Albany Berkshire Ballet presents

“Process and Performance”

The Albany Berkshire Ballet (ABB) will kick off its Spring season on March 10 at the Stationery Factory in Dalton, MA with Process and Performance – an ABB initiative to create new repertory and foster collaborations. Works by choreographers Alexia Barandiaran, Chuck Paquette, Janine Parker, Jonathan Riedel, and Ruslan Sprague will be performed by dancers from ABB, the Junior Company of ABB, and students from the Williams College Dance Department with direction from Erica Dankmeyer and Janine Parker. Tickets are available online at and at the door.  Ticket price includes appetizers at 6:30 PM and desserts and discussion with artists following an hour of performance.  A cash bar will be available.

Process and Performance

March 10 at 6:30 PM

Initiative to create new repertory

Works by:
Alexia Barandiaran
Chuck Paquette
Janine Parker
Jonathan Riedel
Ruslan Sprague
Williams College Dance Department


The Stationery Factory, 63 Flansburg Ave, Dalton, MA 01226



6:30 Apps, Drinks, Desserts
Tickets for general admission are $20, students $5.

This year’s eclectic performance features pieces ranging from a latin-inspired ballet to jazz, 40s swing, and contemporary dance.

“Aromas” choreographed by Alexia Barandiaran in collaboration with performers,is a latin ballet, with movements inspired by salsa from Cuba, fuga from Venezuela, danzón from Cuba, and tango from Argentina, among other movements in the Latin American world. This ballet pays homage to Latin America, especially after the natural disasters in 2017. Music: Arturo Máquez, “Danzón No. 2”

“Unsquare Dance” choreographed by Chuck Paquette is a short dance packed with fun movement phrases and rhythms. The music is jazz, the dance plays off of Brubeck’s 7/4 metering and incorporates modern, ballet and some 40s swing. Music by:Dave Brubeck

“Preludes for Another Time” choreographed by Janine Parker depicts a small group of creatures gather in playful — and constantly interrupted — rituals. Music: Preludes # 3, 2, 12, and 7 by Frederic Chopin, recording by Maria João Pires.

“Lemon Grove” choreographed by Jonathan Riedel is a blend of ballet, folk and modern dance exploring the bittersweet delight of romance and memories. Music: J.S. Bach, Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor. “Verdant Fire, mvmt III”  choreographed by Jonathan Riedel is rhythmic, sculpted, and sensual. Music: W.A. Mozart, “Dissonance” String Quartet.

A classical, yet contemporary “pas de deux” choreographed by Ruslan Sprague.

Alexia Barandiaran

Alexia Barandiaran was trained in classical ballet for 15 years at Vladimir Issaev’s School of Classical Ballet in Miami. Now, she is studies Chemistry and French at Williams College and is part of CoDa, the contemporary dance ensemble. This is the second piece she has choreographed for CoDa.

Chuck Paquette

Chuck Paquette is a local teacher and choreographer, he began studying at The Studio in Adams and with the Cantarella School and Berkshire Ballet in Pittsfield.  He holds a BFA from Purchase College and a MFA from Smith College.  After several years of being on the road dancing and teaching he and his wife had decided to settle down in the Berkshires.  Currently Chuck works in the Art Department at Williams College where he also teaches a Saturday morning ballet class, and teaches for the Cantarella School in Pittsfield.  When it comes to choreographing says Chuck, “It’s all about the movement”.

Janine Parker

Janine Parker has been teaching for thirty years. She has had a long affiliation with the Boston Ballet School, as faculty member and Associate Principal and continues to teach in its Summer Dance Program. Previously, Parker ran the Children’s Dance Extension Division at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and was the Assistant Director for the school’s Summer Dance Workshop. In 2003 Parker moved out to Western Massachusetts, where she served as Artistic Director for Pioneer Valley Ballet. From 2007-2013, Parker was the founding director/teacher of The Ballet School at Bement, an afterschool program in Deerfield, MA. She has been a regular or guest faculty member/choreographer at various schools in the area, including Deerfield Academy and East Street Dance Center. In 2007 she joined the Williams College Dance Department and, as Artist-in-Residence, teaches several levels of ballet technique as well as history of and choreography from the ballet repertoire; she is a co-director of CoDa, the department’s contemporary dance ensemble. Parker danced with various ballet and modern companies in Massachusetts, and continued to perform character roles when she retired from dance. Since 1989 she has written about ballet and dance extensively, formerly for The Boston Phoenix and currently for The Boston Globe, The Berkshire Eagle, and The Arts Fuse. She co-wrote the memoir of her colleague Laura Young. The book — Boston Ballerina: A Dancer, A Company, An Era — was published by University Press of New England in November 2017.

Jonathan Riedel

Jonathan Riedel is the choreographer and Artistic Director of Riedel Dance Theater, founded in 2003. He has created works for the Limón Dance Company, the Purchase Dance Company, the Yard, Dance New York International, the Good Moves Consort, Agnes Scott College; and developed choreography and character movement for the video game, Godessia, produced by Artware. DanceView Times proclaimed his work “brilliant,” “profoundly moving,” and having “an ingenuity and timing that would make Petipa jealous.” His work has been performed at the Kennedy Center, the World Trade Center Plaza, The Egg, FringeNYC, the Downtown Dance Festival, and DanceNOW NYC. His solo The Angel was integrated into AHRC’s curriculum of dance for students with autism. A native of Rye, NY, he began dancing at the age of 17 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. He prospered in a career with the Limón Dance Company from 1996 to 2006, performing works by Doris Humphrey, Antony Tudor, Donald McKayle, Murray Louis, Jirí Kylián, Lar Lubovitch, and Doug Varone. He danced many of José Limón’s masterpieces including Chaconne, Orfeo, Psalm, There is a Time, and The Moor’s Pavane. Tobi Tobias of ArtsJournal declared him to be “surely one of the most fascinating dancers the company has harbored.” He recently earned an MFA in choreography at Purchase College.

Ruslan Sprague

Ruslan Sprague has been dancing with the ABB since he was three, cast as the changeling in their production of A Midsummer Nights Dream in ’93 all the way up to the Snow Prince in their annual production of The Nutcracker. Ruslan also studied with Darrell Puciarello from the Metroploitan Opera Ballet and attended several dance programs with Boston Ballet, as well as their choreographic workshop under the teachings of Helen Pickett and Jorma Elo. After dancing with Ballet West in Salt Lake City Utah, Ruslan has returned to the Berkshires.

 A Call to Artists

ABB welcomes choreographers, composers, playwrights, poets, filmmakers and educators to submit ideas for collaborations for the next Process and Performance event in July 2018. ABB provides musical resources, costumes, rehearsal and performance space, staging, production assistance, publicity assistance and networking opportunities – to support the development of new works.   Process and Performance builds on ABB’s 40 plus years of collaboration with artists including Laura Dean, Charles Moulton, Bill T. Jones, and Paula Weber.  Submit ideas to


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