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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Marigny Opera House Dance Company prepares for October premiere

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click to enlarge Marigny Opera House Dance Company choreographers Donna Crump, Maya Taylor and Diogo de Lima.
  • Marigny Opera House Dance Company choreographers Donna Crump, Maya Taylor and Diogo de Lima.

The recently launched Marigny Opera House Dance Company named its three choreographers, is finalizing a roster of six company dancers and began work on its premiere performances in October. The season will feature three programs, each with a piece by choreographers Maya Taylor, Diogo de Lima and Donna Crump.

Since its founding in 2011, the Marigny Opera House has produced programs of classical music, short operas, dance and puppetry and hosted a variety of events and been used as a rehearsal space by artists. It also has been a New Orleans Fringe Festival venue. Founder Dave Hurlbert initiated the Marigny Opera House New Dance Festival in which he commissioned new works by local choreographers. The new company's choreographers all participated in recent festivals.

The company's mission is to present all new works performed to live music, Hurlbert says. Most modern dance companies use recorded music. Taylor is developing a piece set to music by Italian cellist and composer Giovanni Sollima. Crump is working working with musicians to compose music for baritone sax and violin to accompany her piece, tentatively titled The Fun Police.

The premiere is Oct. 24-26, and there's an opening night gala after the performance. The season continues with performances Jan. 23-25, 2015 and April 17-19, 2015.

Taylor is a former member of New York's Elisa Monte Dance and was recently commissioned to create a large-scale piece for Omaha Performing Arts' the Rite Returns festival. Donna Crump is a native New Orleanian and founder of Good Dance Since 1984. De Lima is a dancer/choreographer/actor from Brazil. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, performed with Grupo Corpo Brazilian Dance Theater and teaches at Tulane University. 

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