Andonis Foniadakis | Horizons Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

Fast, athletic and daring describes the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Company in these video clips of a ballet called, Horizons. The choreography is by Andonis Foniadakis and the music by Julian Tarride.

The Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet is an American company that is based in New York City. It premiered its first season in 2003 – 2004. The company has a diverse repertoire developed from their emphasis in producing creative collaborations with the most current international choreographers of today. The company is dedicated to the development of contemporary dance and provides a place where choreographers can create new works in order to present them to a world wide audience. The dancers are highly versatile and technically strong with the ability to merge their classical technique with current contemporary dance techniques and styles. The company also features combining dance with other forms of multi-media in their presentations.

Andonis Foniadakis is a Greek dancer and choreographer who began his training in a local school under Niki Papadaki. He went on to study at the State Dance School of Athens in 1990 – 1992, and before his graduation received the prestigious Maria Callas award to continue his studies in Bejart, Lausanne, Switzerland. As a dancer he worked with the Bejart Ballet under Maurice Bejart, the Lyon Opera Ballet under Youges Loukos and Saburo Teshigawara/Kares Co. then with his own company, Co.Apotosoma. Over the course of his dance career he has performed in works created by all the major contemporary choreographers of today, including, Forsythe, Kylian, Mats Ek, Nacho Duato, Hofesh Schechter and more. As a freelance choreographer, Foniadakis has been a prolific dance maker creating new pieces for many companies around the world, including the Cedar Lake Contemporary Company featured in this video.

Horizons is a new ballet that was premiered earlier this year, 2013. From the few videos I can find of this ballet it strikes me as tour de force of striking imagery, arresting and effective lighting effects and fast, fearless athletic movement with very interesting and clever movement combinations. They range from sinewy, lyrical mutations to driving rhythmic forces. We can see the movement in this video is rousing, raw, “on the edge” and filled with a wonderful palate of dynamic rhythm, energy and color.

Foniadakis has pushed his dancers to their limits in this great new piece. The dancing is outstanding and fearless!

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