Cleo Parker Robinson Dance has won two prestigious grants that will help fund its 42nd season, this year and next.
A $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will support creation of two new works and the restaging of one repertory work. A $40,000 grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts will support a 10- to 15-city tour featuring the new work, “Fusion,” by Haitian choreographer Jeanguy Saintus, as well as a repertory program.
The NEA grant will support the creation of two new works and the restaging of Robinson’s 1999 Egypt-inspired work, “In the Valley of the Nile.”
The “Nile” piece was never fully developed; CPRD aims to remount the expanded work for DanceAfrica – Denver in April/May 2013.
Choreographer Nathan Trice will set a new piece, “Conversations,” a psychological exploration of love to music by Keith Jarrett, due to premiere in September. Choreographer Jeffrey Page will set “Star of the Show,” a new ballet that highlights James Brown, to premiere in Spring 2012.
The famed Five Points dance company won a $100,000 NEA grant in 2010, the largest it has ever received.
The NEA this year announced 106 grants to groups across the country, totaling $2,599,000.
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