Danita Emma, artistic director of Syracuse University Summer Dance Intensive, has been invited to work with the National Opera and Ballet Company of Bulgaria in April. She will be assistant choreographer and coach to a new work, “Scriabin Quintet,” performed by a mixed cast of principal dancers from the National Opera and Ballet and Bulgarian dancers based in the United States.
The piece was choreographed by Momchil Mladenov, who works as assistant director to Emma at the SU summer dance program. Also on the program will be Balanchine’s, “La Source,” set by Diana White from the Balanchine Trust, and “Scheherazade,” choreographed by Kathryn Posin, who has also worked at the SU summer dance program. The performances are slated for April at the National Opera House in Sofia. Emma will teach company classes during her visit to Bulgaria.
Emma has also been invited to teach at the National School of Dance Art, established 55 years ago as a first ballet and dance performers school in Bulgaria. The school is the biggest dance center on the Balkan Peninsula.