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THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK

September 21- October 7, 2012
BalletMet Performance Space

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Celebrating the songs that keep America whistling, tapping, clapping and yes, dancing! Featured are Amy Seiwert’s Dear Miss Cline, a spirited dance set to songs of country singer Patsy Cline; a reprise of Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Simply Sammy, a tribute to the legendary Sammy Davis, Jr.; and a collaboration with the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus. All in the intimate setting of BalletMet’s jewel box 225-seat Performance Space!


Behind-the-Scenes

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Collaboration

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Artist Bios

Amy Seiwert enjoyed a nineteen-year performing career dancing with the Smuin, LA Chamber and Sacramento Ballets. As a dancer with Smuin Ballet she became involved with the “Protégé Program” where her choreography was mentored by the late Michael Smuin, and became Choreographer in Residence there upon her retirement from dancing in 2008. Her work is in the repertory of Ballet Austin, BalletMet, Smuin, Sacramento, Colorado, Louisville and American Repertory Ballets as well as Robert Moses KIN. Named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, her first full evening of choreography was named one of the “Top 10” dance events of 2007 by the SF Chronicle. Twice she has worked with dancers from New York City Ballet, participating in the NY Choreography Institute at the invitation of Peter Martins. She also directs Imagery, a contemporary ballet company that collaborates with artists of other disciplines and is committed to experimental work from a classical base. Collaborations include works with visual designers Marc Morozumi and Matthew Antaky, composers Daniel Bernard Roumain and Mason Bates, media designer Frieder Weiss and spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph.


Darrell Grand Moultrie Darrell Grand Moultrie
Choreographer Darrell was born and raised in Harlem. After beginning his training in musical theater and dance at PS144 and The Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts in East Harlem, he studied opera and dance at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts. Moultrie received his bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School, and upon graduation, earned the prestigious Martha Hill prize for outstanding achievement and leadership. He now pursues a career as both a choreographer and performer and his work is being performed throughout the country. Darrell is a recent recipient of a 2007/08 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award. Choreographic works include: The Juilliard School, BalletMet Columbus, Atlanta Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Ailey 2, Cincinnati Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, North Carolina Dance Theater, Milwaukee Ballet, and Modo Fusion. The dancers of the Broadway musical, The Color Purple, have performed his choreography. Most recently Darrell was commissioned by Stanford University for travel to South Africa to set a new work for the Dance For All Youth Company. In addition, Darrell has been on faculty and taught master classes at many artistic institutions across the United States, including the Juilliard School, Stanford University, the Ailey School, Dance Theater of Harlem ,and Perry Mansfield, where his unique teaching style. He has also choreographed national commercials for Mastercard, Mod’s hair products, Schick Quattro 4 razor, and has done work for the Dave Chappelle show. Darrell staged “Unspeakable” a work on Richard Pryor for the New York City Fringe Theater Festival directed by Rod Gailes. In January 2006, he was the youngest judge on the panel for the 2006 Miss America pageant in Las Vegas. As a performer, Darrell was seen on Broadway in Aida where he performed the role of Mereb opposite Toni Braxton, Hairspray with Harvey Fierstein, and he served as dance captain for the original mounting of The Color Purple. Darrell is currently serving as the Director of The Harbor Conservatory’s Musical Theater Division in New York City and was recently cast in the ensemble of the New Broadway musical Billy Elliott.


Free Open Rehearsal

Friday, September 14th at 5 p.m.

BalletMet Performance Space - 322 Mt. Vernon Ave. behind the main building

Followed by a Private Q&A for our Red Boots Society Members

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