LAST CALL - THE DANCE
"...As a choreographer, I have been fascinated by the depth of expression Jack has instilled in each of his 13 characters inhabiting the scene. The attention to detail not only in expression but in clothing and the artifacts of the locale result in a "realistic pop art" work which has challenged me to bring each character to life in individual dance language".
"Working closely with David Goldstein on the composition of the score has also been a challenge. Through his soundtrack he has created in music the characters and nature of the various incidents describing their individual stories. The composition is definately "pop" and includes salsa, jazz, tango, new age as well as classical styles. It is a choreographer's challenge which I embrace".
LAST CALL - THE DANCE begins well before closing time with the arrival and departure of individuals who would normally frequent such an establishment. The choreography and action narrate their relationships as they come and go. this is a humorous piece that recognizes individual tragedies and life experiences in a large metropolis yet ends with a message of hope.
....Robert de Warren
Follow this link to view a video of LAST CALL - THE DANCE...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPuwDvTN0DA
The entire cast of LAST CALL - THE DANCE at the finale,
on-stage at the famous Asolo Theatre, Sarasota, FL.
Michael Keating posing with Jack Dowd (aka The Captain). Michael performed the
part of The Captain, one of the characters portrayed in Jacks sculpture, LAST CALL.
Jack, David, Robert and Mark at a dress rehearsal days before Opening Night.
Robert de Warren has had a remarkably varied and distinguished career as a dancer, choreographer, producer, teacher, ballet director and costume and scenery designer. An honors graduate of the Royal Ballet School, he joined the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden where he danced in all the great repertoire ballets and commenced his choreographic experiences. He later became principal dancer with the Stuttgart and Frankfurt Ballet Theatres. He has choreographed over 100 ballets ranging from full-story creations to ethnic and mystic ceremonies of the different cultures he has studied. He has received numerous awards for both dance and design creations. Mr. de Warren has worked with the great names in ballet: Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Alicia Markova, Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth Macmillan, Roland Petit, Maurice Bejart, Leonide Massine, Flemming Flindt, Agnes de Mille, Paul Taylor and Alvin Ailey among others.
Mr. de Warren spent eleven years as head of the National ballet of Iran under the patronage of Empress Farah touring the world as ambassadors of Iranian culture. Subsequently he became Artistic Director of the Northern ballet Theatre where his artistic direction and choreographic contributions succeeded in making the Northern Ballet Theatre one of Great Britain's major companies under the patronage of Princess Margaret and with Nureyev as "artistic laureate," the only company in the world to attain this privilege. Before joining the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Mr. de Warren spent seven years in Milan, Italy, both as Artistic Director of the La Scala Opera ballet and also as Director of La Scala's 175 year-old ballet school. Mr. de Warren has also sat on various juries of International Ballet competitions in Varna, Osaka, Telaviv and is an honorary member of the committee for the USA Jackson, Mississippi International Competition.
Entering his 13th year at the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, his exceptional accomplishments have embellished the beauty and enlightenment of the arts community of the west coast of Florida.
David M. Goldstein An enthusiastic ballet music composer, David Goldstein has created many scores for the works performed by major Florida dance companies in Miami, Sarasota, Tampa and Orlando. With degrees in Piano Performance and Music Theory from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Dr. Goldstein has researched ancient classical and ethnic instruments that he uses with great imagination in his various compositions. With a Medical Doctorate from the University of Manitoba in Canada and post-graduate degrees from Harvard and Brigham Hospital in Boston, Dr. Goldstein combines two extremely valuable professions. Dr. Goldstein is one of the founding members of the Tampa Bay Composer's Forum. His A Persian Rug for clarinet and piano, Japanese dances for Robert de Warren's highly successful Madame Butterfly, and his full-length ballet for children, Snow White, are examples of his original, creative talent. His opus includes thirteen ballet scores. David Goldstein has composed Echo & Rudabeh, Ca d'Zan - A Fantasy and now the world premiere of Last Call - The Dance.