My take on classical ballet, set to music by Leos Janacek for eight dancers. Designed to show of the technical abilities of the dancers while expressing intimate musicality, this piece premiered with great acclaim. It was awarded the "Esther Simplot Award for Choreographic Excellence" and was re-staged with additional choreography by Ballet Idaho for their production "Anthology" the Fall of 2019.
This is the first work that I created for Idaho Dance Theatre. After 13 years of dancing full-time for dance companies, I had just retired and found myself transitioning to teaching. But through the whole process, I was questioning whether I really was a dancer anymore, or was I just "allegedly" a dancer?
Jimmy Johnny Charlie Martin
Mozart canons and Traditional drinking songs. What do they have in common? More than you might think. This work is my interpretation of what means some folk would have to go through to entertain themselves on a long journey. Also it's much more entertaining if you know German.
Three dance movements in outdoor Idaho. Created for the Boise Dance Co-op. http://www.boisedco.org/
Dancers; Kathleen Martin, John Frazer, Nathan Powell and Sarah North
Music by Juli Draney and Nathan Powell
Choreography by Nathan Powell
Timepiece an original one-act ballet concieved and choreographed by Nathan Powell with music by Graham Reynolds and the Golden Arm Trio.
Idaho Statesman's Dana Oland writes "a fun character ballet with a sci-fi twist. In a speakeasy setting, a group of bank robbers discover they’ve stolen a device that can slow down and stop time. The company really looked to be having fun with this one. "
Sospiro is a piece that is about the music. I found music by the group Faraualla which is an Italian quartet of female singers and percussion, which has very interesting rhythyms, syncopation and tone perfectly suited to a wide variety of movement. What I focused on saw the breath and the pulse of the music. The name of the piece, Sospiro, means “sigh” in Italian which was a great motivation for the piece.
“A woman and man in love dance to profess their joy, until he accidentally gives her a poisonous flower. At once she dies. As soon as his grief begins he sees her spirit come to life and they start to dance. He has one last “Valse Triste” (sad waltz) to dance with her before she is gone forever.”
The Angels are Crying
The Angels are Crying was commissioned by Sallyann Mulcahy for Ballet Montana for the summer of 2011. I created this piece simply with movement in mind. I was much less concerned about the structure of the music as much as making interesting and flowing lines. Throughout the rehearsal process the dancers gave me great feedback and really helped shape the work to their strengths. I think the final production creates a definitive mood and particularly captivating feeling.
Others Stop By
The title of the piece was taken from a book that I subsequently lost track of and cannot remember what it is called. But what it gave to me was the idea for a pas de deux with reference to the many relationships that people have which simply happen briefly then gradually fizzle apart.