'New Works,' local artists: Northwest Florida Ballet premieres works by local choreographers

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Northwest Florida Ballet company members Ayaka Okubo and Timothy Knoll, Katia Garza and Billy Blanken, Catherine Grimley and J. Ryan Carroll, Sabrina Lobner and Jason Bailey will perform during The New Works Project.

ROBERT BARTON | Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, February 10, 2014 at 17:00 PM.

Beginning today, the Northwest Florida Ballet premieres "The New Works Project," ballets by three local choreographers, in a specially created black box theatre. Tickets for the Fort Walton Beach studio venue are limited.

An Okaloosa Public Arts exhibit — featuring artists' interpretations of the Northwest Florida Ballet's 2013 productions "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Afterglow" — accompanies the performances.

"The Northwest Florida Ballet has long been known for its stunning classical repertoire," the company's marketing assistant Megan Fontaine said. "What many may not realize, however, is that the ballet is also a center for creation and innovation."

The new works display three of the ballet school faculty members' choreography talents.

Jazz Rozer's "hi-er-ar-chy" "tells the story of human aspiration from birth and maturation, leading towards awareness, self-actualization and potential," Fontaine said. Rozer teaches jazz and hip hop at the NFB.

Kelly Murdock's "Super Mario MG" explores what happens when Shigeru Miyamoto’s Super Mario Brothers combine with renowned choreographer Martha Graham’s trademark technique.

"Life's Rich Experience," NFB associate director Sharon Allen's first composition, "explores thoughtful emotions and lyrical expressions of dance movement with the human connection to the essence of our earth, wind and water."



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