Four World Premiers in NextWave LA

May 1, 2012

Featuring Internationally Acclaimed Southern California Choreographers Kitty McNamee, Sonya Tayeh, Stacey Tookey and Josie Walsh


(Los Angeles, CA) – Los Angeles Ballet will present four World Premieres created specifically for the company by internationally acclaimed choreographers based in Southern California - Kitty McNamee, Sonya Tayeh, Stacey Tookey and Josie Walsh - announced Los Angeles Ballet Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary. The NextWaveLA program will be offered at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Glendale’s Alex Theatre and The Broad Stage in Santa Monica beginning May 12.


“This remarkable quartet of choreographers reflect a broad range of style and sensibility but share in common incredible talent and a commitment to drive the art of dance forward,” said Christensen. “This marks LAB’s third collaboration with Sonya, second with Josie, and the first time Kitty and Stacey have choreographed for our company, although we know their work well. Thanks to their participation, NextWaveLA has become one of our most anticipated programs,” added Neary.

Kitty McNamee is the artistic director of Hysterica Dance Co., a consistently prolific and invigorating force in the LA dance community. Her work includes original productions for LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and LA Philharmonic, among others.


Best known for her work as a guest judge, and contemporary and “combat jazz” choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance, Sonya Tayeh travels the world teaching workshops, intensive master classes and setting works of choreography. She is on the faculty at Edge Performing Arts Center and Loyola Marymount University.


A two-time Primetime Emmy nominee for her choreography on So You Think You Can Dance, Stacey Tookey has also worked with legendary musical artists such as Justin Timberlake, Celine Dion and Bette Midler. She has also performed in concerts as a member of Mia Michaels’ company R.A.W. and with Parsons Dance Project in Seoul, Korea, among others.


Fusing aerial acrobatics and gymnastics with edgy pointe work best described as “extreme ballet,” Los Angeles-based artistic director/choreographer Josie Walsh creates mini-Vegas-like extravaganzas with her six-year-old MYOKYO Productions. She is a former Joffrey Ballet and Zurich Ballet dancer.

LAB continues to build a repertoire that underscores the creative leadership of its artistic directors, presenting timeless classics as well as innovative choreography from today’s contemporary artists.

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