November 9-19, 2017 | BalletMet Performance Space

World Premieres
Thursday, 11/9 7:30 pm
Friday, 11/10 8:00 pm
Saturday, 11/11 8:00 pm
Sunday, 11/12 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm
Thursday, 11/16 7:30 pm
Friday, 11/17 8:00 pm
Saturday, 11/18 8:00 pm
Sunday, 11/19 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm

Choreography: Ma Cong, Andrea Schermoly, Edwaard Liang

You’re invited to experience ballet in a boldly intimate setting. Front Row will feature three works by three boundary-pushing choreographers inside our Performance Space, a 225-seat theater that places dancers and viewers together. World Premieres by Andrea Schermoly and Edwaard Liang and the Company Premiere of Ma Cong’s Ershter Vals will put the focus on the art, with movement and themes that challenge audience and performer alike.

*Please note fog is used during part of this performance.

Quick Clips

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Run Time

Act I: Ersther Vals/22 Minutes
Intermission/10 Minutes
Act II: FARE THEE WELL/20 Minutes
Intermission/10 Minutes
Act III: The Silence Between…/29 Minutes

TOTAL TIME: One Hour and 31 Minutes

Inside Look

Watch behind the scene footage before catching the works on stage!

In the Studio: Ma Cong’s Ershter Vals

Inside Rehearsal: Edwaard Liang’s The Silence Between…


* indicates Evening or Matinee show
** indicates BalletMet 2 member

Ershter Vals

Choreographer: Ma Cong

Couple One
11/9, 11/11, 11/12 E*, 11/16, 11/17, 11/19 M*
Madeline Skelly + Miguel Anaya
11/10, 11/12 M*, 11/18, 11/19 E*
Arielle Friedman + Leiland Charles

Couple Two
11/9, 11/11, 11/12 E*, 11/16, 11/ 17, 11/19 M*
Jessica Brown + Martin Roosaare
11/10, 11/12 M*, 11/18, 11/19 E*
Grace-Anne Powers + Peter Kurta

Couple Three
11/9, 11/11, 11/12 E*, 11/16, 11/ 17, 11/19 M*
Karen Wing + Michael Sayre
11/10, 11/12 M*
Karen Wing + Jarrett Reimers
11/18, 11/19 E*
Lisset Santander + Jarret Reimers

Couple Four

11/9, 11/11, 11/12 E*, 11/16, 11/ 17, 11/19 M*
Caitlin Valentine-Ellis + Romel Frometa
11/10, 11/12 M*, 11/18, 11/19 E*
Carly Wheaton + Sean Rollofson


Choreographer: Andrea Schermoly

11/9, 11/10, 11/11, 11/12 E*, 11/17, 11/19 M*
Jessica Brown, Grace-Anne Powers, Carly Wheaton, Karen Wing, Kohhei Kuwana, William Newton, Jim Nowakowski, Gabriel Gaffney Smith

11/12 M*, 11/16, 11/18, 11/19 E*
Rachael Jones, Sophie Milosovic, Carly Wheaton, Caitlin Valentine-Ellis, Leiland Charles, Brock Fowler**, Peter Kurta, Gabriel Gaffney Smith

The Silence Between…

Choreographer: Edwaard Liang

11/9, 11/11, 11/17, 11/19 E*
Jessica Brown, Claudia Fernandez, Arielle Friedman, Madeline Skelly, Caitlin Valentine-Ellis, Carly Wheaton, Leiland Charles, Peter Kurta, William Newton, Jim Nowakowski, Jarrett Reimers, Michael Sayre

11/10, 11/12 M*, 11/16, 11/18
Arielle Friedman, Rachael Jones, Darian Kane, Sophie Miklosovic, Allison Perhach**, Grace-Anne Powers, Karen Wing, Miguel Anaya, Romel Frometa, Kohhei Kuwana, Austin Powers, Sean Rollofson, Martin Roosaare

