The Crossword Ballet was created in order to express through innovative dance and story telling the ideas of the feminine heroic journey and the individuation process.
It explores and combines the core elements of seemingly opposing movement vocabularies, ballet and Wu-Shu in an attempt to create a unique movement vocabulary and a new unconventional heroine, the warrior ballerina.
She is here to embody qualities that have been forgotten, truths that have been refused, stories untold. Combining strength, stamina with elegance and beauty her story will give new perspectiveon how we see female ballet dancers. In the mythological world we created, our heroine is aballerina who is undergoing an extraordinary journey of self exploration and self transformationand we are hoping to portray artistically the infinite strengths of the feminine.
To capture timeless and eternal inner realities that define humanity and depict them through
compelling / imaginative dance performances.
To create a new dance style and captivating dance performances that will inspire our audience to
reconnect with their heroic journey and to enliven their personal myths.
To give to mythology and fairy tales their rightful place. We believe that myths and fairy tales have
been abused by the entertainment industry, striped off their original meaning and misunderstood as
wild, or old fashioned instead of soulful and wise.
To investigate with honesty the masculine and feminine archetype and how it manifests in men and women.
Michelle is an American dancer who has had the opportunity to perform in the UK and abroad. Since 2007 she has worked with Julia Gleich of Gleich Dances performing in London and New York City in leading roles for such works as Speak Easy Secrets and Martha: The Searchers.
Michelle was an original cast member in the Sisters Grimm dance and music spectacle Voices of the Amazon, touring Moscow, Singapore and Sadler’s Wells, with choreography by Helen Pickett and narration by Jeremy Irons. Within this production she not only danced but performed aerial silks. She has also embarked on her own choreographic journey as the Movement Director of Rogue Opera, having choreographed their productions of Carmen and Don Giovanni.
In the Spring of 2019, Michelle also began working with Spontaneous Productions as the choreographer for Jonathan Kaufman’s new play, Eye of Day: The Mata Hari Story.
Holding film credits, costume commissions, and modelling experience, Michelle has also had the opportunity to sing in productions under the direction of Peter Knapp and his orchestra. In the Autumn of 2019, Michelle will begin her first season with Chantry Dance Company in ALICE: Wonderland Through The Looking Glass, touring the UK.
Every major dance and ballet company has private sponsors in order to thrive. With cuts in the art
sector, private donations are a prerequisite of all art organisations in order to continue their work.
Since we are in the early stages any donation is very valuable and could contribute towards a
successful future for our dance company
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
We need to raise money for rehearsal space (£25/ hour), dancers (£450/ week), hiring equipment
and collaborating with other artists. Your support is vital in continuing our work and bring to a wider audience some new concepts about ballet.
Point shoes (£75/ pair) are essential to our work! You can contribute to ensure the dancers are
wearing the right shoes.
In our current society companies and art organisation can mutually benefit from a collaboration.
We could offer our artistic input, experience and creativity to many business organisations or