At age 24, dancer and choreographer Caleb Teicher already has accolades beyond his years. But this week, the Bessie Award–winning performer adds another impressive feat to his resumé: His company's Joyce Theater debut. Though tap is Teicher's focus, he masterfully combines everything from jazz to Lindy Hop to hip hop in his fresh, clever choreography.
We caught up with him for our "Spotlight" series:
Born in Alameda, California, Edward Hillyer trained at the San Francisco Ballet School and the National Academy of Arts, where his talent propelled him to a career as principal dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Known for his dramatic, dynamic style, rigorous work ethic and command of both classical and neoclassic styles, Hillyer was a sought-after soloist with major companies, including the Hamburg Ballet and New York's Lar Lubovitch Dance Company from the late '70s through the '80s. He was proclaimed Canada's "dancer of the year" in 1982.
Hillyer's choreography was noted for its clean lines, musicality and precision. Pour Brad, his 1983 choreographic tribute to his late brother, was well received, followed by Epreuve de Force, Reach of Children, Slow Down Old World, Le Corps Constellé, A Priori, Masquerade Suite, Voix de Disparition, De Profundis, culminating in his 1989 Descente de Croix, for which he was honored with the prestigious Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award.
Concurrent with work presented at premier dance companies throughout North America, Hillyer choreographed for opera and film. An enthusiastic and charismatic presence made him a teacher of choice for the l'École Supérieure de ballet du Québec, in open classes within Canada's professional dance community and abroad; as a master teacher with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens; and a guest ballet master with The National Ballet of Canada, Ballet Preljocaj, Nederlands Dans Theater and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, among others. Combining a love of travel and an irrepressible enthusiasm for his art, Hillyer particularly enjoyed working as ballet master and teacher for the Beijing Ballet and Ballet Philippines.
Edward is predeceased by his parents and his brother Brad. He is survived by two brothers, Cameron McLeod and Chris Hillyer. A celebration of Edward's life and work is planned for May in Montréal.
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Each year, Dance Magazine recognizes early-career dancers, choreographers and companies who are on the cusp of breaking out in our "25 to Watch" feature. Click through the list below to meet the rising stars who made our list, and find out why we're excited to see more from them in the coming year.
Adam Darius, American mime artist, dancer, choreographer and writer, died in Espoo, Finland, on December 3 at the age of 87.
Born in New York City in 1930, Darius began his dance training at 14, and studied ballet with many of the legendary Russian dancers of the era, including Anatole Oboukhov, George Goncharov and Olga Preobrajenska, as well contemporary dance with José Limón.
During the 1950s and 1960s, he danced and choreographed for numerous ballet and opera companies including Britain's International Ballet, Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Denmark's Scandinavian Ballet, the Israel National Opera and his own company the Israeli Ballet. Beginning in 1967, Darius moved away from ballet and focused on developing his own style of expressive dance and mime. In a performing career spanning seven decades, he went on to appear in over 88 countries across six continents. He also directed and/or choreographed dozens of dance and physical theatre productions across the world. His most famous ballet was The Anne Frank Ballet. He was the only choreographer ever to be given permission by Otto Frank, Anne Frank's father, to stage a ballet based on his daughter's life, during his lifetime.
Darius was known as an inspiring teacher who impacted generations of dancers and other performing artists across the world. Since 1978, he co-founded and taught at the MimeCentre, continuing to teach and coach subsequently in Finland as well as at master classes across the world. In Britain, he taught, among others, mime artist, dancer and director Kazimir Kolesnik, rock star Kate Bush, Hollywood film star Kate Beckinsale and West End principal Warren Mitchell.
Darius was also a prolific writer, whose work included 19 published books ranging from theater textbooks and autobiography to novels and poetry. Since 1994, he lived in Finland, continuing to appear across the world with Kazimir Kolesnik, his longtime performing partner. Their final appearance was in Kosovo in October 2016, after which he retired from the stage.
Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie has a thing for breaking boundaries. A trained ballet dancer, Asherie fell in love with hip hop in college and soon became one of the most talked-about b-girls on the scene. Today, she brings house and breaking to concert stages with her celebrated choreography, and continues to cross genres as a dancer in works by artists like Michelle Dorrance.
We caught up with her for our "Spotlight" series: