Press for Dominic Walsh Dance Theater Book Launch

Dominic Walsh Dance Theater Book Launch

By Olivia Flores Alvarez

Gabriella Nissen got a lesson in ballet when she set up a backdrop for a photo shoot of Dominic Walsh.

“I thought it was high enough; it went up way over the dancers’ heads,” she tells us. “[A dancer] walked by and I asked him if it was high enough. He looked at it and said, ‘Oh no. You’ll need to go up three more feet.’ I thought, ‘You’re kidding, right?’ He wasn’t. I had no idea dancers jumped that high or did all of the amazing things they do.”

The experience is one of many Nissen recounted as she discussed the new photography book Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. A joint project with Walsh as writer and Nissen as designer, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater is being launched at a reception at the Deborah Colton Gallery.

Nissen has been photographing Walsh and his dance troupe since 2007. Over the past eight years, she’s amassed thousands of images. And, of course, she wasn’t the only photographer working with Walsh. When she and Walsh decided to put together a retrospective of the company, she asked other photographers to contribute.

“When you’re doing something that’s not just your work, you have to step out of yourself a little bit. This book wasn’t about me and my photography; it’s about Dominic and his dancers. I wasn’t the only photographer who had part of that story to tell.
“Dominic and I looked through thousands and thousands of images for the book. It was much more difficult to put together than I would have thought originally. But putting the images together wasn’t the end. Now we have to promote it and make sure people know about it.”
And in some ways, this is the hard part, she tells us. “I’m really shy about promoting myself and doing all of this web stuff; it can get to be a bit much. One day, Dominic and I were trying to figure out how to put a link up on Facebook — here we were, he’s this talented dancer [and choreographer], I’ve been a photographer for years and neither one of us knew how to post a link online.”

 

Houston Chronicle

Dominic Walsh and friends launch a book

By Molly Glentzer

Dominic Walsh Dance Theater officially folded this year, but its namesake founder-choreographer revisited the company's milestones with friends on Dec. 12 during a launch party at Deborah Colton Gallery for his retrospective book.

Designed by Gabriella Nissen, one of the Houston photographers who captured the company in its prime, the book recalls a period of intense creativity and provocative collaboration with musicians, museums and internationally known dance talents.

Walsh, a former Houston Ballet principal dancer, founded his company in 2002, and Nissen began documenting it in 2007.

"Dominic always tested the limits and raised the bar, helping those who viewed his performances to think in more open minded, visionary and creative ways, said host Deborah Colton, a long-time company supporter.

The evening included a screening of scenes from Walsh's dance film, "Malto Kano, TX."

Walsh, now a freelance choreographer, has created works recently for Ballet San Antonio, Colorado Ballet, Festival Ballet Providence, Whim W'Him and Asami Maki Ballet.

Among the fans: David and Anita Garten, Jo and Jim Furr, Martha Bourke, Jereann Chaney, Thomas and Anna Au, Denzil and Elise Hollingsworth, Bob and Mariana Debes, Marc and Duyen Nguyen, Mari Omori, Nicola Parente and Sharon and Gus Kopriva.

 

On Their Toes for Ballet Legend's Hotly Anticipated Book Launch

Since 2002, critically acclaimed Dominic Walsh Dance Theater (DWDT) has charted new territory in the dance world by translating the techniques and skills of classical ballet into a more contemporary realm. In the book Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Dominic Walsh, founder and artistic director, reflects on his journey leading the company. The core of this book is a collection of photographs capturing some of the incredible moments from the company’s repertoire. Photographer Gabriella Nissen has been documenting DWDT performances since 2007 and as editor of this book Nissen worked with Walsh sorting through thousands of DWDT images by her and fellow photographers to find the brightest gems to highlight the company’s history. Order your book at www.gabriellanissen.com.

SAINT JOAN presented by Stark Naked Theatre in association with BEDLAM

It's not everyday I get to photograph one of Off Broadway’s hottest companies.  BEDLAM is here in Houston with its new vision of the George Bernard Shaw’s classic SAINT JOAN – Presented by Stark Naked Theatre Company.  Here are some of my photos from SAINT JOAN plus quotes from reviews and more below.

