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Dancelog Review: Martha a fantasia on the American West

Martha, Julia K Gleich, Gleich Dances“Searching / Martha at Mark Morris Dance Center”

by Leigh Witchel

“A fantasia on the American West is a risky way to celebrate your silver anniversary. Impressionistic ballets can be incoherent nightmares. But Julia Gleich pressed on and made “Martha (The Searchers)” to celebrate 25 years of her company Gleich Dances. Like the West, it wasn’t tidy, but you could unquestionably follow the trail…”

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Hyperallergic: Ballet Inspired by a Western Finds Shape in Artist Elanna Hergzog’s Layered Designs

Martha, Gleich Dances, The Searchers, Julia K Gleich

Ballet Inspired by a Western Finds Shape in Artist Elanna Hergzog’s Layered Designs

by Elena Goukassian


This weekend at Brooklyn’s Mark Morris Dance Center, choreographer Julia K. Gleich and visual artist and 2017 Guggenheim fellow Elana Herzog present the premier of their new collaborative project, a full-length ballet titled Martha (The Searchers).


DanceInforma: Julia Gleich to Celebrate 25-years

Gleich Dances at Mark Morris Dance Center, Brooklyn

DanceInforma / October 24, 2017

Gleich Dances announces its 25th anniversary season with Martha (The Searchers) on October 27-29 at Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn. Having served as the Head of Choreography at London Studio Centre and on faculty at Trinity LABAN Conservatoire of Music and Dance since 2003, Artistic Director Julia Gleich marks this milestone back in New York, where her extensive body of work began.


Brooklyn Ballet performs Martha (The Searchers) June 2017

I am so pleased to be sharing my new ballet, Martha (The Searchers) with the lovely dancers of Brooklyn Ballet. We had a week-long rehearsal period in April and then another in early June to re-create the ballet. The ballet continues to evolve as different dancers develop the roles. It is a pleasure to continue to explore this fertile ground in its early forms and am already working on the “feature length” performance for October.

“Martha tests some of the basic tenants of ballet by deconstructing pivotal but cliché moments from historical dances and using a backdrop of an insouciant corps de ballet built upon the Western swagger. The choreography is developed from the role of Martha, in the iconic 1956 John Ford Western The Searchers. A tragic character not unlike Giselle, her world is constructed in a series of episodes that explore the tangents of ballet and Hollywood’s Wild West.” Visual Artist Elana Herzog, a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, collaborates.

And here’s a trailer for the Brooklyn Ballet 2017 Season:

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JKG presents at Greece’s “Cut & Paste: Dance Advocacy in the Age of Austerity”

Gleich Dances, Julia Gleich, contemporary ballet, ballet

In a roundtable called “Contemporary Ballet – global economies and cultural/national exchanges”, I presented my research and experiences producing CounterPointe for the last 4 years, alongside colleagues, Dr. Ann Nugent, Forsythe scholar (what super lady!) and the irrepressible Dr. Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel.

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JKG and Sculptor Rachel Beach Talk Collaboration

Rachel Beach, Julia Gleich, Gleich Dances, collaboration, dance, sculpture

I was excited to have the opportunity to talk with Sharon Butler / Two Coats of Paint about my collaboration with sculptor Rachel Beach. Our new ballet titled “Immovable” features shared ideas with Beach of weight and momentum and include projections and sculptures by the artist. Continue reading…

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GD reviewed in Dance Enthusiast

Dance Enthusiast, review, interview, Julia K. Gleich, Brooklyn BalletErin Bomboy of Dance Enthusiast reviews the latest new ballet by Julia Gleich:

A concoction of pink satin and thread, its only prosaic element a leather sole, the pointe shoe emblematizes ballet, and, in particular, Balanchine’s famous dictum that “ballet is woman.” The pointe shoe acts as the intermediary between heaven and earth. Flesh-and-blood ballerinas — because it’s women who almost always wear pointe shoes — balance on its tiny tip to evoke the celestial, the divine. It appeared in the 19th century, popularized by Marie Taglioni, whose light-as-air dancing belied a grueling training regimen, and ballet never looked back.

This is where Counterpointe starts, but not at all where it will end. In the hands of seven female choreographers who’ve been paired with seven painters and sculptors (also women), the pointe shoe, and sometimes ballet itself, receives a fresh interpretation.

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Prague – (Dance) Hackathon… We Won!

Julia Gleich, Gleich Dances, prague, Hackathon, danceI participated in the Hackathon November 20-21, 2015 in the wonderful city of Prague with CIANT and Europeana. It was a chance to brush off my tech/digital/math skills and work with some terrific new artists and programmers and dancer/choreographers. This was a stimulating weekend and I am proud that my partner, Ivor Diosi, and I were one of the winning teams. (My other team also won – Aidan Boyle, Martin Zrcek and Mirka Papajíková!) Lots of intriguing ideas about 3-d animation, use of EEG and motion capture, playing with sequencing or captured material as part of a near-AI approach to interactivity. For more detail on my collaboration visit Ivor’s tumblr page. For more on this project watch the CIANT Prague video of the weekend.
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London – Kaleidoscopic Arts

Julia Gleich, ballet, contemporary ballet, symposium, Kaleidoscopic, London

I met up with Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform in London to talk about choreographic success for women. I shared some of my own experiences as a choreographer, teacher and producer. We had a lively talk about strategies to move our careers forward. My motto: continue to do what you do. Glad to have formed new contacts and to show support for this terrific organization. Continue reading…

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New Film by JKG in Major Exhibition Focused on Pattern, Repetition and Motif

Gleich, Julia K. Gleich, film, videoNew York, NY – A new film by Julia K. Gleich has been included in a major exhibition surveying new work in pattern, repetition and motif in New York at 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery (btwn 51st and 52nd Street, NYC). Titled between a place and candy: new works in pattern + repetition + motif, the exhibition brings together a diverse selection of artists where pattern, repetition, and motif play vital roles in the inspiration, development and completion of their work. Continue reading…