Peabody dancers Chase Fittin, Lincoln Gray, Clare Naughton, and Natalie Cox were praised for their performances at Direct/Link, a program that took place on Saturday, August 17 in Philadelphia, Penn. Fittin and Gray performed dana bella’s amá, and Cox performed her own choreography in Loneliness is not Alone. Naughton’s Little Blue Girl was also featured in the performance.
Peabody dance sophomore Constance Ui-Seng Francois will make her Broadway debut in the upcoming West Side Story revival in the ensemble. The opening of the show is set for February 6, 2020 in New York City. This will be the first re-imagining of the show since the original.
Bessie Award winner Diedre Dawkins has been appointed to the full-time BFA Dance faculty of the Peabody Conservatory, where she will teach Horton, Graham, West African, and Afro-Fusion dance, as well as choreographing works for student performances. She has previously served in a part-time capacity during the inaugural year of the BFA Dance program at Peabody. More…
Rise Bmore, a concert event founded by faculty artist Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition), is now in its fourth year and has announced the next event. On Friday, April 19, at Union Baptist Church in Baltimore, Md., Rise Bmore will present free evening of words, music, and movement in honor of Freddie Gray. At 7:00, Brittani McNeill will lead a conversation about art and activism with A Revolutionary Summer, a program that allows young women to gather and experience the creative works of Black women artist. The 8:00 concert includes music, poetry, and dance by Adashi, Binae Ali, Dance Chair danah bella, Taylor Hillary Boykins (MM ’14, Voice), Lavena Johanson (MM ’13, Cello), Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair in Jazz Studies Sean Jones, Jessie Montgomery, faculty artist Wendel Patrick, J. Pope, Tariq Touré, and the Peabody String Sinfonia.
Peabody master’s candidate Maxime Daigneault, composition, was the recipient of a Dean’s Incentive Grant in 2018. His project, Seeing the Voice, Hearing the Body, will have its premiere performance on Saturday, February 9, at 2:00 pm, at Baltimore Theatre Project. The project began last semester and involved singers and dancers from the Conservatory, who explored how the voice and body work together to express our most profound emotions. The performance will be a multidisciplinary work that demonstrates how movement, voice, and improvisation can develop into meaningful scenes and ideas. Tickets are $10 or $5 for students and seniors.