I love working with Kim Tobin-Lehl and Philip Lehl, co-artistic directors of Stark Naked Theatre.  They are inspiring to work with and their productions keep raising the bar for quality theater in Houston.  Inviting Bedlam to perform here was a stroke of genius.

You can see more of my photos for Stark Naked Theatre by clicking here.

 Stephan Wolfert and Samantha Steinmetz.  Lighting Designer Christina Giannelli.

Stephan Wolfert and Samantha Steinmetz.  Lighting Designer Christina Giannelli.

 Spencer Aste and John Russell

Spencer Aste and John Russell

 Samantha Steinmetz and Stephan Wolfert

Samantha Steinmetz and Stephan Wolfert

 Stephan Wolfert, Spencer Aste and John Russell

Stephan Wolfert, Spencer Aste and John Russell

 Stephan Wolfert and Samantha Steinmetz

Stephan Wolfert and Samantha Steinmetz

 Spencer Aste and Samantha Steinmetz

Spencer Aste and Samantha Steinmetz

 Stephan Wolfert and Samantha Steinmetz

Stephan Wolfert and Samantha Steinmetz

 Samantha Steinmetz

Samantha Steinmetz

 Samantha Steinmetz and John Russell

Samantha Steinmetz and John Russell

Reviews for Saint Joan:

 

"It's a rare and happy occurrence in the theater when an actor literally glows onstage . . . the iridescence from actress Samantha Steinmetz as Joan of Arc in George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan (1923) is unmistakable.

 

Joan is the iconic 2012 inaugural production from the acclaimed New York City theater company Bedlam. This young, innovative company takes classics (like Hamlet or Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility – two other hit shows in Bedlam's rep) and deftly slaps them awake with plenty of attitude and deconstruction. It adds grunge and zing, tossing in bucketfuls of metatheater.

. . . everything builds inexorably to a stirring finale. In this company's exquisite hands, Joan is mighty powerful."

                                                                                                                   – D. L. Groover, Houston Press

 

"Director Eric Tucker, who was Wall Street Journal Director of the Year in 2014, manages to have only four actors in the entire production, with Spencer Aste, John Russell and Stephan Wolfert playing multiple roles ranging from French kings to English clergy to military leaders—all with aplomb.

This contemporary treatment of a 15th-century figure reminds us that rebellion is never time-bound, and always extracts a price, even if there is a reward at the end. The trial itself is a lesson in the slipperiness of justice, and a timely reminder that the voices of commoners are threatening to the powers that be, no matter what century you live in."

                                                                                                                   – Doni Wilson, Houstonia

 

"Artistic director Kim Tobin-Lehl explains that in bringing Bedlam to Houston, Stark Naked seeks to tangibly demonstrate the vision she and her husband have for the company: “We’ve always been interested in quadrupling roles while keeping to original circumstances of authors like Shakespeare that have minimal sets and put storytelling first. Also, given that an important part of our mission is to pay artists, this aesthetic of acting works.” Indeed, Houston audiences would be hard-pressed to find a production where their money and time could be better spent. Stark Naked is Houston’s own metaphorical Saint Joan, fighting for theater and artistry that, in following its own voices, inspires and deserves to be numbered among the elect."

                                                                                                                   –  Ray Brooks, OutSmart

 

What: Stark Naked Theatre in association with Bedlam present Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw
When: June 2–18, 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees at 3:30 p.m.
Where: Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring St.
Details: Tickets $29 (senior and student rates available) may be purchased online at starknakedtheatre.com or by calling the box office at 832.786.1849.

More information about Bedlam at bedlam.org

 

Book Signing at Brazos Bookstore for Dominic Walsh Dance Theater Book

Dominic and I are grateful to Brazos Bookstore for generously hosting our Book Signing on Monday, May 23, 2016. 

Brazos Bookstore is an independent bookstore in Houston.  They connect readers with the best contemporary and classic literature, non-fiction, art and architecture monographs.  They also have great books for children.  Readers engage with emerging and established authors in person through their book signing events.  Brazos Bookstore supports writers and readers through their long partnership with the Inprint Reading Series.



