THE 2007 Pawtucket Arts Festival
JUMP and Cadence Collaborative
Performing together on
Sunday, September 9 – 4-6pm
at the Pawtucket Armory
Come Experience the Arts, Pawtucket-Style!
Pawtucket – On Sunday, September 9 from 4-6pm, the Pawtucket Arts Festival presents two nationally recognized ballet troupes on one stage in the grand hall of the Pawtucket Armory, now known as the Arts Exchange. This event is free and open to the public.
At 4pm, Pawtucket will welcome JUMP! This is not your typical dance company! JUMP! is a unique dance company specializing in dance-theater that combines ballet technique, modern dance, exciting sets, original music and acting. Artistic Director Mary Paula Hunter collaborates with her young company involving them in all aspects of the production. Children take center stage – dancing, acting, directing, and will perform works from its quirky, cutting edge repertory. Highlights include GI JESSICA, BARBIE, and BEACH DANCE. These dancers love to move and present dances that speak to all ages. Based in Providence, RI for children ages 8 to 18, JUMP! is a collaborative dance company founded in 1999 by Artistic Director Mary Paula Hunter with a mission to encourage and instruct young local artists in creating and performing original choreography.
At 5pm, Cadence Collaborative will take the stage and make its debut. This special performance of contemporary ballet for the Pawtucket Arts Festival 2007 will be the ‘premier performance’ for this group of artisans to reunite. Cadence Collaborative is an organization devoted to presenting different contemporary ballet and modern choreographers. Most of the choreographers are Rhode Island bred or reside here now – many have performed and presented their work throughout the US. This is a group excited about the creative process of choreographing and eager to inspire others to create works. Performers include:Heidi Henderson is the choreographer for elephant JANE dance, a pick up company in RI. Heidi is the 2000 and 2005 recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship. elephant JANE dance has performed at the South Bank Centre in London, New York City, Boston, Rhode Island, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Festival and The International Festival of Dance in Taegu, Korea. Heidi’s piece “Skirt” was selected for inclusion in the New England Choreographer’s Showcase at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New London, CT. Heidi has danced in the companies of Bebe Miller, Nina Wiener, Peter Schmitz, Sondra Loring, and Paula Josa-Jones. Heidi is currently a contributing editor at Contact Quarterly, a vehicle for moving ideas. Heidi received her BA from Colby College and her MFA from Smith College and is in her fourth year as Assistant Professor at Connecticut College. She has taught nationally and internationally as a member of Bebe Miller Co. and Nina Wiener Co and has been in residence or on the faculty at Amherst College, Bates Dance Festival, Brown University, BYU, Colby College, DanceSpace Inc. in NYC, Dartmouth College, Hampshire College, The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, RIC, Roger Williams University, and NYU’s Tisch Dance Summer Festival. Heidi hopes her work makes you feel and think, in that order.
Danielle Genest received her primary training at the Newport Academy of Ballet. She also studies at Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet Academy and the North Carolina School for the Arts. Danielle has performed with Spindle City Ballet, Colleen Cavanaugh and Dancers, Gleich Dancers and most recently with New York City Ballet Theater. As a choreographer, she has set works for the Hartford Ballet ‘s Arts Exclusive, New York City THeater Ballet, Island Moving Company and a price for the Tallahassee Ballet in August 2006. She has taught dance at Newport Academy of Baller, Ballet School of New York and the Dance Academy of Fall River. Colleen Cavanaugh danced professionally in New York and Europe before returning to Rhode Island. She choreographed for and directed Cadence Dance Project for four years and is now working as an independent choreographer, making ballets for regional companies and college dance programs. Cavanaugh received a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts fellowship in choreography as well as several project grants in the past. Two ballets have been chosen and presented by Ballet Builders in New York City, a showcase for contemporary ballet. Her ballets have been performed in New England, New York and Europe. Colleen received a medical degree from Brown University and is also a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist. Several of her ballets integrate art and healing by touching on such subjects as breast cancer, domestic violence and teen pregnancy. These have been presented at various medical conferences as well as at events sponsored by Waking Dreams, a non profit organization focusing on the healing power of the arts. Eva Marie Pacheco has been the owner and Director of Providence Ballet for the past 12 years as well as its satellite school Providence Ballet @ Aim High Academy in East Greenwich RI; she joined the Dance faculty at RI College in 2004. She is Artistic Director of the Providence Youth Ballet which made its Performance debut at the Greenwich Odeum in the spring of 2004. Currently performing with the Island Moving Company of Newport RI; A RI native she was a founding member of Festival Ballet under the Direction of Christine Hennesey and Winthrop Cory. She toured with the Everett Dance Theatre in ‘The Science Project’, and ‘Body of Work’. When not working with IMC, she can be found working with Colleen Cavanaugh, of Providence, RI and carolsomersDANCE of Boston, MA. As a choreographer, she has created several works for Festival Ballet, including ‘Los Caminos’ and ‘In The Mood’, for IMC, most recently ‘Je Ne Regrette Rein’. Eva Marie’s first full-length Ballet ‘Twas the Night before Christmas,’ premiered in December 1995 with IMC. In the winter of 2002 she was instrumental in mounting “A Newport Nutcracker” at Rosecliff for the IMC. Her greatest accomplishment to date by far; are her children Sara and Michael. Michael Bolger began dancing 23 years ago due to the encouragement from his mother Rosemary. Since that time he has been very busy performing, choreographing and teaching. Michael is dancing for the Island Moving Company, Carol Somers and Colleen Cavanaugh. He is currently on faculty at Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University and is the children’s director at Providence Ballet. He now lives in Providence in a 1928 firehouse with his life partner Eva Marie Pacheco. The Pawtucket Arts Festival 2007 will be packed with a variety of events from August 24 – September 16. Please check our website, www.pawtucketartsfestival.org, for a complete listing of dates and times.
Or call Diane Agostini for more information about the art festival events at (401) 724-5200