Global Conversations continues with a discussion with Ballet Idaho Artistic Director Garrett Anderson and Trainee Program Manager and freelance choreographer Nicole Haskins along with choreographer Eva Stone, who founded CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work!
Garrett Anderson began his training in Walnut Creek, California, under the direction of Richard Cammack and Zola Dishong at the Contra Costa Ballet Centre. He continued to study on scholarship at San Francisco Ballet School, and then in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s professional division.
In 2001, Garrett joined San Francisco Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet and in 2005 was promoted to soloist. During his time there he danced works by George Balanchine, Helgi Tomasson, Yuri Possokov, Christopher Wheldon, Jerome Robbins and Mark Morris. After seven years in the company, he left to join the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Antwerp, Belgium, as a first soloist, under the direction of Kathryn Bennets. There he toured extensively throughout Europe and the world, dancing works by renowned choreographers including William Forsythe and Marcia Haydée. In January of 2011, he returned to the United States to dance with Trey McIntyre Project for their touring season, before joining Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. During his five seasons with Hubbard Street he danced the work of Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek, Alejandro Cerrudo, Nacho Duato, among others.
In 2016, Garrett became Chair of the Dance Department at New Mexico School for the Arts, where he created curriculum, taught, choreographed, and staged existing works including pieces by Alejandro Cerrudo and Penny Saunders. He has since performed three seasons with SFDanceworks, for which he was named one of the year’s outstanding male performers by Dance Europe. Garrett has also been a guest artist with Ballet Chicago, Civic Ballet of Chicago, Chicago Repertory Ballet and Boise’s LED. Garrett was the recipient of an American Ballet Theatre national dance scholarship and holds a B.A. from St. Mary’s College of California.
Learn more about Garrett on Ballet Idaho’s website. Follow Ballet Idaho on Instagram (@balletidaho), Twitter (@balletidaho), and Facebook.
Born and raised in Venice Beach, California, Nicole Haskins began her ballet training at the age of three at the Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica under the direction of Yvonne Mounsey and Rosemary Valaire. It was during her 15 years there that Nicole’s enthusiasm for choreography emerged. Nicole went on to dance professionally with Sacramento Ballet, Washington Ballet, and Smuin Contemporary American Ballet in San Francisco where she is currently in her fifth season. While dancing professionally, Nicole has been commissioned to choreograph for Sacramento Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Dayton Ballet, and Oregon Ballet Theater, as well as many ballet schools across the country. Her choreography has been presented at the Los Angeles Dance Invitational, the McCallum Theater’s Dancing Under The Stars Choreographic Competition, as well as numerous Regional Dance America Festivals. In 2017 she was one of the winners of Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Choreography XX competition, in 2010 she participated in the New York Choreographic Institute affiliated with the New York City Ballet, in 2011 received the Institute’s Fellowship Grant, and in 2017 she received the Institute’s Commission Initiative for her upcoming premiere with Richmond Ballet.
In 2019, Nicole held the position of Resident Choreographer of Mid-Columbia Ballet in Richland, WA. Nicole joined the team of Ballet Idaho as Trainee Program Manager in 2020.
Learn more about Nicole and her work as a choreographer here. Follow Nicole on Instagram (@dancemaker101)
Eva L. Stone received a BFA in Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University. After completing a Master of Arts degree in Choreography and Choreological Studies from Trinity Laban in London, England, she formed The Stone Dance Collective, a modern dance company. Eva relocated to Seattle in 1995, re-established her company, and began an extensive teaching and lecturing career throughout the Puget Sound. She is currently on faculty at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Spectrum Dance Theater, in addition to working as a guest instructor and commissioned choreographer with dance festivals and companies around the US.
Eva’s approach to choreography evolved from learning the art form in reverse, choreography before technique, and is unique with its intent based in humor and authentic human connection and experience. She has created works inspired by love, imposter syndrome, the periodic table, a reimagining of Eve, contronyms, and the art of making bad decisions, to name only a few.
In November of 2019, Eva was commissioned to create a main stage work for Pacific Northwest Ballet. F O I L premiered in PNB’s rep Locally Sourced and received outstanding critical acclaim. Eva’s work has been presented at On the Boards, Men in Dance, Bumbershoot, and has been commissioned by the Seattle International Dance Festival. She has created work for Spectrum Dance Theater, Seattle Dance Project, Bellingham Repertory Dance, South Bay Ballet, Mid-Columbia Ballet, Ballet Theatre (BYU), Marin Ballet, and Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Eva was commissioned by Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Art Museum to choreograph for Sculptured Dance, a site-specific dance event at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park that was attended by 4000+ viewers. Her work has premiered in New York, London, Geneva, Montreal, and St. Petersburg, Russia. Her other projects include assisting Donald Byrd for the Seattle Opera production of Aida and choreographing over 25 award-winning musical theatre productions.
In 2018, Eva initiated the nationally recognized choreography program New Voices: Choreography and Process for Young Women in Dance designed specifically for female students at Pacific Northwest Ballet School.
Since 2008, Eva has been the producer and curator of CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work, an annual contemporary dance festival held in Bellevue, Washington. This highly anticipated event brings the best of local, national, and international contemporary dance companies and artists together for a unique series of performances, lectures, and master classes.
Visit chopshopdance.org for more information. Visit Eva’s website here.
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