Evolving/Revolving, May 10-13, Rounds Out 2017-18 Performance Season for Sarasota Contemporary Dance

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Evolving/Revolving, May 10-13, Rounds Out 2017-18 Performance Season for Sarasota Contemporary Dance

The final show of our four-performance series of the 2017-18 season is comprised of diverse new works by past company collaborators and dancers, Annamaria Diamant, Doug Gillespie, Kristin O’Neal, Brian Fidalgo, and Erin Cardinal. This performance will also feature a restaging of one of our Artistic Director’s solo works performed by long standing company member Elisha Byerly from the 2014 Re:Imagining Georgia O’Keefe, commissioned by the Ice House. Evolving/Revolving celebrates the company’s past and future by presenting new, impactful, and popular works at the Jane B Cook Theatre located at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. Tickets can be purchase by calling the Sarasota Ballet Box Office at 941-359-0099 or www.sarasotacontemporarydance.org.

“This has been such an exciting season for our Dance Company,” said Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, SCD Artistic Director.  “Our performances drew strong turnouts, we appointed new board members, and our dancers and staff were thrilled when we opened our new dance studio in downtown Sarasota’s Rosemary District. As with so many of our achievements, this was a dream come true.”


The talented choreographers involved in staging Evolving/Revolting this year include:


ANNAMARIA DIAMANT – This dance educator and performer was formerly a company member of Sarasota Contemporary Dance (then Fuzión Dance Artists). As an SCD Emerging Choreographer, she has presented work at New College of Florida and throughout Sarasota and Tampa. Since Moving to New York in 2013, Diamant has performed in works by Julia Ehrstrand and Jennifer Archibald. In February of 2017, Annamaria made her New York choreographic debut. She has presented work for CBG Dance Empathy Series, Sans Limites Dance Spring Season, and Your Move Dance Festival at the historic Loew.

“I am at home when I’m working with Sarasota Contemporary Dance. SCD has influenced and given so much life to my artistic voice.”


DOUGLAS GILLESPIE – A Brooklyn-based Artist, teaching and embodying dance as an art form. Doug is an avid teacher and dance maker choreographing group works for Moving Current Dance Collective, Doug Varone DEVICES, and Sarasota Contemporary Dance. He also teaches at colleges and dance centers around the world, most recently at The Juilliard School, NYU Tisch Summer Program, and Mark Morris Dance Group. Gillespie has also created his own student commissions for a variety of colleges and universities. In 2015 he created his first solo project Echo for Assembly Dance Theatre in Taipei, Taiwan, which had its U.S. debut in 2016. This is his second season invited to choreograph a new work for SCD.

‘Working with Sarasota Contemporary Dance is an exhilarating foray into dance making,” says Gillespie. “The dedicated and diverse talents of the artists at SCD cultivate an unending supply of hard work and creativity that is an idyllic setting for a collaborative choreographic process.’”


KRISTIN O’NEAL – O’Neal is a performer, choreographer and teacher in Atlanta, GA. She teaches modern technique and contact improvisation at Emory University, as well as CORE Performance Company, where she also works as Rehearsal Director. Her twenty-five year performance career includes venues on concert stages to various site works such as avocado groves, restaurants, and any kind of water resource imaginable. For O’Neal dance exists in every facet of life. She assists in the operations of National Water Dance, a movement choir that activates artists and their communities to spread water awareness across the nation: (www.nationalwaterdance.org.). While also creating and performing solos inspired by her great aunts, Kristin dances and collaborates with her dance and life partner Greg Catellier of Catellier Dance Projects.

“Sarasota Contemporary Dance’s enthusiasm and fervor for dancing the details is infectious–I love being in the room with these talented and invested dancers!”


ERIN CARDINAL – Cardinal has made her life a life of dance. Her desire for making things led her to creating dances for 16 years as co-founder and co-artistic director of Moving Current Dance Collective in Tampa, FL, where she had the privilege of working with artists such as David Dorfman, Michael Foley, George Staib, Stephanie Skura and Paul Matteson. Her work has been presented by the Dance Gallery Festival (NY, NY), On the Boards (Seattle, WA), GASP! Festival (Tampa, FL), Pinellas County Center for the Arts, REVolutions Dance, World Dance Alliance-Americas Digital Dance Concert (Puebla, Mexico), and numerous theaters throughout Florida and the States.

With her creative partner, Brian Fidalgo II, she developed a partnering technique, under the name base//flight, that has been taught for organizations such as Velocity Dance Center (Seattle, WA), Florida Dance Festival, American College Dance Association Conferences, University of South Florida, University of Washington and Sam Houston State University. In 2016 she completed her MFA in dance at the University of Washington with a dual research focus on partnering technique and dance composition. She is a thankful recipient of numerous Florida county, state and regional grants in support of her work as an artist and educator. She is currently adjunct faculty in dance at Hillsborough Community College.

BRIAN DEAN FIDALGO II – Fidalgo has been an active member of the arts in Tampa for over two decades, performing with numerous local companies and a founding member of Fuzión Dance Artists, now known as Sarasota Contemporary Dance. His performing projects have allowed him to tour both nationally and abroad and have taken him to California, Utah, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, and Colombia. Over the last three years he has been co-developing the base//flight partnering technique for modern dance with partner Erin Cardinal. Together they have taught and presented at numerous festivals and schools. Brian is a past recipient of the Hillsborough County Emerging Artist Grant, Florida Dance Association’s Choreographer in Residence, and “25 to Watch” from Creative Loafing. He has been honored to work with inspiring artists: Holly Johnston, Paul Matteson, Lynne Wimmer, Nina Watt, Andy & Dionne Noble and many others. He has choreographed for St. Petersburg College, MusInc, SLT productions (The Full Monty), and as Artistic Director of Moving Current dance collective.

“We have watched this company from its first season grow into one of Florida’s premier dance companies.  We feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to create with the dance artists of SCD.”


About Sarasota Contemporary Dance – Formed in 2002 as Fuzión Dance Artists by Co-Founders Leymis Bolaños Wilmot and Rachael Inman, SCD is Sarasota’s first contemporary dance company. Now in its 12th season, SCD continues to bring dance to the community through eclectic performances and educational programming, while collaborating with artists and community groups to enrich the human experience.

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