What Becomes of Love? – Sonya Tayeh, Rhye, American Ballet Theatre

Produced in conjunction with American Ballet Theatre and National Sawdust, Sharing Spaces Productions, MATTE PROJECTS

In her first collaboration with Rhye, Tony Award-nominated choreographer Sonya Tayeh will premiere What Becomes of Love?  

With dance commissioned by American Ballet Theatre and a film co-commissioned by National Sawdust, the piece features music by the Canadian musician Rhye (Michael Milosh) — a raw, romantic medley of silky falsetto vocals and cascading piano, synthesizer, and violin instrumentation. Tayeh choreographed the work in tandem with her cast of ABT dancers in a quarantined "ballet bubble" in upstate New York. See the magic that happens when free-flowing movement meets melancholic ballads. The event will be followed by a conversation with the artists. 

Bios:

Sonya Tayeh is a Tony nominated choreographer and director. Her work has been characterized as a blend of powerful versatility and theatrical range. Selected credits include: Moulin Rouge! Broadway (Hirschfeld Theatre/Dir. Alex Timbers), Sing Street Broadway (Lyceum Theatre/Dir. Rebecca Taichman), “Unveiling” with Moses Sumney and Dancers (Fall For Dance/City Center), Rent Live! (Fox Network/Dir. Michael Grief and Alex Rudzinski), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova/Dir. Anne Kauffman), Face the Torrent for Malpaso Dance Co. (commissioned by The Music Center/LA), You'll Still Call Me By Name (commissioned by New York Live Arts and Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival), Martha Graham Dance Company's Lamentation Variation Series (Joyce Theatre), Hundred Days (New York Theatre Workshop/Dir. Anne Kauffman), The Skin Of Our Teeth (Theatre for a New Audience/Dir. Arin Arbus), Andrew Lippas' The Wild Party (City Center Encores!/Dir. Leigh Silverman), Kung Fu (Signature Theatre/Dir. Leigh Silverman). 

Ms Tayeh has directed and choreographed for world-renowned music artists; including Miley Cyrus (directed and choreographed The Gypsy Heart Tour), Florence and the Machine (choreographed performances for The Brit Awards, The Voice and American Idol), and Kylie Minogue (Aphrodite Tour). She has received  many accolades for her versatile work, including two Emmy nominations for Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, two Drama Desk nominations, an Obie Award and two Lucille Lortel Awards for “Outstanding Choreography.”

Mike Milosh, known professionally as Milosh, is a Canadian producer, vocalist, songwriter, musician and classically trained cellist. He is known for his ability to combine live instrumentation with unique electronic production and his own signature vocal tone to create introspective, intimate, and romantic musical landscapes that defy easy categorization. Milosh released his debut album You Make Me Feel in 2004. The album’s unique mix of tender singer/songwriter music and intricate, down-tempo electronic production was widely praised .  His 2006 album, Meme, was followed by his third record iii in 2008.  2014 saw the release of a fourth album, Jetlag, on Milosh’s own label, Deadly.

Milosh is also widely known for his work as vocalist, producer and creative force (alongside Robin Hannibal) of Rhye.  Songs “Open” and “The Fall” and the sensual, mysterious visuals that accompanied them paved the way for the critical success of Rhye’s 2013 album Woman.  After touring around the world with Rhye for the last two years, Milosh is now working on new music.

American Ballet Theatre Dancer Bios:

Cory Stearns
Principal Dancer

Born on Long Island, New York, Cory Stearns began his classical training at the age of five with Seiskaya Ballet. At age 15, he participated in the Youth America Grand Prix and was offered a full scholarship to The Royal Ballet School in London.  Upon graduating with honors, he received, for the second year, the Dame Ruth Railton Award for excellence in dance.

Stearns joined American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in September 2004, the main Company as an apprentice in January 2005, and became a member of the corps de ballet the following year. He was appointed a Soloist in January 2009 and a Principal Dancer in January 2011.

Stearns performs leading roles in the Company’s full-length ballets; including Albrecht in Giselle, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Prince Désiré in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, and Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, in addition to other leading roles in repertory works.  He created the role of Mithridates in Of Love and Rage and roles in AFTERITE, A Time There Was, From Here On Out, Her Notes, I Feel The Earth Move, One of Three, Piano Concerto #1, and Private Light. He is the recipient of the 2009 Erik Bruhn Prize for best male dancer. 

