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Announcing the release of an American Public Television special airing nationwide in April, 2018
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Where: American Public Television
Hosted by beloved skating personalities JoJo Starbuck and Ryan Bradley, The World of Ice Dance International will introduce public television viewers to a unique and revolutionary celebration on ice of two beloved art forms: figure skating and dance.
Shot outdoors against the mountains of Sun Valley, Idaho, Stellar Adventure Media created a program combining the repertoire of Ice Dance International, an ice ballet company with guest appearances of stars and friends from the worlds of skating and dance.
The program will offer, with elegance and taste, an exciting and groundbreaking new American art form.
“(IDI) gives you a sensitivity, it has a way to talk about physicality, about period, about style, a certain musicality, a certain classicism,
a certain structure, that makes logic and sense.” Edward Villella
With appearances by beloved American skating icons, Dorothy Hamill, JoJo Starbuck, and Dick Button along with a master of American ballet, Edward Villella and IDI Artistic Director Douglas Webster; the audience will journey through stunning performances choreographed by Mr. Webster and Mr. Villella.
The pieces range from the classical Balanchine tradition to a contemporary work with music by Moby.
The program also includes documentary segments on Sun Valley, Edward Villella, and John Curry, the 1976 Olympic Champion who started the movement of ensemble skating over 40 years ago.
Also featured are memoriams of Debbie Gordon and Marilyn Kasputys. The show is dedicated to these two remarkable woman who passed away in 2017.
The program breaks traditional boundaries and redefines and sees anew the art of figure skating, away from the world of competitions, exhibition shows and family entertainment.
Featured IDI Repertory:
WINTER DREAMS (2017)
Choreography: Douglas Webster
Ballet Consultant: Edward Villella
Music: Serenade In C Major for String Orchestra, Op. 48_ Pezzo In Forma Di Sonatina_ Andante Non Troppo; Allegro Moderato
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by: New York City Ballet Orchestra, Robert Irving, Conductor
Courtesy of Rhino Records
Costumes: Alicia Jackson, 2017 Collection
Carly Donowick, Lauren Farr, Beata Handra, Naomi Lang-Strong, Kim Navarro, Anastasia Olson
Jordan Cowan, Joel Dear, Todd Gilles, Jonathon Hunt, Ian Lorello, Neill Shelton
THE THREE SMOKERS (2014, 2015, 2016)
Choreography: Edward Villella
Music: Back Bay Shuffle (written by Artie Shaw and Ted Mcrae), Begin The Beguine (written by Cole Porter), Stardust (written by Hoagy Carmichal and Mitchell Parish), and Oh! Lady Be Good (written by Ira Gershwin and George Gershwin)
Performed by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Sony Records
Costumes: Alicia Jackson: 2016 premiere Ken Shelley Collection
Carly Donowick,Kim Navarro, and Erin Reed
Brent Bommentre, Ryan Bradley, and Jonathon Hunt
Choreography of Three Smokers copyright Edward Villella
Back Bay Shuffle originally commissioned in memory of Will Sears
VISIONS OF EMERALDS: AN HOMAGE TO MR. BALANCHINE (2016)
Choreography: Edward Villella
Music: Faure: Incidental Music to Pelleas et Melisande, Op. 80. And Shylock, Op. 57: Pelleas et Melisande-Prelude-Quasi Adagio
Written by Gabriel Faure
Performed by New York City Ballet Orchestra, Robert Irving, Conductor
Courtesy of Rhino Records
Costumes: Alicia Jackson, 2016 Premiere Ken Shelley collection
Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker
With: Lauren Farr, Naomi Lang-Strong, Anastasia Olson, and Erin Reed
Mr. Villella’s commissioning fees thanks to Nancy Jean Davis
Kaitin and Jean-Luc's appearance sanctioned by USFS
IN THE LIGHT (2016)
Choreography by Douglas Webster
Music: Moby: One Of These Mornings (written by Richard Melville Hall) Dream About Me (Written by Richard Melville Hall), Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad (Written by Richard Melville Hall), The Perfect Life (feat. Wayne Coyne on Innocents, and written by Richard Melville Hall)
Courtesy of Little Idiot
Costumes: Alicia Jackson 2016 Ken Shelley Costume Collection
Carly Donowick, Beata Handra, Naomi Lang-Strong, Anastasia Olson, Erin Reed,
Mauro Bruni, Joel Dear, Todd Gilles, Jonathon Hunt, Ian Lorello
The World of IDI cast includes:
Ryan Bradley: US Men’s Champion
Naomi Lang: 5 time US Champion
Todd Gilles: US junior Champion
Beata Handra: Olympian representing the US
Kim Navarro: World Team Member and US medalist
Brent Bommentre: World Team Member and US medalist
Kaitlin Hawayek: 2018 4 Continents Champion
Jean-luc Baker: 2018 4 Continents Champion
Erin Reed: US medalist
Carly Donowick, Jonathan Hunt, Joel Dear, Mauro Bruni, Adam Kaplan, Neill Shelton,
Anastasia Olson, Ian Lorello, Jordan Cowan, Natalya Zaitseva, and Lauren Farr
New England Foundation for the Arts wrote this about IDI when they received a recent grant:
“Art is universal, crossing borders, languages, and forms - take a look at how #NewEnglandDanceFund recipient Ice Dance International is turning sport into art…”
It is IDI’s vision to build a bridge for figure skating from sport to art.
American Public Television Producing Team:
For more information or to schedule interviews contact:
Douglas Webster: Founding Artistic Director and Producer World of IDI
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