 

See scenes from the film MALTA KANO, TX at the DWDT Book Launch!

MALTA KANO, TX is a film by Dominic Walsh and Belgian artist Frédérique de Montblanc and features Japanese ballerina Hana Sakai and Domenico Luciano.  The film premiered at the Brussels Short Film Festival in April 2015 and was an official selection at the Festival Tous Courts Aix-en-Provence, France International Film Festival in November 2015.

Check out the trailer:

MALTA KANO, TX tells the story of a couple in crisis where the husband and wife seem to be unable to tame each other anymore.  Through gesture and dance, the film explores the tragic yet beautiful metamorphosis one undergoes in the quest to preserve love.

"Frédérique and her team, through the medium of film, have successfully captured the dreamlike essence of my work."   – Dominic Walsh

Director of Photography: Romain Ferrand, Music Composition: Loup Mormont.  Produced by Eklektik Productions in collaboration with DWDT.

The DWDT Book features stills from the film:

And behind the scenes photos of the filming at the Asia Society of Texas:

Deborah Colton Gallery is hosting the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater Book Launch

Dominic and I are so grateful to Deborah Colton for generously hosting our Book Launch on December 12th.  She has a beautiful event planned in her extraordinary gallery.

In case you are not familiar with the Deborah Colton Gallery it is a continually evolving innovative showcase for the ongoing presentation and international promotion of strong historical and visionary contemporary artists worldwide.  Her current show, Codes of Hermes, is a solo exhibition of multimedia works from international artist Khaled Hafez, a Cairo-based visual artist and filmmaker.  Khaled Hafez's work will be on display at the gallery during the Book Launch.  For more information go online to Deborah Colton Gallery.

Deborah has been a longtime and passionate supporter of DWDT and was integral in the success of the company's New York tour in 2013 by hosting and co-chairing The Empire State of Mind fundraiser.  She has written a beautiful and thoughtful quote about Dominic included in the invitation.

Please join us!  To RSVP click here.

Prepay for your book today online at gabriellanissen.com.

There will be a limited number of books available for sale at the Launch.  To avoid disappointment please prepay for your book.

Here's the invitation from the Deborah Colton Gallery:

Photographers featured in the DWDT book!

It's a long list and here are just a few . . .

  Roxanne Claire

Roxanne Claire

  Bill Woodford, Jay Rusovich, Letitia London, Frank Artura, Lynn Lane and Jean Daniel Lo.

Bill Woodford, Jay Rusovich, Letitia London, Frank Artura, Lynn Lane and Jean Daniel Lo.

  Jim Caldwell

Jim Caldwell

  Phyllis McCabe

Phyllis McCabe

  Amitava Sarkar

Amitava Sarkar

  Jaime Lagdameo

Jaime Lagdameo

  Hidemi Seto

Hidemi Seto

Some of the amazing women featured by DWDT

The book features photographs of the dancers who have worked with DWDT throughout the years.  Here are just a few . . .

  Marie-Agnès Gillot  with Domenico Luciano /   The Firebird

Marie-Agnès Gillot with Domenico Luciano /  The Firebird

  Marie-Agnès Gillot  with Domenico Luciano   /  The Firebird

Marie-Agnès Gillot with Domenico Luciano   / The Firebird

  Hana Sakai    /   Camille Claudel

Hana Sakai   /  Camille Claudel

  Hana Sakai    /   Uzume

Hana Sakai   /  Uzume

  Stefania Figliossi   with Domenico Luciano and Robert Dekkers /   Ancora lá

Stefania Figliossi  with Domenico Luciano and Robert Dekkers /  Ancora lá

  Marissa Parmenter, Lauren Anderson, Tyann Clement, Rachel Meyer, Danielle Brown and Krissy Richmond    /   The Dying Swan

Marissa Parmenter, Lauren Anderson, Tyann Clement, Rachel Meyer, Danielle Brown and Krissy Richmond   /  The Dying Swan

