Indianapolis Ballet | IB Welcomes Award-winning Choreographer Joshua Bergasse as Collaborator for New Works Showcase
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IB Welcomes Award-winning Choreographer Joshua Bergasse as Collaborator for New Works Showcase

17 Oct IB Welcomes Award-winning Choreographer Joshua Bergasse as Collaborator for New Works Showcase

Acclaimed Broadway Director and Choreographer to Stage Original Work Aspects of Andy,

Bergasse’s Visit in Indy to Include Master Class at IB Studios on Sunday, Oct. 28

 

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, October 17, 2018) – Indianapolis Ballet is bringing Broadway to the Circle City as part of its New Works performances by welcoming award-winning choreographer Joshua Bergasse as a guest collaborator for the upcoming showcase series.

Bergasse will visit Indianapolis from Oct. 26-28 to stage his original work, Aspects of Andy, on the IB professional company in preparation for next month’s series of four performances Nov. 8-11 at The District Theatre (627 Massachusetts Avenue). Full details on the production, including repertoire and ticket information, can be found at www.indyballet.org/newworks.

As part of his stay in Indianapolis, Bergasse will also conduct a master class at IB’s downtown studios (502 N. Capitol Ave., Suite B) on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Dancers can learn full details and find the online registration link by visiting www.indyballet.org/bergasse. Pre-registration for the event will cost $60, while registration the day of the event will cost $75.

Media members seeking interview opportunities with Bergasse in advance of or during his visit to Indianapolis are asked to contact Pamela Cooper at pamela@thecoopercompany.biz or 212-904-1000 (office).

Indianapolis Ballet’s performance of Aspects of Andy will bring Bergasse back to Indiana, where he debuted the choreography on the Indiana University Ballet Theater in October 2010, which featured current IB member Chris Lingner. The work was part of “The Baker Dances,” a jazz-inspired presentation featuring music composed by legendary IU Jacobs School of Music Distinguished Professor David Baker.

On Broadway, Bergasse choreographed the revival of On The Town, for which he received an Astaire Award and was nominated for the TONYDrama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Also on Broadway, Joshua choreographed the revival of Gigi, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which is currently on tour in the United States. Most recently, Joshua directed and choreographed the New York revival of Smokey Joe’s Café – The Songs of Leiber and Stoller.

Off Broadway credits include Sweet Charity (Chita Award winner, Lortel Award nomination), Cagney (Drama Desk, Astaire, Outer Critics Circle Award), Bomb-Itty of Errors, and Captain Louie. Some of Bergasse’s other credits as a choreographer include West Side Story (Stratford Festival), The Golden Apple, Little Me, and It’s A Bird… It’s A Plane… It’s Superman! (City Center Encores!), The Royal Family of Broadway and Pirates of Penzance (Barrington Stage), and CandideGuys and Dolls, and The Sound of Music (Carnegie Hall). Bergasse also directed and choreographed Hazel (Drury Lane Theatre), West Side Story (North Carolina Theater), and co-directed/choreographed the Bombshell on Broadway concert at the Minskoff Theatre. This past summer in celebration of Jerome Robbins’ and Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthdays Bergasse reimagined his choreography from ON THE TOWN for both the National Symphony in DC and the famous INTREPID Museum, and WEST SIDE STORY for the world-renowned Boston Symphony at Tanglewood.

For film/television, Bergasse won the Emmy Award for his choreography on NBC’s musical drama SMASH. He also choreographed multiple segments on So You Think You Can Dance.  For PBS, he choreographed Sinatra: A Voice for a Century, and A Capitol Fourth.  Bergasse also choreographed an episode of Jessica Jones for Netflix.

Details on New Works and all productions taking place during Indianapolis Ballet’s 2018-19 Season can be found at www.indyballet.org/performances. To learn more about the artists bringing extraordinary ballet to the Circle City, visit www.indyballet.org/company. For interview opportunities with IB company members and artistic staff, please coordinate with John Koluder at jkoluder@indyballet.org or 317-919-0808 (mobile).

 

About Indianapolis Ballet, Inc.

Indianapolis Ballet, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the advancement of professional ballet and dance education through extraordinary performances and world-class training. Centrally located in the heart of downtown, the Indianapolis School of Ballet (ISB) has served as Indiana’s premier destination for professional dance instruction since opening its doors to students in 2006. With its debut in early 2018, Indianapolis Ballet has established the presence of a fully-professional, resident ballet company in the Circle City for the first time in over a decade. For more information on how Indianapolis Ballet, Inc. is moving this timeless art form forward in Indianapolis, visit  www.indyballet.org and follow @indyballet on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.