DANCE ALIVE NATIONAL BALLET to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
[Gainesville, Florida] - National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment's second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to Dance Alive National Ballet (DANB) to support artist fees for the creation of two dance works by choreographer Brian Carey Chung. Art Works is the Arts Endowment's principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 977 grants in this category.
"These awards, reaching every corner of the United States, are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country," said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. "Organizations such as Dance Alive National Ballet are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired."
Mr. Chung, recently named Resident Choreographer for Dance Alive National Ballet, created a work for the Company that was premiered February 2019 to great success.
DANB Artistic Director Kim Tuttle noted that the Company had been looking for an additional choreographer who would stimulate and excite both audience and dancers. After working with him through February and much conversation the invitation was extended and accepted.
As a choreographer, Chung's work is conceptual, drawing inspiration from history, literature, music, nature, philosophy, poetry, pop culture, psychology, religion, the sciences, sports, technology, the visual arts, and yoga. He is particularly interested in where the formal in classical ballet intersects and participates with the informal in gesture and movement. Methodologies utilized to create vocabulary for each piece embrace elements of chance, spontaneity and individuality, which allows unique associations and resonances to arise and influence scripted choreographic phrases.
Mr. Chung will work with students in a workshop setting during June and return in August to begin work with the professional company. One of his new works will be presented in a February performance, "LOVELAND", while the other, "ATHLETES OF THE GODS" will be premiered in March.
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Brian Carey Chung is a Jamaican-born, naturalized American dancer, choreographer, poet and registered nurse. His sixteen-year dance career (1991-2006) spanned the country's most celebrated contemporary ballet companies, touring internationally with Lines Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Armitage Gone! Dance and Ballet Hispanic of NY.
After retiring from the stage he was rehearsal director and assistant choreographer to Karole Armitage; both for her company and for her 2008 re-creation of the musical, HAIR, for the Public Theatre in New York
City. In 2009, Chung formed Collective Body Dance Lab in New York City. The lab, a project-based, creative think tank, brought together independent artists, designers, musicians, singers, composers, and dancers in the production and performance of new dances.
Chung has taught on the faculties of Lines Ballet in San Francisco, and Peridance Capezio Center, Broadway Dance Center and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. He has guest lectured and taught masterclasses for Lines, Complexions, and Armitage, and at universities throughout the U.S.A. From 2011-2013, he was Assistant Professor of Ballet at Northern Illinois University.
Chung holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Florida, a Master of Fine Art in Creative Writing: Poetry from New York University, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University. In addition to being Resident Choreographer for Dance Alive National Ballet, Chung works as a nurse on the Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cardiac Surveillance Unit (D1) at Stanford Health Care, Stanford University.