Stars of American Ballet’s founder Daniel Ulbricht hadn’t tried his hand at choreography until he found himself needing another piece for a particular company engagement.
“I had fooled around with creating 15 to 30 seconds of movement from time to time, but when a presenter asked for a new work, I put my ideas together and came up with my first piece.”
“Sing, Sing, Sing” is a lighthearted duet danced by Ulbricht and Danielle Diniz to familiar music arranged by Benny Goodman in the second of two programs presented by Stars of American Ballet on August 9 and 10.
Stars of American Ballet is a group of 10 dancers (including Ulbricht) who perform with the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. During their “free” time, the dancers travel with Ulbricht to cities around the country to showcase a wide range of contemporary and traditional works for ballet.
Traditional pieces on the Santa Fe programs include George Balanchine’s two works “Who Cares?” with music by Gershwin and “Diamonds Pas de Deux “ with music by Tchaikovsky. Ulbricht is delighted to be presenting a world premiere during the first program titled “Moses Supposes” by choreographer Lorin Latarro.
“Lorin appeared on my radar about six months ago, and I reached out to her about creating a new work for us,” explains Ulbricht. “She works on and off Broadway. What I like about her work is that she’s helping to break down the barriers between traditional ballet and contemporary Broadway. “Moses Supposes” is tremendously athletic and demanding for the dancers.”
Also on the first program is “House of the Rising Sun” by choreographer Marcelo Gomes with music by The Animals. Stars of American Ballet commissioned the dance and premiered it in March.
“It’s a duet for two guys that I do with Joseph Gatti,” Ulbricht says. “There’s a light narrative going on about two brothers.”
Another work by Gomes, a Brazilian dancer who is currently principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, is included in the second program. “La Mort d’Ophelie” is set to music by Berlioz and performed by Sarah Lane and Alexandre Hammoudi.
Program 1 is presented on August 9, while Program 2 takes place on August 10.