Choreographers Spotlight Series

Choreographers Spotlight Series

Friday, August 13, 2021 | 7pm
North Carolina Museum of Art Joseph M. Bryan, Jr. Theater in Museum Park

Choreographers Spotlight Series sponsored by Carolina Ballet and made possible by the generous gift from Vera Tayeh.

This joint venture was proposed to Carolina Ballet Artistic Director Zalman Raffael by Moses T. Alexander Greene, North Carolina Museum of Art’s Director of Performing Arts & Film during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have created a mechanism to activate dance onto the stage of the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr. Theater in Museum Park. This year’s spotlight will feature original works choreographed by Amy Hall Garner and Darius Barnes. * Audio content includes mature vocabulary.

Tickets are $15 General Admission and will be available for purchase through the North Carolina Museum of Art beginning July 23rd at 10am with all proceeds going through NCMA to continue funding performing arts in the area.

Both entities are grateful to serve our community through this series that will enhance, enrich and elevate the lives of the people who live here. Please join us for this premiere performance that will hopefully become an uplifting series that will serve the North Carolina
community for many years to come.


Curating Director

As Curating Director, Richard Glover will aid in Carolina Ballet’s search to expand our choreographic reach by seeking outstanding choreographers from around the country in hopes to make the Choreographers Spotlight Series a special part of each season.

Richard Glover

Richard Glover is from Brooklyn, NY, where he began his training at the Brooklyn Music School. He then went on to study at Dance Theatre of Harlem, followed by The School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center, both on full scholarship. Mr. Glover began his professional career at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater dancing in The Four Temperaments, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Serenade. He danced with Colorado Ballet in Denver, performing in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Giselle, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dracula, and a world premiere by choreographer Rennie Harris. Richard also danced with several companies in London, including performances at English National Ballet and The Royal Opera House. He also appeared in a music video for music artist Asgeir, choreographed by Celia Rowlson-Hall. Along with freelance performing, Richard teaches, coaches and choreographs at various schools and companies including Mark Morris, Martha Graham and Juilliard.  Richard recently served as Ballet Master and Company Manager at Brooklyn Ballet and is currently the Director of Programs at DanceLab NY.


Amy Hall Garner

Amy Hall Garner is a native of Huntsville, Alabama, and a graduate of The Juilliard School. Her work has been praised internationally and commissioned by Ailey II, ABT Studio Company, Collage Dance Collective, The Juilliard School, The Ailey School, Barnard College, The University of the Arts, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Point Park University, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Recently, she has received virtual commissions from BalletX, Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process Digital Series, ABT Studio Company, Boulder Ballet and a virtual collaboration between Miami City Ballet and Paul Taylor American Modern Dance. She personally coached Grammy Award winner Beyoncé, providing additional choreography for The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Theatrical choreography credits include: The Color Purple (Milwaukee Repertory Theater) and Invisible Thread, associate choreographer (Second Stage Theater, NYC). In 2018, she was selected to participate in Alvin Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab supported by the Ford Foundation. Garner was one of the first recipients of the Joffrey Ballet’s Choreography of Color Award (now titled Winning Works). She is an adjunct professor at New York University’s New Studio on Broadway at Tisch School of the Arts. Currently, Ms. Garner is a Virginia B. Toulmin Fellow at The Center for Ballet and the Arts.

Darius Barnes

Darius Barnes is a dancer, actor & choreographer who most recently produced, directed, choreographed and edited the inaugural ANTONYO Awards in honor of Juneteenth and in collaboration with Broadway Black & the Black Theatre Society. His career began dancing with the New York City Ballet. He has also danced with the Metropolitan Opera (Aida), Suzanne Farrell Ballet and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. As an actor, his six Broadway credits include: Mean Girls and Kiss Me Kate. His Off-Broadway credits include: The Black Clown (Lincoln Center); Sweet Charity (The New Group), and Cabin in the Sky (Encores!). On TV, he’s been featured on Katy Keene (CW); 2019 New Year’s Eve with John Legend, SMASH (NBC); Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Tony Awards (CBS); and Estelle’s (Grammy winner) “Conqueror” music video. Darius began choreographing by participating in the New York Choreographic Institute and created a work on the New York City Ballet for the Institute’s 10th anniversary. He is currently the Associate choreographer of the new musical, Kimberley Akimbo coming this fall to the Atlantic Theater Company. He was the dance captain and Assistant choreographer on MJ: the musical developmental labs. He was the Associate choreographer of Broadway Bounty Hunter at Barrington Stage. Darius is on School of American Ballet’s Alumni Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. He has taught master classes for the Baltimore School for the Arts, The Broadway Collective, Broadway Dance Center, and Operation Triple Threat in Barbados. He is on the teaching staff and adjudication panel for MOVE(NYC).