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1st Male to Receive Oregon Dance Scholarship Returns Home to Direct Massive West Coast Premiere
On September 30th, 2012, 150 dancers of all creeds, shapes & ages will take over Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square to perform an ambitious, 30 minute line dance in the West Coast Premiere of "Le Grand Continental."
By: White Bird
Below you'll find a taste of the New York version Benson was involved in - http://youtu.be/
Jamie Benson, proclaimed as “one of the strongest, hottest contemporary dancers of his generation" by dance critic Lewis Segal, is a dancer, choreographer & Alumnus of Cornish College of the Arts. Benson first garnered critical attention originating the role of “Eldon” in LATC’s Ovation award winning production of Shag with a Twist in 2005. Back Stage West heralded Benson as “the most Chaplin-like”
Montreal-based choreographer Sylvain Emard first distinguished himself as a dancer working with renowned choreographers such as Jean-Pierre Perreault, Jo Lechay & Louise Bédard before forming Sylvain Émard Danse, in 1990. A proponent of the commingling of genres, Sylvain Émard navigates with ease from one milieu to another – film, theatre, the visual arts & opera, as seen, for example by his collaboration on Lorin Maazel’s opera 1984, directed by Robert Lepage & presented on the celebrated stage of Covent Garden in London in 2005, & again at La Scala in Milan in 2008.
White Bird is committed to bringing the best Portland-based, regional, national, & international dance companies to Portland, Oregon & to fostering the growth of dance in the region. Each year they present 12 companies from around the world & commission new works from Portland-based choreographers.
For more information, photos & interviews, please contact Jamie Benson at 323-704-5287 or firstname.lastname@example.org