Nicole Caruana, BalletX’s 2020 Choreographic Fellow, is quickly ascending the ranks of emerging choreographers with recent commissions for Scapino Ballet and Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. Her awards include first prize at Germany’s International Competition for Choreographers and the Technos College International Prize. In her work, she explores the cyclical nature of existence, and the mysterious life of the mind. Her BalletX premiere is set to the music of Elvis Presley.
Gregory Dawson is Artistic Director of San Francisco’s dawsondancesf, a company he founded in 2007 following a 20-year career dancing with Alonzo King LINES Ballet. In 2015, he received the Isadora Duncan Award for birds eye view. His work delves into the collaborative nature of choreography, and features “muscular, sinewy, high-impact modern dance inflected and informed by classical ballet” (San Francisco Chronicle). Gregory’s premiere is set to the choreographer’s original score and music of Jessye Norman.
John McFall performed as a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet for two decades before going on to choreograph works for National Ballet of Canada, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Mikhail Baryshnikov at American Ballet Theatre. As former Artistic Director of Atlanta Ballet and BalletMet, he commissioned Twyla Tharp and Wayne McGregor. His work embraces “simple gestures” and is described as “stunning” and “beautifully performed” (Backstage Beat). John’s premiere features the music of Ezio Bosso.
The BalletX Choreographic Fellowship is generously supported by the Wyncote Foundation