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Welcome to the Advanced Dance Theater Group

of Beverly Hills High School

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poster2000Welcome to  Beverly Hills High School's renowned Advanced Dance Theater Group, "The Company 2000."

This strikingly beautiful and evocative poster/program cover features Elina Lerman and Alex Molayem. The great photos were done by Helene Steel. The gorgeous graphics were designed by company alumna Jennifer Logan.

The Company is among the most respected high school dance groups in the country. Former members of have gone on to dance in films, television, and music videos, as well as with such companies as Bella Lewitzky, Winifred Harris, Naomi Goldberg, and other major dance groups.

Gazing cautiously into the future, alumni Rachael Robbins choreographed "control.alt.delete" which explores the ramifications of people depending on computers to communicate. Robbins explains, "Computers are everywhere. I do not see them as a negative influence, I am just worried about their repercussions."

The Company also displayed futuristic technology in action with "Symbiotic" choreographed by junior Laura Karlin that included live techno music by Steve Mollit.

Respected pros Frit and Frat Fuller revisited the Company to choreograph a lively, fast-paced military-inspired piece exploring free expression vs. conformity.

Janet Roston , Artistic Director, produced two pieces with the full cast. The first, an Irish-inspired dance laden with twists and turns; the second is a sizzling Mambo extravaganza set in 1950's Havana. Making this dance, and the group, so remarkable is the impressive number of men. Roston says, "Beverly Hills High School has a unique tradition of men in concert. Many of these dancers have gone on to perform professionally."

Along with the guest and alumni choreographers the concert featured a wide variety of student dances. The choreographers included Elizabeth Drumea, Cherie Hwang, Oren Kashanian, Elina Lerman, Joie Mazor, Maya Melczer, Adam Sher, Warren Sroka, and Mike Wells.

The concert was held on campus in the K.L. Peters Auditorium, January 12, 13, 14, and 15.

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CONTENTS

Company Portraits

Dances/Photos

Guest Choreographers

Production Staff

Company Portraits by ALICE KUO

SeniorsJuniors
SophsDirectors


 
 

The DANCES

Photographed
by
Kerry Mazor  &  Barry Weiss

(Please click on the thumbnails for full-size photos)


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GO IT ALONE

Choreography:  Janet Roston
Music:  The Chieftains with The Corrs
Costumes:  Nirit Lechtman      Lifts Consultant:  Don Mirault
Dancers:  The Company 2000
Soloist:  Joie Mazor
Girlfriends:
Laura Karlin
Sarah Koplin
Carolina Gutierrez
Cherie Hwang


TO ILLUMINATE THE ILLUSION IS TO OBSCURE THE REALITY
Choreography:  Maya Melczer
Music:  Terry Riley
Dancers:
Carolina Gutierrez
Carter Klein
Cherie Hwang
Maya Melczer



 
 

INNATE CONFLICT
Choreographers:  Cherie Hwang and Joie Mazor
Music:  Ni Ten Ichi Ryu
Costumes:  Ben Mazor
Dancers: Cycloid  Chieftains: Cherie Hwang ,  Joie Mazor

Cycloids:                   Snipes:
Shirin Bakhshay        Alex Molayem
Roberta Berredo        Adam Scher
Oren Kashanian        Carolina Gutierrez
Carter Klein               Aaron Harvey
Sarah Koplin              Laura Karlin
Shelby Kraushaar       Noah Pivko
Elina Lerman              Mythili Prakash
Michael Wells



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LA FUERZA DE LA SEDUCCION
Choreography: Elizabeth Drumea
Music:  Astor Piazzolla
Dancers:  Elizabeth Drumea, Jesse Macht

In memory of my beloved father.


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OfF wHiTe
Choreography:  Adam Scher
Music:  Stevie Wonder, Anna Homler, 3 Legged Torso
Dancers:     Sanity:  Carter Klein, Mythili Prakash
Insanity:
Cherie Hwang        Joie Mazor
Laura Karlin           Maya Melczer
Oren Kashanian      Adam Scher
Sarah Koplin          Warren Sroka
Elina Lerman           Michael Wells


THROWINŪ IT DOWN 2000
Choreography:  Aaron Harvey
Music:  DMX
The A.P. Posse:
Roberta Berredo               Aaron Harvey
Elizabeth Drumea             Oren Kashanian
Cherie Hwang                  Jesse Macht
Joie Mazor                       Elina Lerman



 
 
 
 

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K. Mazor
 

HELL ST. AND 42ND.
Welcome to Hell St. and 42nd.
Here there are no rules
You do what WE say
All you cry babies go back home!
You wanna live? THEN FIGHT
The streets... our home.

