Nine NJ choreographers to hold 2-day showcase at SOPAC

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Choreographers are a rare breed of innovators. Moving dancers through space with humor, passion, elegance and power is their specialty. Now, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and South Orange Performing Arts Center present “Artists Who Innovate: A Celebration of New Jersey Choreographers,” two spectacular evenings of performances from nine New Jersey choreographers on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m. These award-winning choreographers have recently been granted fellowships by the NJSCA for their excellence in choreography. The May 4 performance features the work of Claire Porter, Nancy Turano, Stephanie Nerbak and Kyle Marshall. On May 5, choreographers Hillary-Marie, Loretta DiBianca Fois, Lauren Connolly, Samuel Pott and Keith Thompson will be featured.
The New Jersey Individual Artist Fellowships are competitive awards to New Jersey artists in 12 different disciplines granted solely on independent peer panel assessment of work samples. The anonymous process is focused on artistic quality, and awards may be used to help artists produce new work and advance their careers. This program is carried out in partnership with the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
“This two-day celebration is going to be exceptional,” State Arts Council interim Executive Director Allison Tratner said in a press release. “SOPAC is the perfect place to bring together this impressive, diverse lineup of choreographers for an eclectic, inspiring and entertaining experience, and the council is proud to help make it possible.”
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