Dance goes to the “Rodeo”
American Ballet Theatre legend and Rodeo stager Paul Sutherland works with dance students.
During the month of April, dance majors have been hard at work staging several pieces for the Spring Dance Performance.
The highlight of the program is Agnes de Mille’s classic choreography of Aaron Copland’s Rodeo. For the past several weeks, the dancers have worked with American Ballet Theatre legend Paul Sutherland, the only approved stager of the work in the world. Sutherland has staged the work nearly 50 times, but according to Sutherland, this will be only the third time he has staged it with a student group. Sutherland had copious praise for the Interlochen dancers: he complimented them for their fluency in tap, excellent musicality and quick absorption of the choreography.
The 32-minute ballet will open the Spring Dance Performance, which also includes new works by Interlochen Arts Academy instructors Justin Koertgen, Matt Lindstrom and Rachel James, as well as Adolphe Adam’s Le Corsaire.