MDT shines the spotlight on women who create bold, breathtaking works for the stage from this and last century.
By the age of 25, “the young and prolific” (The New Yorker) Emery LeCrone already created several prominent works, competed in numerous choreography competitions, and received substantial grants and new commissions including new works for the Guggenheim Museum’s acclaimed Works & Process performing arts series. This is her second commission from MDT – her first being “From Here to Here” in 2010.
Joanie Smith, co-founder of Shapiro & Smith Dance and 2012 Sage Award recipient for “Outstanding Performance”, brings to MDT her trademark blend of contemporary dance and dramatic theater. In 1995, Joanie in partnership with Danial Shapiro brought their company of “breathtaking physicality and emotional depth” to the Twin Cities, and return to MDT to recreate A Portrait Project. Based on the con?uence of three former MDT dancers with divergent career paths, and re-imagined on a new generation, Joanie brings her international reputation for “virtuosity, substance, craft, and pure abandonment” to our repertory concert of Fierce/Feminine.
Loyce Houlton was one of the first American women to gain national and international recognition as a choreographer, teacher and producer, creating over 90 ballets. Bruce Marks, Artistic Director for Boston Ballet at the time of her death in 1995, stated: "She belongs to that group of tenacious American women artists that includes Martha Graham and [Agnes] DeMille."