Zimmi Coker
Corps de Ballet

Zimmi Coker was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in Manitou Springs, Colorado.  She began her ballet training with her mother, Michele Coker, at the age of 10 and continued at Classic Dance Academy in Denver.  At age 13, she won the Youth Grand Prix award at the YAGP Denver semi-finals.  She also placed first in the Denver Ballet Guild competition and won the Florence Ruston Medallion.  After attending  American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive for three years,  she then joined the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and, in 2014, represented the ABT JKO School at the Premio Roma Jia Ruskaja in Russia. 

Coker joined ABT Studio Company in September 2015 and received the Dizzy Feet Foundation’s Segerstrom Award that season. 

In November 2017, she joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice and became a member of the corps de ballet in June 2018.  Her repertoire with the Company includes Odalisque in Le Corsaire, Callirhoe’s Maid in Of Love and Rage, The Rose in The Seasons, and featured roles in Deuce Coupe, Dream within a Dream (deferred), and In the Upper Room. Coker created the role of Consort in A Gathering of Ghosts and a featured role in A Time There Was.

Courtney Lavine
Corps de Ballet

Courtney Lavine was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Fairfax, Virginia.  At the age of eight, she began her classical ballet training under Troy Brown.  In 2001, she won the Youth America Grand Prix Regional Hope Award.  At the YAGP New York City Finals that same year, she won a full scholarship to the Kirov Institute in Washington, D.C.  She also received the Virginia Johnson Scholarship from The Washington School of Ballet and began her studies there in 2001.  

From 2001-2005, Lavine studied on scholarship at The School of American Ballet (SAB) and San Francisco Ballet Summer Intensive programs.  From 2005-2007, she studied full time at SAB under an honorary merit scholarship.  

Lavine joined American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in 2008, then  as an apprentice in February 2010 and the corps de ballet in August that same year.  Her repertory with ABT includes the Nanny, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and one of the Nutcracker’s Sisters in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Hail in The Seasons, the Fairy Fleur de Farine, the Silver Fairy, and Cinderella in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, Spanish Dance in Swan Lake, and featured roles in AfterEffect, Deuce Coupe, and Songs of Bukovina.

Jose Sebastian
Corps de Ballet

Jose Sebastian, a native of New York City, started his dance training at the age of eight at the School of American Ballet and continued training there for nearly ten years. He received additional training at Studio Maestro and with Fabrice Herrault and Olga Kostritzky.

Sebastian joined ABT Studio Company in 2006 and American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in January 2009.  He became a member of the corps de ballet in January 2010.  His repertoire with the Company includes the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, the Spanish Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, a Fairy Cavalier and the English Prince in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, von Rothbart and the Spanish Dance in Swan Lake, Jaseion in Sylvia, leading roles in AFTERITE, Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, Thirteen Diversions, A Time There Was, and featured roles in Company B, Deuce Coupe, Dream within a Dream (deferred), Private Light, Raymonda Divertissements, Sinfonietta, and Songs of Bukovina.  He created roles in the first production of Aftereffect (2013) and the new production of AfterEffect (2015).

In 2020, Sebastian created the short film “Sillage” for Moving Stories: An ABT Film Festival.  In October of 2020, Sebastian was appointed director of ABT Incubator, the Company’s choreographic workshop program.

Ingrid Thoms
Corps de Ballet

Ingrid Thoms began her training at the Kintz Mejia Academy of Ballet in her hometown of McLean, Virginia.  She continued her ballet training at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida from 2013-2016.  In September 2016, she began studying at the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School under the direction of Cynthia Harvey.  Thoms has attended summer programs at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, Harid Conservatory, Ellison Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre in New York City. 

Thoms joined ABT Studio Company in September 2017, the main Company as an apprentice in December 2018, and became a member of the corps de ballet in June 2019.

Joseph Markey
Apprentice

Joseph Markey, originally from Jacksonville, Florida, began his training at Debbie’s Dance Company under the direction of Debra Ford.  There, he worked with artists such as jazz musician Donald Byrd, choreographer Francesca Harper, tap dancer Anthony Morigerato, and choreographer Dwight Rhoden.  In 2017, Markey moved to Orlando, Florida and became a trainee with Orlando Ballet School.  He joined American Ballet Theatre Studio Company the following year.  

Markey attended summer programs at Ballet West, Orlando Ballet, Next Generation Ballet, Art of Movement, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet.  He won a silver medal as a YoungArts finalist in 2017, a bronze medal at the USA International Ballet Competition Jackson in 2018, and first place at Youth America Grand Prix Tampa semi-finals in 2018.  

Markey became an apprentice with American Ballet Theatre in December 2019.


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What Becomes of Love? – Sonya Tayeh, Rhye, American Ballet Theatre