Tribute, a collection of contemporary world premieres by three innovative female choreographers will run March 29, through April 1, 2012, at the Newman Center, Denver.The choreographers premiering their works in this production include Emery LeCrone, Archetypes; Jodie Gates, Embellish; and Amy Seiwert, Traveling Alone. Tribute honors Colorado Ballet’s founders, Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker.
“I am especially proud of this production as it pays homage to Colorado Ballet’s founders, Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs. “These two women had the courage and dream to imagine world-class dance in Denver, and for that we owe them so much. This production is a testament to the vision of Lillian and Freidann and demonstrates the successes of female leaders and artists in ballet.”
At 25, LeCrone has created several prominent works, competed in numerous choreography competitions, and received substantial grants and new commissions for her choreography. She founded her own performance series, The Young Choreographers Showcase, which promotes the creation of new dance works and provides opportunities for young emerging choreographers to create and present their work in New York City free of charge.
"All three works walk the line between the prescribed story style Colorado Ballet is best-known for and new ideas, and the ballet chose a well-rounded group to create them." Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Denver Post
Gates is a 30-year veteran in the professional dance field and has wide-ranging career as a choreographer, director, educator, producer and dancer. She is internationally recognized as a leader in the dance world with her choreographic work for professional companies, the creation of the California-based non-profit organization Laguna Dance Festival, and directing educational programs at the university level.