When you think of ballet you might think of a profession dominated by women, but that's not necessarily the case with choreography. Hilary Kennedy chats with Katie Cooper, the Artistic Director for Avant Chamber Ballet, about the Women's Choreography Project. Cooper says that they, "started the Women's Choreography Project to give female choreographers equal opportunities that male choreographers easily have in our industry."
The application process combs candidates globally. Proposals for music and vision came in from all over the country, and the world. Two choreographers were picked this year. Something completely new was produced with live music. Choreographers Shauna Davis and Janie Richards are this year's winners.
For more information head on over to the Women's Choreography Project website.
Or come out and see the performances for yourself May 7th at 8:00 pm and May 8th at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $30 and $15 for students. The event is being held at the Eisemann Center, located at 2351 Performance Dr, Richardson, TX 75083.
Shauna Davis graduated from Southern Methodist University and is excited to return to Texas for this premiere. She has danced with San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and currently resides in New York City.
Janie Richards was born and raised in Quebec and has an extensive resume in the international dance scene. Her Women’s Choreography Project application was so detailed that she even included sketches of the costume designs.