  Dawn Dippel   with Domenico Luciano /   Sleeping Beauty

Dawn Dippel  with Domenico Luciano /  Sleeping Beauty

  Dawn Dippel    /   Titus Andronicus

Dawn Dippel   /  Titus Andronicus

  Amy Cain   with Domenico Luciano and Dawn Dippel /   Titus Andronicus

Amy Cain  with Domenico Luciano and Dawn Dippel /  Titus Andronicus

  Felicia McBride    /    Medea

Felicia McBride   /   Medea

Book Launch for Dominic Walsh Dance Theater

Deborah Colton Gallery Presents

Book Launch for Dominic Walsh Dance Theater Photography Book

 


Dominic Walsh Dance Theater
A Book Celebrating DWDT's Rich History on the Forefront of Dance
Written by Dominic Walsh* Designed by Gabriella Nissen

Join us for a special evening with Dominic Walsh
Featuring video installations including scenes from Malta Kano, TX,
a film by Dominic Walsh and Frédérique de Montblanc

Saturday • December 12th • 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Deborah Colton Gallery • deborahcoltongallery.com
info@deborahcoltongallery.com • 713.869.5151

Order Your Book Today!
Order online by November 20 to receive your book at the Book Launch on December 12 at the Deborah Colton Gallery in Houston. If you are not planning to attend the launch your book will be mailed to you.

"I think every major city should have a wonderful ballet company and a great contemporary dance company.  I think DWDT was able to fill that space bringing new and exciting works to the city making Houston a true Dance center to be proud of.  I know I will always be proud of Dominic Walsh and the Vision he had for dance in Houston."  -  Ben Stevenson

Click to order yours today gabriellanissen.com


Since 2002 critically acclaimed Dominic Walsh Dance Theater (DWDT) has charted new territory in the dance world by translating the techniques and skills of classical ballet into a more contemporary realm.  In this book Dominic Walsh, founder and artistic director of DWDT, reflects on his journey leading the company.  Walsh shares insights about ballets, collaborations and people behind the scenes who inspired and helped create DWDT's innovative productions.  The core of this book is a collection of photographs capturing some of the incredible moments from the company's repertoire.  Walsh's accompanying commentary reveals the inspiration and inner workings of the choreographer's mind.  Biographies of Walsh and Domenico Luciano, who joined the company in 2005 as a dancer and as Walsh's collaborator, shed light on pivotal moments in both their careers.  Dominic Walsh Dance Theater is a retrospective of the remarkable achievement of DWDT and a testament to the passionate vision of Dominic Walsh.

As a principal dancer with Houston Ballet under Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. for over a decade, Dominic Walsh danced all around the globe and received national and international praise for his interpretations of both classical and contemporary roles.  He has danced all the classics such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Romeo & Juliet, and Manon and appeared with major stars including Nina Ananiashivili and Alessandra Ferri.  In 1998 Walsh burst onto the choreographic scene when he won the Choo-San Goh Award.  He has staged and created works in Tokyo, Naples, Italy, Chicago, Sarasota, London, and New York, and has served as Resident Choreographer of Sarasota Ballet of Florida.  Walsh works with companies and academies throughout the world as a guest teacher and coach for both classical and contemporary classes and repertoire.
 
Photographer Gabriella Nissen has been documenting Dominic Walsh Dance Theater performances since 2007.  As editor of this book Nissen worked with Walsh sorting through thousands of DWDT images by her and fellow photographers to find the brightest gems to highlight the company's history.
"The Dominic Walsh Dance Theater brought an international sophistication to Houston which was at the level of the finest in Europe, Asia and Latin America.  Truly original, provocative and refreshing, Dominic always tested the limits and raised the bar, helping those who viewed his performances to think in more open minded, visionary and creative ways.  The Dominic Walsh Dance Theater will always have an important place in Houston's history in the beginning of this new millennium, setting the stage and paving the way for others to follow in the future years to come."   - Deborah Colton
Deborah Colton Gallery • deborahcoltongallery.com
 

info@deborahcoltongallery.com • 713.869.5151