INTERMEZZO Dance Company, founded by ABT soloist Craig Salstein, will seek to create new works in the genre of classical ballet using the music of the great composers as an inspirational springboard.
INTERMEZZO will give their premiere performances at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center on October 18th, 19th, and 20th 2013 with a programme celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi. For their debut offering, the Company will perform new ballets set to Verdi's String Quartet in E-minor (the composer's only surviving chamber work, written in 1873) and to a specially arranged suite of music from the Master's tuneful and dramatic opera UN BALLO IN MASCHERA (A Masked Ball).
Both scores will be performed live, and danced by an ensemble which will include some familiar names from the New York dance world. Established and rising choreographers will be invited to create new works for INTERMEZZO which will be performed by an ensemble of dancers trained in the classic ballet technique and style.
INTERMEZZO plans to develop a roster of dancers for on-going projects and to provide an environment for choreographers who wish to create works in the classic ballet tradition.
The 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center performances will be the first in a series of projects, some of which will undoubtedly draw upon Craig Salstein's passion for opera.
*Intermezzo is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Intermezzo may be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” and are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law.