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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…

In UC-Irvine Archives, the Bernard Johnson costumes for Gleich

Julia K. Gleich, Secret Combinations, UC Irvine, Bernard JohnsonBernard Johnson (1936-1997) was a dancer, costume designer, director, choreographer, and teacher who amassed an extensive list of credits working in television, film and Broadway hits such as “Raisin in the Sun.” In 1991, on the recommendation of University of California-Irvine dance professor and choreographer Donald McKayle, Johnson was recruited as the first UCI professor of costume design for dancers, obtaining an appointment as an assistant professor of dance. It was there in 1995 at UCI that Gleich, who at the time was a visiting artist in residence, met Johnson. Johnson would go on to design costumes for Gleich’s ballet Secret Combinations.  Johnson, who died two year later in 1997 at the age of 60, is now the feature of an exhibition and article at UC-Irvine. The article features one of the designs Bernard made for Gleich’s ballet. Continue reading…

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Dance Enthusiast interviews Julia K. Gleich

Dance Enthusiast, interview, Julia K. Gleich, Brooklyn BalletVia Dance Enthusiast
This year when Brooklyn Ballet takes to the stage for its Spring season, one detail will be quite different than in years past. Brooklyn Ballet has announced its first resident choreographer since 2007: the London-based New Yorker, Julia K. Gleich. The Dance Enthusiast caught up with Gleich over the phone shortly after her new position was announced. Take a look at what she had to say. READ MORE >