A Glimpse Beyond (2015)
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Thank you to all who participated in the 2015 production of A Glimpse Beyond!
Jamie LaDamasquina & Antonio Tiri Tran
Mount Auburn Celebration Brass Band
and many more!
Denise Pons returns in 2015 as the Artistic Director of A Glimpse Beyond. Pons has been a professional ballet dancer and dance instructor for over 25 years. Her professional career includes 14 seasons with the Boston Ballet and prior work with the San Francisco Ballet. As a dancer, some of her more notable roles include Swanhilda in Coppelia, Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, in Giselle, the lead in Miss Julie opposite Fernando Bujones, Lady Capulet in Cho San Goh’s Romeo and Juliet, and the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker, performing the roles of Snow Queen, Sugarplum Fairy and Coffee. During her career, Ms. Pons has partnered with dance luminaries Rudolf Nureyev, Eric Bruhn, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Fernando Bujones, Patrick Armand and Simon Dow. She has studied with and been choreographed by: Agnes de Mille, Maurice Bejart, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Elisa Montes, David Bintley, Natalia Dudinskaya (“the glasnost Swan Lake”), Niels Bjorn Larson, and Natalia Karassanova. She toured America and Europe with Rudolf Nureyev in Don Quixote, performing lead roles of Kitri, Kitri’s Friend and Street Dancer. She also was directed by Agnes de Mille in Rodeo, performing the role of Cowgirl.
Pons was selected as a founding cast member of the White Oaks Dance Project by Mark Morris and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Her teaching career began in 1981 with the Boston Ballet and with numerous companies and programs, including the Walnut Hill School. She has been a frequent guest artist for Dance Masters of America, the dance faculty of Harvard Dance, the Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education, and is currently on the faculty of The Boston Conservatory Dance Division, and the Acton School of Ballet. Since 1994, she has been a member of the ballet faculty of The Boston Conservatory (TBC) and serves as the Artistic Director of their Dance Outreach Program. The Outreach program offers lecture/demonstrations and performances in the Boston Public Schools, YMCA’s and retirement communities. Pons duties include working with Boston school officials to select material, choreograph, rehearse and stage the performance’s featuring TBC dancers. She also developed the concept, choreography, staging and scheduling for the TBC 2010 and 2011 World Fest performances.
In the community, Pons has provided choreography, staging, scheduling, and artistic direction for the Acton School of Ballet and Commonwealth Ballet Company, and handled teaching, organization and choreography as well as set design, sound and lighting planning, costumes for 325 students for 7 performances for the Winchester School of Ballet’s full-length Nutcracker production and managed their Spring performances. She has also provided choreography and staging for the past seven years for the Arlington Middle School musical productions of Mulan, High School Musical, Music Man, 13, and Pete’s Dragon, to name just a few.
Musician, Nate Tucker, the new Music Director of A Glimpse Beyond is an active composer and wide-ranging performer with ongoing collaborations in theater ballet and modern dance to his credit.
He was recently featured in American Repertory Theater’s (ART’s) The Tempest as on stage musician performing in a four-piece band of all Tom Waits music. Also at the ART, he performed in Finding Neverland, music by Elliot Kennedy and Gary Barlow.
He can be heard with the world-renowned contemporary music ensemble, Juventas, as core percussionist, as well as pop and world music groups with Flamenco Boston.
Advocating new music in Boston, Mr. Tucker often composes and performs pieces for percussion and electronics. Mr. Tucker’s most recent compositions include A 2012 Drumset Odyssey for electronics and drum set and Ambient Memory, electronic music for multimedia dance performance (choreographed by Peter Dimuro; commissioned and set at the Boston Conservatory).
Exploring acousmatic music in relation to percussion and pop music Mr. Tucker released the album ALTEREGO in 2014, self-produced and published under Off Grid Records. After release, Mr. Tucker was commissioned to compose the entire score for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing with The Boston Theater Company.
When not performing or composing, Nate Tucker can be seen as a dance/theater accompanist, music educator, and clinician, having worked at schools around the world ranging from musicians of the highest caliber at Interlochen and Amsterdam Conservatory to dozens of local intercity school children around the New England area, through Boston Ballet’s Music in Motion, Adaptive Dance, and CityDance programs.
Off Grid, his newest CD, will be released on September 26th with a launch party and a live music video shoot at the Boston Center for the Arts. Learn more about Off Grid here.
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