Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet performs “Simply Marvel” by Regina van Berkel


photo: Julieta Cervantes

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 7:30pm 
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 7:30pm 
Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 8pm 
Friday, May 25, 2012 at 8pm 
Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 8pm 
Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 2pm
The Joyce Theater – New York, NY

Created for Cedar Lake by the Netherlands based choreographer, “Simply Marvel” is set to Paganini variations (with additional music by Theo Verbey) and contrasts sections of great chaos with cautious transformations using poetic duets and trios. The ex-Forsythe Ballett Frankfurt dancer’s new work is a collaboration with her frequent lighting and stage design partner Dietmar Janeck and is shaped by interwoven visual elements.

Regina van Berkel
Regina van Berkel was born in The Hague (Holland) and received her ballet training at Nederlands Dans Theater under the direction of Ivan Kramer and at Rotterdamse Dansacademie. As a dancer van Berkel worked with Djazzex in The Hague, with Jan Fabre in Antwerp, with Saburo Teshigawara in Tokyo and from 1993 to 2000 with William Forsythe as a permanent member of his Ballett Frankfurt.

Since 1998, she has been active as a choreographer creating original ballets for such companies as Pretty Ugly Ballet of Freiburg (2000), Tanz Performance of Cologne (2001), Dance Landscape Ruhr in the North-Rhine-Westphalian Choreographic Centre in Essen (2001), Nederlands Dans Theater I (2002, 2004), Basel’s Cathy Sharp Dance Ensemble (2003), Gulbenkian Ballet of Lisbon (2005), Göteborg Ballet (2005, 2007), and has received commissions from Holland Dance Festival (1998, 2001, 2007), Steps Festival (2008) and Weimar Arts Festival (2009).

In 2009, she choreographed the ballet “Memory of a shape” for balletmainz, then led by Martin Schläpfer. As the new director of the Ballett am Rhein he invited her again where she recently created “Frozen Echo,” a work integrating 40 dancers.
She has also created large-scale works for such academic establishments as the College of Music and Dance in Cologne and Frankfurt, codarts in Rotterdam and The Royal Conservatorium in The Hague. She has been commissioned to create works to accompany musical scores for an interpretation of Heiner Goebbels’s composition “Red Run” at the 2008 Heiner Goebbels Festival, The 2010 Chopin & Schumann Marathon and The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie to the music of Paul Hindemith during the 2010 Festival Freispiel.

Berkel has worked extensively with the composers Gerard Brophy (AU) and Theo Verbey (NL) to create original compositions for her works. She has also collaborated with such conductors, orchestras and ensembles as Jaap van Zweden, Catherine Rückwardt, the Residentie Orkest, Göteborg Opera Orchestra, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker Slagwerkgroep Anumadutchi and Ensemble Klang.
She is a frequent collaborator with the multimedia artist Bill Seaman, sound designer Hans Peter Kuhn and set designer and installation artist Dietmar Janeck, with whom she has built an important relationship since her first work. For all her choreographic works van Berkel acts as costume designer.
Berkel has received such awards as The Stichting Danserfonds ’79 subsidy prize in 1992 and The Silver Dance Prize for 1997-98 from the directors of the Schouwburg and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam for her special achievements as a dancer and choreographer.

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