Founded in 2003 by Nancy Laurie, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet has distinguished itself through both its exceptionally talented corp of sixteen dancers and its concurrent emphasis on acquiring and commissioning new works by the world’s most sought-after emerging choreographers. Under the Artistic Direction of Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Cedar Lake offers a wide-ranging spectrum of both American and international repertory, including works by Nicolo Fonte, Crystal Pite, Jacopo Godani, Stijn Celis, Angelin Preljocaj, Ohad Naharin, Didy Veldman, Jo Strømgren, Luca Veggetti and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Through their daring, athletic movement and integration of ballet into contemporary and popular forms, the dancers of Cedar Lake take audiences on a choreographic journey which explores the infinite possibilities of movement and multimedia.
COMPANY MEMBERS: Billy Bell, Jon Bond, Nickemil Concepcion, Vânia Doutel Vaz, Jason Kittelberger, Joseph Kudra, Navarra Novy-Williams, Guillaume Quéau, Matthew Rich, Ida Saki, Joaquim de Santana, Acacia Schachte, Rachelle Scott, Jin Young Won, Ebony Williams, Madeline Wong.
This performance marks Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet’s La Jolla Music Society debut.
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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY
Benoit-Swan Pouffer (Artistic Director) Benoit-Swan Pouffer joined Cedar Lake as Artistic Director in 2005 following an extensive career as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Born and raised in Paris, his career began with study at the prestigious Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse, where he performed works by such renowned French choreographers as Claude Brumachon, Daniel Larrieu and Angelin Preljocaj. In April 1993, Pouffer took first place in the Benetton European Dance Competition. Pouffer’s distinguished career as a professional dancer includes a 7-year tenure with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, seasons with Philadanco, Donald Byrd/The Group and Complexions, as well as offering outreach programs in South Africa and master classes throughout Europe.
Pouffer is credited with an astute and discerning eye for talented dancers, a vision toward artistic excellence and the viewpoint that performers with skilled technique united by works mingling various forms of dance can breathe new life into the art form. Through an informed network of colleagues and friends in the international ballet community, Pouffer eagerly searches out innovative choreographers to invite to Cedar Lake. The New York Times recently stated, “Luckily Benoit-Swan Pouffer, the French-born artistic director of Cedar Lake, seems to have taken it on himself to introduce audiences to a new generation of European choreographers.” His role as curator of one of the most ambitious world-class repertoires in America today furthers Cedar Lake’s mission to provide choreographers a comprehensive environment for creation and presentation.
In 2005 Pouffer introduced and choreographed the first of his series of installation performances. Critically acclaimed and representing a new, less formalized approach to dance performance, Pouffer merges the audience with the dancer to become a collaborator in the performance. His original works for Cedar Lake include Seed, Between Here and Now, Hammer, Vastav and Glassy Essence.