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CEDAR LAKE CONTEMPORARY BALLET MAKES GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS DEBUT, MARCH 10

February 2, 2012
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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CEDAR LAKE CONTEMPORARY BALLET

Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 31, 2012 – Praised by The New York Times for “dancing that pulls viewers right out of their seats,” this cutting-edge company explores the marriage of movement and multimedia. Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet makes its George Mason University’s Center for the Arts debut on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 8 p.m., bringing a program that showcases its bold, electrifying movements and incorporation of classical ballet with contemporary and popular dance forms. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Founded in 2003 by Nancy Laurie, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet has garnered the attention of audiences and critics alike through its company of 16 extraordinarily gifted dancers, as well as its commitment to acquiring and commissioning groundbreaking new works by emerging contemporary choreographers. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Benoit-Swan Pouffer, a former Alvin Ailey dancer, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet offers a wide-ranging spectrum of repertory by such sought-after choreographers as Alexander Ekman, Hofesh Shechter, Crystal Pite, Jacopo Godani, Angelin Preljocaj, Ohad Naharin, Didy Veldman, Jo Strømgren and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. The New York Times recently said, “Luckily Benoit-Swan Pouffer, the French-born artistic director of Cedar Lake, seems to have taken it on himself to introduce audiences to a new generation of European choreographers.”

In 2005, Pouffer choreographed and debuted his series of installation performances, which showcase an original, less formalized style of dance, in which the audience merges with the dancers to become collaborators in the performance. His own works for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet include “Seed,” “Between Here and Now,” “Hammer,” “Vastav,” “Glassy Essence” and “on this planet.”

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet recently had a starring role in the major motion picture “The Adjustment Bureau,” starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. In the film, Blunt portrays a dancer in Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and Pouffer choreographed the dance in the movie. He and the company worked with Blunt for several months to prepare her for her role, and several of the scenes were shot in Cedar Lake’s studio and performance space in the Chelsea gallery district in Manhattan. In a press release announcing his company’s role in the film, Pouffer said, “My goal was to help an actress who never had danced professionally become a believable member of Cedar Lake, and further to create a solo, duet and ensemble piece for the film in the Cedar Lake aesthetic. Emily is a hard working and an extremely talented actress who was fully open to the challenge. Her acting skill was something that significantly helped her understand what we are trying to convey in the dance sequences. Together we learned that she could use her body to communicate in ways she hadn't explored, and at the same time I learned how an actor could turn emotions into movement.”

In 2012, Cedar Lake will debut new works by Crystal Pite, Alexander Ekman, Hofesh Shechter, Jo Strømgren and Regina van Berkel. The company was also invited to perform at Spoleto Festival USA this June.

 

Tickets for CEDAR LAKE CONTEMPORARY BALLET are $21, $34, $42. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit cfa.gmu.edu.

 

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

 

About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.