Choreography:  Elina Lerman
Music:  Tricky
Dancers:  Street Family:             Upper East Side Boys:
Ice -  Elina Lerman                     William - Alex Molayem
Ruby  - Joie Mazor                     Brandon - Adam Scher
Tiny - Elizabeth Drumea             Laurence - Jesse Macht
Sam - Carolina Gutierrez
Kitty - Shirin Bakhshay
Trickster - Aaron Harvey



 
 

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      K. Mazor                    B. Weiss
 

STOMPIN
Choreography:  Frit and Frat Fuller
Music:  Bobby McFerren, Ray Charles
Costumes:  Kin Dance Company
Dancers:
Elizabeth Drumea             Jesse Macht
Adam Gerber                    Joie Mazor
Carolina Gutierrez            Alex Molayem
Aaron Harvey                   Noah Pivko
Oren Kashanian                Galit Prince
Sarah Koplin                     Adam Scher
Shelby Kraushaar             Warren Sroka
Elina Lerman                     Michael Wells



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Choreographer:  Rachael Robbins
Music:  Stuart Dempster, Phillip Glass, Orbital
Costumes:  Nirit Lechtman
Set Design:  Rachael Robbins
Dancers:
Elizabeth Drumea           Shelby Kraushaar
Mythilia Prakash            Elina Lerman
Laura Karlin                   Jesse Macht
Oren Kashanian             Joie Mazor
Sarah Koplin                  Alex Molayem

Special Thanks to Mike at the Beat for music editing.


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THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD
Once upon a time long, long ago, two men sat on the top of a hill waiting for  The Little Engine That Could.  The Little Engine That Could was an old-fashioned, beat-up train that had difficulty traveling long distances and chugging up steep hills. The  two men had been waiting for a long, long time...

Choreographed and Danced by:  Oren Kashanian and Michael Wells
Music:  Traditional African Spiritual, The Corporation



 
 
 

SOMNAMBULIST
Choreography:  Warren Sroka
Music:  Bob Dylan performed by the Dave Mathews Band
Dancers:
Roberta Berredo           Shelby Kraushaar
Sarah Koplin                 Joie Mazor
Elizabeth Drumea          Adam Scher
Oren Kashanian            Warren Sroka


MANIACAL
Choreographers:  Bradford Matthews-Robinson, Yasmeen Kwesi
Music:  Busta Rhymes
Assistant Choreographer:  Debi White
The A. P. Posse:
           Elizabeth Drumea           Aaron Harvey
           Joie Mazor                      Oren Kashanian
           Elina Lerman


Symbiotic
B. Weiss
 

SYMBIOTIC
Balance hanging between us, hold me
Or I will fall from you, yet
Underneath the world beckons,
No longer forced in your direction, but
Dancing free.
Choreographer:  Laura Karlin

TRIPOD
Music composed and performed by  Steve Molitz
Tripod #1:    Sarah Koplin, Mythili Prakash
Tripod #2: Shelby Kraushaar, Galit Prince
Freeforms:   Shirin Bakhshay
                    Carolina Gutierrez
                    Laura Karlin

UMBILICAL
Music: Jocelyn Montgomery, remixed by Steve Molitz
Duet:  Elizabeth Drumea, Maya Melczer
Freeforms:  As above with Dana Eli



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CUBANISSIMO
Havana, 1958
Choreography:  Janet Roston
Music:  Tito Puente
Costumes:  Nirit Lechtman
Mambo Consultant:  Michael Kuka

Afternoon at the Cantina Del Sol
Dancers:  Sarah Koplin and the men of The Company 2000
Evening at the Club Carribe
Dancers:  The Company 2000
Special Guests:
Adam Gerber                  Josh Farahnik
Jamin Purcell                  Matthew Roston
Marcus Toji                    Ryan Cooper



GUEST CHOREOGRAPHERS

Frit and Frat Fuller, Texas natives, are both graduates of Cal Arts where they have collectively earned their BFA and MFA degrees in dance choreography and dance performance.  They have been guest artists at numerous schools including UCLA, Cal State Northridge, Orange County High School of the Arts, and Glendale College.  The Fullers have worked under choreographers Donna Wood, Loretta Livingston, Karole Armitage, Sean Greene, and Ron Field.  They have choreographed numerous shows for Universal Studios and several television episodes.  Other credits include the Miss Teen America Pageant, APLA S.T.A.G.E. Benefit and žBerlin on BroadwayÓ at the Strand Theater in Minnesota.  Frit and Frat are the Artistic Directors of the acclaimed KIN Dance Company which has performed at the Inner-City Games, Occidental College, Ford Amphitheater, and Highways. They staged žEnemy Within KinÓ  for The Company Ž98.

ALUMNA CHOREOGRAPHER
Rachael Robbins received her BFA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach.  At CSULB she performed in works by Martha Graham, Lar Lubavitch, Janet Eiber, Jeff Slayton and Keith Johnson. In 1996 she received the Fine Art Affiliate Scholarship for her solo, žEnfold Me in Your WingsÓ.  She is currently a member of Naomi GoldbergŪs žLos Angeles Modern Dance and BalletÓ and is rehearsal assistant/choreographer for the Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble.  She also works professionally as a lighting designer and stage manager.  This is her second year as an alumni choreographer and third year as Assistant Artistic Director.  She hopes to continue to share her love of dance with BeverlyŪs very special group of dancers.  Rachael was a member of The Company Ž91, Ž92, Ž93.


ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Janet Roston has worked as a choreographer in a wide variety of media including numerous films, corporate shows, and commercials (including numerous spots for Disney).  Television credits include the NBC mini-series žSeduced by MadnessÓ starring Ann-Margret and Peter Coyote, žNed and StaceyÓ, žGeorgeÓ,  and žA League of Their OwnÓ.  Theater choreography includes žAvenue XÓ at the Odyssey Theater for which she received a  Drama-Logue Award , žA...My Name is AliceÓ at the Long Beach Center Theater, and žNite-Club ConfidentialÓ starring Scott Bakula which won an L.A. Weekly Award for outstanding musical production.  Janet produced and directed the instructional video žPrinciples of ChoreographyÓ which has won medals at the New York Film Festival,  Houston Film Festival, and Columbus Film Festival.  This past year she staged the National Tour of award-winning Nashville recording artists žLonestar.Ó She has directed the Advanced Dance Theater Group for 19 years.  She sends her warmest regards to all alumni of The Company.

SPECIAL THANKS
The Advanced Dance Parent Committee, BCBG, Century City Hospital, Fiona Karlin, Christine King, John Klein, Pam Kraushaar, Jennifer Logan, Photo Impact, Batia Prince, Pete Sayegh, Helene Steel, BHHS Performing Arts and Physical Education Departments.

The Company 2000 to attend the National High School Dance Festival

For the second time, the Advanced Dance Theater Group will attend the National High School Dance Festival held this year at California State University Long Beach,  March 9-12. This bi-annual event will feature master classes ranging from ballet, jazz, modern and ethnic dance to dance medicine and nutrition.  Auditions at the festival will give Company members an opportunity to receive scholarships from major university, conservatory dance programs and summer workshops.
After a competitive adjudication process The Company was selected to present three works in the NHSDFŪs Gala Concert. These dances are Rachael Robbins' "control.alt.delete" Yolanda-Edgell's "Just Kidding," and Elina Lerman's "Septic Affliction-Welcome to our Web" (the last two dances  originally performed by The Company '99)

PRODUCTION STAFF

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR..............................JANET ROSTON
ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR..............................RACHAEL ROBBINS, CHRISTY BOLINGBROKE
COMPANY MANAGER..............................HADAR SEYEGH
COSTUME MANAGER..............................RACHEL WEINSTEIN
ASSISTANT COSTUME MANAGER..............................VANESSA POSTIL
PUBLICITY MANAGER..............................SHEERA FRENKEL
ASSISTANT PUBLICITY MANAGER..............................SARAH MATINFAR
COMPANY TECHNICAL MANAGER..............................SABRINA STEEL
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT..............................LINDSAY TUCKER
COSTUME DESIGN..............................NIRIT LECHTMAN
LIGHTING DESIGN .............................. RACHAEL ROBBINS
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR  ..............................ANNIE TERRY
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER ..............................JASON COLOMBETTI
LIGHTING DIRECTOR ..............................JOSH DANESHGAR
LIGHT CREW/SET SHIFT CREW..............................  MANUEL ARTADI, LEIGH ESKOVITZ, JOSH GREENSPOON, KAREN SWAN
SOUND DIRECTORS..............................  MATT ELLIS, MICHAEL HAUSNER
FLY MASTER.............................. JON MILLER
FLY CREW..............................  EVAN BARQUIST, JON DANESHGAR, ARNOLD LESIN
PARENT COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON..............................  PAM KRAUSHAAR
POSTER AND PROGRAM COVER PHOTO..............................  HELENE STEEL
POSTER AND PROGRAM DESIGN ..............................JENNIFER LOGAN
ADVERTISING DIRECTOR ..............................CHRISTINE KING
CONCERT PROGRAM CO-ORDINATOR  ..............................FIONA KARLIN
AUDIO-VISUAL DIRECTOR  ..............................DAVE STILES

BEVERLY HILLS HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION
MR. BEN BUSHMAN  PRINCIPAL
MS. GAYLA RABIN  ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
MR. CHUCK KLOES  ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
MR. RICK MUNITZ  ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION
MR. KENNETH L. MOFFETT, Ed. D.   SUPERINTENDENT
MS. DIANE DAWSON  ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT
MR. WES STEWART  ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT

BOARD OF EDUCATION
DR. WILLIAM BRIEN  PRESIDENT
MS. ALISSA ROSTON  VICE-PRESIDENT
MR. BARRY BRUCKER  MEMBER
MR. GERALD LUNN  MEMBER
MRS. VIRGINIA MAAS  MEMBER


 

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