Saturday, October 8, 2011

Chris Bordenave 'keeps it fluffy' in preparation for the Bacchae

Christopher Bordenave, a native of Los Angeles, CA, began his early dance training under master teachers Lula Washington, Karen McDonald, and Debbie Allen. He has studied and received training on scholarship with American Ballet Theatre, the Ailey School, Springboard Dans Montreal, and the Dance Theater of Harlem. Christopher has danced and performed works by Nacho Duato, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Zhukov Dance Theater, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. He also holds a BFA from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet/Dominican University BFA program as a member of the Inaugural Class.

To see Chris live, go to Morphoses performance of the Bacchae at the Joyce- October 24-30th, 2011. Or to see Chris in 2-d go here. 

What style of dance do you prefer and why?
  • I am a child of contemporary dance.  Everything happening tomorrow or the next day is where I find myself.

Who have you worked with in the past?
  • I have worked with Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, Nacho Duato, Alonzo King, and Yuri Zhukov both as student and professionally.

Who do you aspire to work with in the future?
  • Geniuses…mad scientists…astronomers.

Being a freelance dancer, how do you earn your living, ie: do you have side jobs or skills you utilize for income?
  • I have been blessed to maintain myself solely as a dancer.

Have you attended college or another kind of training? What/where?
  • Upon graduating from high school in 2006, I attended SUNY Purchase for a semester. I transferred to The Ailey School's Fellowship Program for a year while taking online classes through a community college, and then graduated from LINES Ballet/Dominican University in 2010 with a BFA in dance.

What is the most challenging thing about your career?
  • Saying goodbye.

What do you feel and think when you’re on stage?
  • Every emotion all at once continuously until I'm in the dressing room.

What is the most valuable advice you have received from a teacher or mentor?
  • "Stay fluffy."

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