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Intermezzo Dance Company's Debut Performance Season to Feature Two World Premiere Ballets

by Michelle Brandon
August 8, 2013
New York, NY
Intermezzo Dance Company, a new ballet company founded by American Ballet Theatre soloist Craig Salstein, announces its debut performance season. Performances will take place from October 18-20, 2013 at 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, 1395 Lexington Avenue (between 91st and 92nd Streets), NYC. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.92Y.org/dance or 212.415.5500. Performance schedule: Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm. In addition, Intermezzo will show excerpts of new works participate in a Q&A as part of 92Y's informal Fridays at Noon program on the 18th ($5).

Intermezzo will offer a program celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi. The Company will perform World Premiere ballets set to Verdi's String Quartet in E-minor (the composer's only surviving chamber work, written in 1873) and to a specially arranged suite of music from the Master's tuneful and dramatic opera Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball). The pieces will feature live music by The Wyrick Quartet led by Eric Wyrick, concertmaster of the New Jersey Symphony.

"It's not uncommon to see three or four Verdi operas at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, and La Scala in one season. His music is known to pull forth from the interpreter technique and passion, two words familiar to a dancer. Intermezzo hopes to create a place in the dance world where the dancers' technique and passion are drawn upon in new and vivid repertoire," said Salstein.

Marcelo Gomes (ABT), Lisa de Ribere (formerly with New York City Ballet and with ABT), Adam Hendrickson (formerly with New York City Ballet), Gemma Bond (ABT), and Raymond Lukens (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School) will choreograph works for an ensemble of vibrant dancers, including Stephen Hanna, Carlos Lopez, Kaitlyn Gilliland, Nadezhda Vostrikov, Shoshana Rosenfield, Sarah James, Amber Neff and Aran Bell. Charles Barker serves as Music Advisor.

Intermezzo Dance Company, founded by ABT soloist Craig Salstein, will seek to create new works in the genre of classical ballet using the music of the great composers as an inspirational springboard.


Born in Miami, Florida, Craig Salstein began dancing at five years old with Mia Michaels and at age eleven became a student at the Miami City Ballet School. He trained in summer programs at The Joffrey Ballet, the School of American Ballet and at American Ballet Theatre. In 1999 he joined the Miami City Ballet and in 2000 joined American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company. In 2002 he joined the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre and was promoted to Soloist in March 2007. Salstein's repertory with the Company includes Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, the first sailor in Fancy Free, the Bronze Idol in La Bayadère, the Champion Roper in Rodeo, Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room, Paul Taylor's Company B, He created leading roles in Alexi Ratmansky's Symphony #9 and The Nutcracker. In 2010 he choreographed for ABT's "Innovative Initiative."

For more information, please visit intermezzodancecompany.org.


92Y is a world-class nonprofit community and cultural center that connects people at every stage of life to the worlds of education, the arts, health and wellness, and Jewish life. Through the breadth and depth of 92Y's extraordinary programs, 92Y enriches lives, creates community and elevates humanity. More than 300,000 people visit 92Y in New York City annually and many more connect through digital and social media, live webcasts of events, and an extensive archive of stage programs and original content produced for the web, all available on 92YOnDemand.org. A proudly Jewish organization since its founding in 1874, 92Y embraces its heritage and enthusiastically welcomes people of all backgrounds and perspectives. For more information, visit www.92Y.org/dance.
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