Intermezzo to take part in MovementTalks

Intermezzo Dance Company in first performanceIntermezzo Dance Company, founded last year by American Ballet Theatre soloist Craig Salstein, will be featured in Edward Henkel’s MovementTalks on Friday, January 31 at 8 p.m. at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center in New York City.


In the company’s second appearance, Intermezzo will perform and take part in a panel discussion at the 92nd Street Y, located at 1395 Lexington Avenue.


Craig Salstein and choreographers Claudia Schreier and Gemma Bond, together with dancers Kaitlyn Gilliland, Amber Neff, Nadezhda Vostrikov and Stephen Hanna, explore the role of beauty and how future choreography will be impacted by it. Music for the program will include Beethoven, Schubert and Dutch composer Douwe Eisenga. 


Looking back to ballet’s origins, the program will ask: How is it that a dance form created in 17th century France emerged as arguably the most adaptable and enduring style of theatrical dance? Despite its rarified origins, ballet has evolved to become relevant and popular all around the world and many contemporary choreographers even try their hand at it.


The program will also address and pose questions like: Is ballet simply about beauty? Is that its strength? What’s the difference between prettiness and beauty? How will ballet keep changing in the future?


Intermezzo Dance Company seeks to create new works in the genre of classical ballet and provide an environment where dancers and choreographers work together to build repertoire for the future. 


For tickets to this MovementTalk next Friday, visit or call (212) 415-5500. Tickets start at $15. For more information on this new company, read Dance Informa’s feature article on Intermezzo from July 2013.


Photo: Kaitlyn Gilliland and Rina Barrantes dancing in Intermezzo’s premiere performance. Photo by Sarah Sterner, courtesy of Intermezzo Dance Company.