Buglisi Dance Theatre celebrates 20 Years of Artistry

Buglisi Dance Theatre Requiem

Requiem                                    

Artistic Director Jacqulyn Buglisi,the Board of Directors and the Benefit Committee celebrated 20 Years of artistry and inspired service to the community on Wednesday evening at an event at the   beautiful Columbus Citizens Foundation Townhouse.

As flag bearers of arts and culture, Buglisi Dance Theatre bridges boundaries through collaborations that transcend all barriers.

Honoring – Matilda Raffa Cuomo

First Mother, First Lady of New York (1983-95 ) Founder of Mentoring USA In the presence of ~Consul General of New York, Mrs. Natalia Quintavalle.

The company performed excerpts from  3 pieces Requiem, Prelude  and This is Forever.

This is all building up  to the 20th Anniversary season at the Joyce theater in February.

I am always honored to photograph for the company and can’t wait till February…

Buglisi Dance Theatre performs Suspended Women

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The other night I was thrilled to photograph at the National Dance Institute . The Buglisi Dance Theatre performed excerpts from my favorite piece,  Suspended Women. I began photographing backstage, while the dancers were dressing and  then during a short rehearsal. I love watching the creative process, seeing  the dancers inhabit the choreographer’s vision. The language of dance is universal and as Jacqulyn so beautifully says it ignites the imagination.

Suspended Women speaks  to the duality of a woman’s identity; tender femininity paired with a vivacious strength. The colorful pastel dresses are in silk, chiffon, feathers and sequins. Some flow freely while others wobble with a hoop skirt to the sounds of Maurice Ravel’s Gloria. The eclectic dresses added a romantic timelessness to the piece.

An Affair to Remember

It is always a pleasure to create images for  the Buglisi Dance Theatre’s performances and the  May 1st spring benefit, An Affair to Remember, was especially beautiful. It  took place at Artisanal House where the dancers were in the space as “living peace sculptures”, followed by excerpted performances of the Table of Silence, Requiem and Jacqulyn’s new piece commissioned by David DeSilva “This is Forever” – which was  also  screened throughout the evening on film – and Jacques d’Amboise who  read from his book “I Was a Dancer”.

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2011 International Photography Awards – Lucie Foundation


2011 International Photography Awards Announces Winners of the Competition

 Some of the top professionals in the business partner with the Lucie Foundation to present the prestigious International Photography Awards, this year I’ve been awarded 7 Honorable Mentions.

Thanks so much to all the judges.

 Honorable Mention in People – Culture category for the winning entry “Still Points In A Turning World-Tribal Villages In Guizhou”

Terri Gold was awarded an Honorable Mention in People – Culture category for the winning entry “Requiem-Buglisi Dance Theatre”

Terri Gold was awarded an Honorable Mention in People – Portrait category for the winning entry “Ben and his Horse”

Terri Gold was awarded an Honorable Mention in People – Culture category for the winning entry “Into the Mist in Guizhou”

Terri Gold was awarded an Honorable Mention in People – Culture category for the winning entry “Sister’s Meal Festival in Guizhou”

Terri Gold was awarded an Honorable Mention in People – Children category for the winning entry “Pheasant Miao boys in Guizhou”

Terri Gold was awarded an Honorable Mention in People – Culture category for the winning entry “Guping Mountain Miao”

THE TABLE OF SILENCE PROJECT: Public Tribute to 9/11

I just returned from a long trip in Northern California visiting family and friends and even witnessed the birth of a beautiful grandchild. I flew late into JFK on 9/10 and at dawn on 9/11 had the honor of capturing The Table of Silence Project for Jacqulyn Buglisi and all involved. For all of us who were in NYC on that day 10yrs ago, it is a searing memory that we will never forget. I was glad to  begin this day of remembrance sharing and being part of this wonderful tribute.

THE TABLE OF SILENCE PROJECT
a public tribute to 9/11 and prayer for peace
Conceived by Choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi and Italian artist Rosella Vasta

The Table of Silence Project 9/11 represents a symbolic banquet table uniting all of humanity. Through this event we wish to achieve the dual purpose of celebrating and honoring peace, through listening, a united moment of silence – a call for peace in our world.

As the dancers created a peace labyrinth encircling the Revson Fountain, we were invited  to join  for one minute of silence as they  raised their  arms to the sky at 8:46 a.m., recalling the moment when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower, the dancers  turned their wrists with open palms and extended their arms to the sky for one minute, evoking the simple gesture of universal peace. Choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi created  this site-specific “Ceremonial Event” for 100 dancers, drawn from the New York City dance community, entitled “The Table of Silence Project,” to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Buglisi Dance Theatre is partnering on this project with Dance/NYC and The September Concert. Participants are dancers from Buglisi Dance Theatre, The Juilliard School, the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, The Ailey School, National Dance Institute, Ballet Hispanico, STEPS on Broadway, and Peridance Capezio Center.

Born Forever – A Modern Ballet

Choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi, with members of the Buglisi Dance Theatre company, created a new ballet entitled Born Forever, an original dance piece with music inspired by Fame The Musical and its sequel Fame Forever. The ballet, which is composed by Fame composer Steve Margoshes, premiered  for an invited audience on Tuesday, March 15 at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

“Our creative spirit never really dies, and as the song says, maybe we really will live forever,” said producer David De Silva, the man known as “Father Fame” who conceived and produced the classic 1980 MGM film Fame and the two stage musicals inspired by it. “It certainly is something to dance about.”

Born Forever- Buglisi Dance Theatre

Born Forever- Buglisi Dance Theatre

Buglisi Dance Theatre- Born Forever

Buglisi Dance Theatre- Born Forever

Buglisi Dance Theatre- Born Forever

Buglisi Dance Theatre- Born Forever

Buglisi Dance Theatre- Born Forever

Buglisi Dance Theatre- Born Forever

Buglisi Dance Theatre- Born Forever

Buglisi Dance Theatre- Born Forever

Buglisi Dance Theatre: Letters of Love on Ripped Paper

On Wednesday, June 16th, I photographed a wonderful preview performance by the Buglisi Dance Theatre, “Letters of Love on Ripped Paper”. It is a work in progress that will premiere in 2011 and was hosted by Ralph Pucci at his beautiful penthouse. The work is based on love letters through the ages; one is from Napoleon to Josephine:

Josephine

Your image…the intoxicating pleasure…allow my senses no rest

My soul is broken with grief when I drink from your lips…your heart a scorching flame.

Till then, a thousand kisses, mio dolce amore, set my blood on fire…