September 16-17, 2022

New Dance Partners

Delight in this feast for the eyes as four new works premiere on the Yardley Hall stage.

The annual festival of contemporary and modern dance is back and will feature four world premieres by four local dance companies. Kansas City Ballet is honored to work with Chicago-based choreographer Stephanie Martinez on this commission. With original creations for Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Charlotte Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Kansas City Ballet, and National Choreographers Initiative, among others, Martinez’s versatility expands the boundaries of contemporary ballet movement.

New Dance Partners is a commissioning project of the Midwest Trust Center.

This year’s collaborative partners are:
Stephanie Martinez, working with the Kansas City Ballet
Brian Arias, working with Owen/Cox Dance Group
Victoria Marks, working with Störling Dance Theatre
Charissa Barton, working with Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company

Meet the Choreographer

STEPHANIE MARTINEZ

With over twelve years of award-winning works, Chicago-based choreographer Stephanie Martinez moves her audiences along a journey guided by the kinetic momentum of her work. With original creations for Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Charlotte Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Kansas City Ballet, BalletX, and National Choreographers Initiative, among others, Martinez’s versatility expands the boundaries of contemporary ballet movement. Ms. Martinez has created over 60 ballets on companies and collegiate programs across the country. In 2010, Ms. Martinez assisted Broadway legend Ann Reinking in setting the Fosse Trilogy, and in 2015 was awarded Joffrey Ballet’s “Winning Works: Choreographers of Color” commission and the Chicago 3Arts Award in recognition for her work as a female artist of color. More recently, Martinez was awarded an NEA grant for her premiere Bliss! at Joffrey Ballet. Dubbed “a chameleon” of choreography by the Chicago Tribune, Martinez’s psychologically revelatory works challenge the viewer’s notion of what’s possible.

Ms. Martinez is the founder and artistic director of PARA.MAR Dance Theatre in Chicago, IL established in July 2020.