Marigny Opera Ballet
Founded in 2014, the Marigny Opera Ballet is a professional contemporary ballet company based in the Marigny Opera House of New Orleans. Its award-winning inaugural 2014/2015 season included the works of three New Orleans-based choreographers, Donna Crump, Diogo de Lima and Maya Taylor. The Company performs to live music, frequently newly-commissioned works by local composers.
Company Directors: Spencer Doyle and Dave Hurlbert
Rehearsal Director: Maya Taylor
Music Director: Francis Scully
Technical Director: Leah Farrelly
Dancers: Anna Iosipiv, Trey Mauldwin, Donavan Davis, Kellis Oldenburg, Phillip Rush, Gretchen Erickson, John Bozeman
Apprentices: Will Byram and Ashlie Russell
Season 2: 2015/2016: October 2, 2015 through May 15, 2016
Orfeo (premiere) October 2-4, 2015 – an original full-length work by Maya Taylor with a commissioned score by local composer Tucker Fuller. The ballet recounts the ancient Greek myth of Orfeo and Eurydice.
Christmas Concerto (premiere) December 10-13, 2015 – a full-length work to music of Arcangelo Corelli and George Frideric Handel
Emerging Choreographers March 18-20, 2016 – new works by promising local choreographers
Program 4 – Mixed Repertory May 13-15, 2016 – audience favorites from the Company’s inaugural season
Subscription sales are available online only. Tickets to individual programs go on sale September 1, 2015.
Donna Crump is an award-winning choreographer and a native New Orleanian. Upon receiving a B.F.A in dance from Tulane University, the N.O.C.C.A dance alumnus studied with Brazil’s premiere dance company Grupo Corpo. She has performed with her founding company Good Dance Since 1984, The John/Allen Project, The First Physical Theatre in Grahamstown, South Africa, and Tsunami Dance Company. Donna founded Good Dance Since 1984 in February of 2012 and is currently working with the company to provide dance education as well as local, national, and international performance opportunities for the youth and other professional artists. Good Dance Since 1984 has presented work at The Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, The Dances Made To Order online Dance Film Festival, Southern Voices Dance Festival, and The New Orleans Fringe Festival, where 1984’s presentation of Isis & Nephthys earned the company its first Big Easy Tribute to The Classical Arts Award for Outstanding Choreography (New Work).
Diogo de Lima is originally from Brazil and became a New Orleans-based dancer/choreographer/actor. He studied dance at Royal Academy Of Dance of London, and has performed as a dancer and guest artist with several international dance companies such as Le Jeune Ballet Du France, Kirov Ballet, Compañia Nacional De Danza, Pina Baush, Grupo Corpo, First Physical Theatre, and José Limón Dance Company, among others. He has received many awards for his dancing and choreography, both in Brazil and internationally. As an actor he has worked with directors Robert Wilson, James Franco, Carlos Saldanha, Lucy Barreto, Fabio Barreto and Marcelo Santiago.
Nikki Hefko Nikki’s choreography has been performed at various New York City venues, Madison, WI, and most recently at The Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans. She was an emerging artist at Harlem Stage, NY and she choreographed for Music and Motion: Original Dance and Music. Created by Grammy nominated composer Tania Leon, Music and Motion paired choreographers and composers to collaborate and create work performed by The Dance Theatre of Harlem and The American Modern Ensemble. Nikki was a company member at the Dance Theatre of Harlem and danced with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens and The Metropolitan Opera. Nikki began her training at Mobile Ballet and graduated from Loyola University. In New Orleans, she danced with Loyola Ballet, Ballet Hysell, and the New Orleans Ballet Ensemble. An American Ballet Theater® Certified Teacher in levels Pre-Primary through 7 of the ABT® National Teacher Training Curriculum, Nikki is owner/director of The New Orleans School of Ballet.
Maya Taylor is a New Orleans based choreographer and dancer. She is the founder of Maya Taylor Dance, a contemporary dance project created in May 2012. She has studied at Ballet West Conservatory, The Ailey School, Jacob’s Pillow and is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program. Shortly after receiving her degree Taylor joined Elisa Monte Dance and for several years performed throughout the United States and Europe. During her time with the company, The New York Times called the dancers of Elisa Monte “a performing tour de force.” She has held residencies at both Creighton University and with University of Nebraska at Omaha’s The Moving Company. In 2012, her work La Dispute was performed at Regional Dance America’s 2012 National Festival in Montreal. Taylor was chosen to choreograph a large scale piece for Omaha Performing Arts’ The Rite Returns festival in February 2013 and her solo One Thousand and One was chosen as DANCE Magazine’s Video of the Month in their August 2013 issue. Maya is currently the rehearsal director and resident choreographer for the Marigny Opera Ballet in New Orleans.