Congratulations to 2017 VISIONS Winner Mariana Oliveira

 Mariana Oliveira

Mariana’s winning piece, Stabat Mater, won the combined tally of the judges and the audience at the March 3rd competition held at the Walton Arts Center Starr Theater. The completed work will be fully produced and featured in a future Ballet Arkansas main stage rep show.

Mariana Oliveira is the Choreographer and Artistic Director of The Union Project Dance Company. Originally from Brazil, she studied at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, and was a trainee dancer at the National Dance Company of Wales.

Don’t Miss the 2016 VISIONS Winning Piece this Spring at The Rep

You can see Jimmy Orrante’s fully produced version of his winning choreography, Luminous, in Ballet Arkansas’ spring production, April 21 – 23, 2017, at The Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

Set to the music of American composer, Don Gillis, this whimsical piece was a favorite of the expert judges and the audience at last August’s Visions competition and is both athletic and charming in its movement style.

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*Photo Credit: Chris Cranford

What is VISIONS: A Choreographic Competition?

VisionsVISIONS began as the vision of Ballet Arkansas’ Artistic Director, Michael Bearden, who wanted to create an event to give choreographers the opportunity to have their works seen and appreciated by Arkansas audiences and the dance community.

Emerging choreographers from around the country compete for four spots in the competition. The winner receives a commission to expand their new work for the Ballet Arkansas company to perform in a future mixed repertory production.

A week before the VISIONS Competition, the choreographers draft their cast of dancers and have 5 days to set their choreography on their cast. The night of the competition, the resulting works of choreography are performed for 4 judges – 3 of those judges are professionals in the local and national dance community, with the audience counting as the 4th judge.

The finale of the competition is the announcement of the VISIONS Winner, who receives a contract with Ballet Arkansas to expand the choreography and have it fully produced for public performance in a future Ballet Arkansas mixed repertory show.