraordinary orchestra of instruments that he designed and built himself.

“Stunning…” - Los Angeles Times“Marvelous to watch and to hear…” - LA Weekly"An interlink of splendid musicians.....a true garden of delights." - Lou Harrison

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