Marigny Opera House Dance Company
2014/2015 Inaugural Season
New Orleans is a flourishing home of the arts. Now it is home to a new dance company dedicated to our proud tradition of music, dancing, and the joy of living. With its debut in October, 2014, the Marigny Opera House Dance Company has embarked on its inaugural season on the stage of the Marigny Opera House. Six dancers—three women and three men—will present three programs of world premieres by some of the city’s finest choreographers, and accompanied by New Orleans’s finest musicians.
Program One: October 24th-26th, 2014
Selcouth Liaison - Choreography: Maya Taylor; Music: Acqua Aria, Acqua Terra by Giovanni Solima, performed by Elise Butler-Pinkham, cello, and cello ensemble (Premiere)
The Fun Police - Choreography: Donna Crump; Music by Donald Surtain, violin, and Oliver Bodie, baritone sax (Premiere)
Blast – Choreography: Diogo de Lima; Music by Young Fellaz Brass Band (Premiere)
Program Two: January 23rd-25th, 2015
The Four Seasons - A collaboration among the three resident choreographers, created to Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (1725).
Spring: Diogo de Lima
Summer: Maya Taylor
Autumn: Donna Crump
Winter: Ms. Crump, Mr. de Lima, Ms. Taylor
Violin Soloist: Kate Withrow
Musicians: Gabriel Platica, violin, Raúl Gómez, violin, Ila Rondeau, viola, Philip von Maltzahn, cello, Todd Simmons, harpsichord
Music Coordinator: Francis Scully
Program Three: April 17th-19th, 2015
To Be Announced.
(Left to right: Maya Taylor, Britney Kuehn, Curtis Thomas, Trey Mauldwin, Anna Iosipiv, Kirk Gagnon. Photos by Robert X. Fogarty.)
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 House Dance Company in New Orleans.
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.
Photos by Robert X. Fogarty.