Awards and Encores
17, Friday, 19:00, Rodina, Small Hall
Program R11: Dancer's Corner: New
York City Ballet Prima Jock Soto
Flowing Together (77 min, 2007, USA)
dir. Gwendolen Cates
intimate portrait of one of the most recognized and influential
modern ballet dancers. Jock Soto, who is Navajo Indian and
Puerto Rican as well as gay, retired in June 2005 from the
New York City Ballet after a 24-year career of physically
demanding excellence with the company. The film is about a
great artist but also about the complexities of the man, about
identity, heritage, transition and family, a fascinating and
unique story accessible to a broad audience.
is an award-winning photographer, author and filmmaker. Her
first film, Water Flowing Together, has received 5 awards
and is airing nationally in the U.S. on PBS Independent Lens.
She is the author and photographer of Indian Country (Grove
Press 2001), which was reviewed as one of the top ten illustrated
books of the year by USA Today, and received other critical
accolades including being featured on Oprah. Over the course
of Cates’s 20-year career her photographs have been
published as covers and features in major publications such
as PARADE, Men’s Journal, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair,
GQ, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, Time, and People.
She has photographed innumerable celebrities and public figures,
including George Clooney, Oprah, Sheryl Crow, Halle Berry,
Bruce Willis, Robin Williams, Bill Murray, Madeleine Albright,
and Colin Powell.
who is half Navajo Indian and half Puerto Rican, was born
in Gallup, New Mexico in 1965 and raised in Phoenix, Arizona.
At the age of five, he began studying ballet with the local
teachers after seeing a television special featuring Edward
Villella in the “Rubies” section of George Balanchine’s
JEWELS. Soto continued his studies at the School of American
Ballet beginning in 1977. In 1981, at age 16, he became a
member of the New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet,
one of the last dancers personally selected by George Balanchine.
In June 1984, he was promoted to the rank of Soloist, and
one year later he was named Principal.
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