Artistic Director Hope Muir’s first season at Charlotte started off with fanfare, and it looks like the remainder of this season at Charlotte Ballet is shaping up to be something truly unique: This year, Spring Works is filled with choreographic talent entirely new to Charlotte and, in one case, entirely new to North America.
First, Acclaimed choreographer will be Helen Pickett reprising her captivating pas de deux Tsukiyo. A true veteran of the art, Pickett has set over 35 works on companies across the US and Europe in just the last 12 years. This American choreographer, who has performed with William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt and Wooster Group theater company, makes her Charlotte debut this spring.
On the other end of the spectrum is Filipe Portugal, an up-and-coming choreographer who will be making his North American choreographic debut with Spring Works. Portugal has danced with National Ballet of Portugal as a corp de ballet member, coryphe, and principal dancer, and with Ballet Zurich as both a soloist and a principle.
Rounding out the new talent is Bryan Arias, a former Charlotte Ballet dancer who Artistic Director Hope Muir considers one of the most promising emerging choreographers today. Born in Puerto Rico, Arias lived in New York City for many years, where he received his formal training. As a choreographer, he has created works for Hubbard Street 2, Netherlands Dance Theater 2, Ballet Vorpommern, and The Scottish Ballet.
The performance, staged at 7:30 on the evenings of April 26, 27, and 28, will close with the return of Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16.