Dance as Ever
Dance as Ever began in 1993 with the premiere of four new works by Mr. Witchel. Since its founding, the company produced more than 25 new ballets in repertory. In its short existence, the company has begun the job of carving out its distinctive niche, to follow a vision of discovering vital expressiveness within classical form.
Dancers associated with the company have also danced with the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre as well as the Joffrey Ballet, Feld Ballets:NY, the Cleveland and Atlanta Ballets, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. The company and Mr. Witchel have been awarded several honors, including a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, a Choo-San Goh Award in Choreography, recognition from the JDAF Inc. Choreography Competition, and a nomination from the CalArts Alpert Awards in the Arts.
Dance as Ever: A Timeline1993 - First concert at the Theatre of the Riverside Church. Four new ballets performed with dancers from Atlanta Ballet, American Festival Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Dance as Ever incorporates shortly afterwards.
1994 - Dance as Ever gets provisional acceptance as a 501(c)3 organization from the IRS. Second concert at Marymount Manhattan College. Three new ballets are presented and a revival of Rondo for Five choreographed in 1991.
1995 - The company receives its first funding, from the Harkness, Mary Duke Biddle and Heathcote Foundations. The company performs four new works at Marymount.
1996 - The company receives its first Space at Pace grant. Two new ballets are presented and a revival of Sauve qui Peut (1995).
1997 - The company does not perform this year. Mr. Witchel publishes his first articles on dance, including a long study of George Balanchine's Agon in Ballet Review.
1998 - Dance as Ever receives its permanent 501(c)3 status from the IRS and resumes performing with its second Space at Pace grant. Two new ballets are presented. In December, Mr. Witchel and Dance as Ever, Inc. win a Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography.
1999 - The company works with its first guest artist, Charles Askegard, to create the solo Aubade. The season at Pace consists of this solo, two other new works and a revival of Horizon (1993) and opens during Hurricane Floyd. A day to day diary of the creation and performance of these ballets is at www.balletalert.com/specials/witcheldiary/Diaryindex.htm
2000 - Mr. Witchel and Peter Boal collaborate for the first time. The Pace season presents four new ballets. Mr. Witchel is nominated for a CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts.
2001 - Mr. Witchel receives a Guggenheim Fellowship and also an award from JDAF, Inc and the company performs A Waltz Remembered (1993) in a concert produced by JDAF. The theater at Pace University, a few blocks from the World Trade Center, becomes inaccessible due to the attack. After two weeks of intensive searching, the company finds an alternate venue, the ArcLight Theatre and performs three weeks later. Three new works are performed and a revival of Scherzo Fantastique (1999 version).
In conjunction with its performances, the company has also done lecture and discussion sessions for young audiences, and has participated in the "High Five" program run by the New York Times and the "Early Stages" program run by the Department of Cultural Affairs, and in ticket outreach programs sponsored by GMHC and International House.