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Daniil Simkin, a star of the American Ballet Theatre, is in residence at Vassar and presents a free public program on September 9, 2012.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - Daniil Simkin, the brilliant young star of the American Ballet Theater, will be in residence at Vassar College from Wednesday, September 6, through Sunday, September 9. The residency will culminate in a public program on Sunday, September 9, at 7:00pm at The Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater in Kenyon Hall. Free and open to the public, the program will include a conversation and performance. Reservations are suggested with seating on a first come, first served basis. Contact the Dance Office for additional information at (845) 437-5541 or dancetix@vassar.edu

During his residency that is based at The Frances Daly Fergusson Theater in Kenyon Hall, Daniil Siimkin will work with choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and lighting designer and former principal dancer Dmitrij Simkin, Daniil’s father. Together they will collaborate on the development of a new, multi-media solo that Simkin will perform in concerts throughout the world in his gala program entitled “INTENSIO,” an art project and series of performances created and curated by Simkin and his family.

Simkin said that the intention of “INTENSIO,” is to “to merge the highest level of ballet and choreography with the new possibilities of media in order to create a unique and special experience for the audience.”

Daniil will participate in a ballet class with Vassar students during the 1:30pm intermediate ballet class on Friday, September 7 and the creative process of the development of the new work will be open for students to view in the theater at times to be announced throughout the residency.

Sunday’s public program will feature an evening discussion to be led by Professor John Meehan with Daniil and his father Dmitrij with a video of the Simkins to be shown. In addition, Daniil will perform his solo “Les Bourgeois” as well as a short excerpt from the new work to be created on campus during the residency. There will be a question and answer session at the end of the evening.

About the Artist

Daniil Simkin was born in 1987 in Novosibirsk, Russia, to ballet dancers Dmitrij Simkin and Olga Aleksandrova. Starting to perform at the age of six and often dancing alongside his father in Germany, Daniil gained early stage experience and began his professional training under the direction of his mother at the age of nine. While training with his mother privately for 10 years, he competed in various international ballet competitions and performed in many galas around the world. His achievements include awards such as the Grand Prix in Helsinki IBC 2004 and Vienna 2004, and Gold medals in both Varna 2004 and in the senior category of the 2006 USA IBC, among others. In 2006 he joined the ballet of the Vienna State Opera as a demi-soloist and performed various soloist and principal parts in the company repertoire.  At the same time he performed guest roles with other companies such as Basilio in “Don Quixote,” Solor in “La Bayadere,” and the Rose in Fokine's “La Spectre de la Rose.”  He joined American Ballet Theatre in New York City in 2008 as a soloist and since then has toured internationally and performed with the company at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center and at many other venues around the world. His vast repertoire of principal roles with the company include Basilio in “Don Quixote,” Franz in “Coppelia,” the son in Balanchine's “The Prodigal Son,” the Prince in Ratmansky's “Nutcracker,” the Boy with Matted Hair in Tudor's “Shadowplay,” the leads in Balanchine's “Theme and Variations” and “Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux,” the Ballet Dancer in Ratmasky's “The Bright Stream,” and many others. He organized his first gala project, “INTENSIO,” with his father in Greece in 2009 and continues to be one of the most in-demand guest artists around the world. Follow Daniil on Twitter @daniil, like him on Facebook at daniilsimkinfans, and watch him on his YouTube channel.

About the Department of Dance

The Department of Dance offers a non-major, elective course of study at Vassar. The faculty consists of three full-time professors (Jeanne Periolat Czula, John Meehan, Stephen Rooks), one full-time lecturer of dance and drama (Katherine Wildberger), and one part-time jazz instructor (Abby Saxon). Dance’s resident lighting designer, David Ferri, lights all dance department productions. There are three adjunct artists who serve as accompanists and who compose, direct, and sometimes perform with the student company, the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre, which is directed by John Meehan (http://dance.vassar.edu/). 

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Vassar College is located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, and directions to the campus can be found at http://www.vassar.edu/directions.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, August 8, 2012