$55 – $210

Palm Springs Dance Fest Gala Performance 2019

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Annenberg Theater

101 North Museum Drive

Palm Springs, CA 92262

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A stunning program presenting a cross-section of professional dance performed by national and international dance companies.

Esteemed artists in this program include culturally significant dance companies that define the American experience and artists from the lineage of what the world considers profound and brilliant dance makers; greats such as Jerome Robbins, Jose Limon, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, LA Dance Project, Kyle Abraham, Justin Peck, Benjamin Millepied and Bill T. Jones, blithely emceed by local talk show celebrity, Conrad Corral.

In addition to show only tickets we have two fantastic ticketing options that will have you mixing with the dance community:

VIP TICKET: Includes premium seating at the Gala and admission to the Gala After-party held from 8:45-10:30pm on Gala Night at the adjacent Hyatt Hotel Pool Desk. Enjoy sparkling wine, appetizers, live D.J., dancing, and rubbing elbows with choreographers and dancers from the Gala Performance under the starry Palm Springs sky.

ELITE VIP TICKET: Includes the Gala’s best seating, and all the benefits of the VIP TICKET, PLUS the VIP ELITE Mix & Mingle Social Event, held on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 7:00-10:00pm, at an exclusive South Palm Springs home. This intimate mix and mingle social event places an emphasis on nurturing the dance community! The atmosphere encourages dialogue and connecting. Here you can enjoy libations, appetizers and soothing background music while you get up close and personal with Gala choreographers, dance talent, fest officials and sponsors along with fascinating individuals connected to the local and wider dance community. Admission is limited, purchase early!

When Purchasing Tickets, please note:

After clicking on the green button "tickets" a window will open where you will input the number of each type of seat you want. After doing so a green button appears at the bottom of the screen that says "view seating map". Be sure to click that if you want to choose your own seats. It takes you to the map to show you the tickets it assigned you... you can easily delete these and make your own selection. Choose Carefully, there are no refunds on ticket purchases.


CONTEMPO BALLET | Jose Costas, Founder/Artistic Director | Costa Mesa, CA

Originally from Puerto Rico, Jose Costas is known for work that is sensually dramatic, theatrical, prismatic, rhythmic and choreographically dense. He earned a Master of Dance from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. While at Tisch School of the Arts, Costas had the opportunity to work with internationally renowned choreographers Lar Lubovitch, (Blue Danube), Ohad Naharin (Tabula Rasa) and Anna Markard (re-staging Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table). Experience cutting edge contemporary ballet born from Jose's vast experience as a performing artist, his global multicultural approach to dance choreography and his passionate personality.

FRANCISCO GELLA DANCE WORKS | Francisco Gella | Artisitic Director | Santa Fe, NM

Francisco’s choreographic commissions include Repertory Dance Theatre, Ballet Pacifica, California Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet’s Shut-Up and Dance Production, PHILADANCO’s Danco on Danco program, Laguna Dance Festival, Tucson Regional Ballet, University of Utah Ballet Ensemble, University of Washington Faculty Concert, Irvine Valley College, Ballet East, DANCO/II, and many more. In 2013, Francisco premiered ‘Concentric Harmonies’ at Celebrate Dance in Los Angeles, a work that went on to receive the Grand Prize at the McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival in 2014.

Francisco is the founding artistic director of NUEVO School of Contemporary Dance and COLABO Youth Dance Collective (2008-2015); founder of Francisco Gella Dance Works; founding director of ARIA Ballet Intensive, Ballet+ (beyond technique) workshops, the Preprofessional Dancer Institute, New Year’s Training Camp and the New Century Dance Project (a youth dance festival). Born in Bacolod City, Philippines, Francisco now resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

"striking, dripping with attention to detail, artistic integrity and simplicity." Kajsa Thuresson-Frary Director of Education McCallum Theatre

HYPHEN | Catherine Cabeen | Artisitic Director | Brooklyn, NY

Catherine Cabeen, MFA, is an artist and teacher. She founded her interdisciplinary performance company Hyphen in 2009. As a choreographer, Cabeen has received commissions from On the Boards, Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater, Seattle Art Museum, Gallery Galleon in Vieques PR, the Visa2Dance Festival in Dar Es Salaam, Alsarab Dance Company in Byblos Lebanon, and Texas Women’s University, among others. In 2011, the New York Times called the work of Cabeen's Hyphen, “highly kinetic, complex... visually exquisite,” and “beautifully performed.”

JAZZANTIQUA | Pat Taylor, Artistic Director & Choreographer | Los Angeles, CA

Founded in 1993, JAZZANTIQUA DANCE & MUSIC ENSEMBLE celebrates the jazz tradition as a vital thread in the cultural fabric of African American history and heritage, and a defining element of the American experience. Dedicated to EDUCATION / PRESERVATION / CREATION, the Company’s mission is to increase awareness of and appreciation for jazz as an American legacy through collaborative dance and music projects that inspire, as well as entertain.

