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From left: Kathryn Posin Dance Company members Daniel White, Claire Mazza and Momchil Mladenov in Evolution: The Letters of Charles Darwin. Nan Melville, Courtesy Posin.

Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution might not seem like a natural fit for the ballet stage. But that's exactly the topic of one of choreographer Kathryn Posin's three new ballets, scheduled to premiere at New York City's 92nd Street Y September 13-14.

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Megan Dickinson, Amar Ramasar and Amber Neff. Photo by Lois Greenfield

 

New York City Ballet principal Amar Ramasar may be in the middle of NYCB’s fall season, but during his free time you'll catch him dancing up a storm in an old Noho loft. That’s because he and nine other dancers have been preparing for “Voices of Bulgaria and America,” a series of performances October 17–19 at the 92nd Street Y, that brings together artists from both countries. The massive loft, which functions as part living space, part dance studio, belongs to quirky contemporary ballet choreographer Kathryn Posin, who developed the program with longtime collaborator Momchil Mladenov as a celebration of his native country. It also signals the resurrection of her project-based Kathryn Posin Dance Company, which she suspended in 1991 to pursue freelance choreography.

 

Three Bulgarian dancers currently dancing Stateside—Boston Ballet’s Boyko Dossev, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet’s Violeta Angelova and Louisville Ballet’s Philip Velinov—are slated to perform alongside Ramasar, the Joffrey Ballet’s Yumelia Garcia and Flesh and Bone’s Megan Dickinson, among others. The program includes three world premieres to scores by John Adams, Steve Reich and Bulgarian composer Emil Tabakov, as well as live music by Bulgarian double bassist Viktoria Tsvetkova. Click here for tickets and information.

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