11/12 E*, 11/19 M*
Jessica Brown, Arielle Friedman, Madeline Skelly, Caitlin Valentine-Ellis, Carly Wheaton, Karen Wing, Leiland Charles, Peter Kurta, Jim Nowakowski, Jarrett Reimers, Sean Rollofson, Michael Sayre

Discover More:

Ma Cong started his career at the Beijing Dance Academy training as a Chinese Classical dancer before he joining the National Ballet of China in 1995, then Tulsa Ballet in 1999. He has worked with international directors and performed works by Balanchine, Cranko, Robbins, Tharp, Duato, Kudelka, Kylian, Forsythe, MacMillan, and many others. Ma has also appeared as a Principal Guest Artist on international stages across the world.

As a choreographer, Ma has created original works for Houston Ballet, BalletMet, Ballet Florida , Richmond Ballet, Ballet Des Moines, and many others including Tulsa Ballet, where he is currently the resident choreographer. In 2006, Ma was named one of the “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine for both his dancing and choreography and received The Choo-San Goh award in 2007. Ma was the winner of the 2008 21st Century Choreographic competition and also received the “Audience Favorite” and received the “Editor’s Choice Award” from Pointe Magazine that year. In 2010, Ma choreographed an original piece entitled Calling for Houston Ballet II which was also performed in Germany. Ma was honored as one of the three winning choreographers for Joffrey Ballet’s Choreographers of Color Awards in 2013. Ma’s ballet Ershter Vals opened the Kennedy Center’s 2013 Ballet Across America and it was premiered by Queensland Ballet in Australia in August 2013.

Born in South Africa, Andrea Shermoly (Andi) began her training at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg under the direction of Vyvyan Llorayne. After competing around the world as a member of The South African Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics Team, Andi received a full scholarship to Rambert Ballet and Contemporary School in London and then The Royal Ballet School in London, where she completed her dance education. After joining Boston Ballet Company, Andi was invited to join Netherlands Dance Theater where she performed contemporary works by choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Hans van Manen, and Alexander Ekman.

Now a full-time choreographer, Andi has created works for Festival Ballet Theater, Ballet Theatre Afrikan, Boston Ballet 2, Joffrey Ballet School as well as over 80 pieces for students attending dance competitions such as YAGP throughout the US and Europe, where she was awarded the “Outstanding Choreographer” in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, she received the YAGP “Emerging Choreographer” grant to choreograph at Lincoln Center for YAGP’s 15th anniversary gala, choreographing on dancers Maria Kochetkova and Joaquin de Luz, which has since been re-staged at ‘Buenos Aires International Dance Festival’, Argentina and ‘Stars of the 21st Century Gala’ in the Champs Élysées, Paris. She has also choreographed for feature films and commercials ‘Beautiful Now’, ‘Budweiser Superbowl Commercial’ and ‘Star Trek into Darkness’.

A former dancer with New York City Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater, Edwaard Liang has built an international reputation as a choreographer. Over the last decade, he has created work for the Bolshoi Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Kirov Ballet, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Shanghai Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre and Washington Ballet.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in Marin County, California, Mr. Liang began his dance training at age five with Marin Ballet. After studying at the School of American Ballet, he joined New York City Ballet in 1993. That same year, he was a medal winner at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition and won the Mae L. Wien Award. By 1998, he was promoted to Soloist. In 2001, Mr. Liang joined the Tony Award® winning Broadway cast of Fosse. His performance in Fosse was later televised nationally on PBS’ Great Performances series – “Dance in America: From Broadway: Fosse,” and subsequently released on DVD. By 2002, Mr. Liang was invited by Jiri Kylian to become a member of the acclaimed Nederlands Dans Theater 1.

While dancing with NDT 1, Mr. Liang discovered his passion and love for choreography. Since establishing himself as a choreographer, his works have been performed by dance companies around the world and he has won numerous awards for his choreography including the 2006 National Choreographic Competition. In 2013, Mr. Liang was named Artistic Director at BalletMet where he continues to choreograph new works for companies both domestically and abroad.

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