Carlos Carvajal to Stage Work in St. Louis

5 Aug

Native San Franciscan Carlos Carvajal, whose initial dance experience was with Chang’s International Dancers before studying and performing with San Francisco Ballet and spending a decade in Europe, has been invited to stage a work in St. Louis. In September he will mount a work for the  Kuchipudi Art Academy of Dance of St. Louis which will be performed October 29.

The Art Academy was founded in 1980 by Sujata Vinjamuni, a student of Padmavibushan Vempati Chinna Satyam, the ne plus ultra of Kuchipudi dancing.  Also schooled in Bharata Natyam, Vinjamuni was honored this spring from the Government of Andra Pradesh for her devotion to Kuchipudi.  The Academy’s website mentions its practice of giving the program proceeds to worthy causes in the St. Louis area.

Carvajal mentioned that the commission found him remembering Golden Rain, created for his company, Dance Spectrum.  “It has an interesting movement base, but only a springboard; of course the music will be different.”

After returning to San Francisco, Carvajal danced once more with San Francisco Ballet, was its ballet master, choreographing Totentanz and Genesis before leaving to start his own ensemble.  While in Europe, Carvajal danced first with the Grand Ballet de Marquis de Cuevas, The Bremen Opera and the Opera in Bordeaux.  He was a soloist with the Grand Ballet when Rudolf Nureyev made his European debut in Bronislava Nijinska’s production of Sleeping Beauty.  Currently, Carvajal is co-artistic director of World Arts West’s Ethnic Dance Festival

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