Salt Lake, a New Ballet
By Vicky Virgin

Salt becomes a metaphor for desire in Vicky Virgin's new dance theater piece, Salt Lake, a New Ballet in 3 Acts. Selections from this work were first presented by The Salt Queen Foundation in the Hamptons. We are now happy to announce that this piece on August 28 and 29, 2007 will premiere in SOHO at HERE Arts Center as part of The American Living Room -an off-Broadway- located at 145 6th Avenue (between Spring and Broome)

Virgin experiments with the structure and form of story ballets to create her own version of a ballet. Act II, the classical ballet section, is book-ended by the first and the third acts which are in the genre of performance art/theater. She experiments with classical ballet technique as well, and forges traditional ballet vocabulary into a unique language that tells her story.
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Following a career as a professional ballet dancer, Vicky Virgin has been creating dance-based performances for ten years. Virginís work has evolved from solo dance to multi-media performance that includes text, props, film, bagpipes, and other performers. Although theatrical in the sense that they create an atmosphere and characters, Virginís pieces are neither literal nor narrative. She is intrigued by the interplay of form and content and the resulting challenge of how to organically integrate movement with other theatrical elements. Her work is influenced by conceptual art and ventures across many boundaries. Stylistically, her work has been described as having weight, but with a fun and wacky spin.

Virgin has presented her work in many New York venues such as the Dixon Place, Mulberry Street Theater, Chashama, Joyce SoHo, BAAD, WAX, 92nd Street Y and Construction Company. She has also been presented by Dancenow/NYC, The Salt Queen Foundation in Southampton, New Dance Alliance at University Settlement and The Phantom Theater in Mad River, Vermont.

Her performing background is rich and varied. As a ballet dancer she danced in the companies of Ballet de Montreal, New York Theatre, St. Louis Ballet and the D.C. City Ballet. She was a member of the experimental theater groups, Cannon Company of New York and Impossible Theater of Baltimore. Other dancing and performing experience includes everything from opera (Noahs Ark) to folk dance, film and video. She holds a bachelorís degree in economics and works part-time for the City of New York as a demographic analyst. Vicky Virgin lives in New York with her husband and nine year old son.

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