“… artistic director Pat Taylor provided sex, soul and style to choreography that not only dazzled but also embodied the music with primal ooze.” Los Angeles Times

N.O. DANCE | Niccolo Orsolani, Artisitic Director | Turin, Italy

With roots steeped in street performance in his home town, Turin, Italy, Niccolo's natural physical abilitities, charisma and artisitic expression brought him to New York where he ascended into training with Martha Graham Dance, and subsequently began performing with Martha Graham Dance #2. The New York landscape offered many eclectic opportunities for Niccolo's style of expressive dance and after leaving Martha Graham Dance to pursue individual inspiration, his performances have peppered the New York landscape. Niccolo's work has been sought out to punctuate a plethora of special events. Incorportating grace, athleticism and playfulness, Niccolo's passionate and dynamic performance's are guaranteed to mesmerize and entertain.

NICKERSON-ROSSI DANCE | Michael Nickerson-Rossi, Director of Dance | Philadelphia, PA/Palm Springs, CA

Nationally, he has premiered work in San Diego, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Tempe, Miami Beach, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, New York, and internationally, Belize and Italy. In July 2014, Nickerson-Rossi Dance created and performed "Deeply Rooted" in the Cape Cod Dance Festival in Provincetown, MA alongside the Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor, American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet and others. In February 2015, the company premiered “CHECKMATE”, their evening length work at the Helene Galen Performing Arts Center in Rancho Mirage, CA. In 2016, Michael also produced “Past and Present,” performance in the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Michael Nickerson-Rossi’s Contemporary/Modern work is filled with complex intricacies that unravel through a beautifully orchestrated mixture of artistic movement and emotional freedom.

“Expect a compelling, provocative and dramatic program presented by beautifully athletic and artistic male and female dancers” Will Dean, The Desert Sun

TROPICALIEZA | Julie Simon, Artistic Director | Riverside, CA

In 2006, Julie Simon founded Tropicaleiza Dance Company. Tropicaleiza is a Dance and Drum Company synonymous with power and energy. She also founded Muvuca Bateria, an all female Brazilian inspired drum ensemble. www.muvucadrummers.com and co-created Ignite Accelerator, a business / technique academy for Dancers. Mrs. Simon was an invited speaker for a TedX event speaking on the transformative power of dance.

Tropicaleiza's repertoire can be described as a joyous celebration that incorporates grounded uninhibited Afro-Brazilian influenced expression, the playfulness and sass of Samba and fluid voluminous Afro-Contemporary movement.

Most recently was the launch of the JSMethod, and extensive dance training program. Created by Professional Dancer, Choreographer, and Instructor Julie Simon - The JSMethod is an extensive dance training program. Drawing on kaleidoscopic roots and diverse technical platforms of Brazilian, African, and Contemporary movement, the aim of JSMethod is to fuse multiple perspectives of dance to create a unique energetic expression.

"passion that is wholly captivating to witness." Museum of Latin American Art

VERSA-STYLE DANCE COMPANY | Jackie Lopez and Leigh Foaad, Co-founders & Artistic Directors | L.A., CA

Hip-Hop breaks color lines by creating a forum where people come together for a common passion rather than grouping themselves by race or socio-economic backgrounds. Versa-Style demonstrates freedom of expression, freedom of individuality, hard work, self-discipline and dedication to the form. Thier highly energetic work includes Hip-Hop styles such as 90s Hip-Hop, House, Popping, Locking, Whacking and Boogaloo, and Afro- Latin styles such as Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and Afro-Cuban to name a few. Versastyle performed for the 2018 Palm Springs Dance Festival and is back by popular demand!

“The choreography is original, organic and extremely musical” Jeff Slayton, SeeDance.com

VERTICAL SHADOWS |Stephen Agisilaou, Artistic Director | Melbourne, Australia

Vertical Shadows is a project based dance theater company known fo push the boundaries of dance both artistically and conceptually.

Established in 2009, Vertical Shadows quickly became one of Melbourne's most respected independant dance companies performing in many of Melbourne's landmark theatres, selling out seasons and gaining five star reviews. With a unique, undefinable movement, the company focuses on bridging the gap between the seasoned and the unorthodox, giving it a large following from non-conventional dance audiences.

Vertical Shadows creates cinematic dance theatre that is unapologetically musically driven, a movement that is conceptualized, developed and choreographed from the soundtrack itself. Stephen Agisilaou’s choreography, contains a remarkable balance of restraint and ease without producing clichéd elements of minimal contemporary dance movement.

"Boundaries become more & more irrelevant" Arts Hub

"Will have you on the very edge of your seat" The Australian Stage


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Must be 21 or over to attend the After-Party and/or the Mix and Mingle event.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is a free parking garage directly across the street, as well as parking lots on the north and south of the venue. There is also street parking available. Note that the entrance to the theater is through the north parking lot. Take the stairs or elevator located next to the Box Office to the lower level.

What can I bring into the event?

No food or beverages are allowed to be consumed in the theater. Bottled water is permissable.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

email darcy@palmspringsdancefest.com

What's the refund policy?

There are no refunds, however tickets are transferrable. If you want to change the names assigned to your tickets you must contact the organzier at darcy@palmspringsdancefest.com to make arrangements a minimum of 72 hours in advance of showtime.

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101 North Museum Drive

Palm Springs, CA 92262

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