Meet choreographer Adam Hougland
Verb Ballets welcomes internationally acclaimed choreographer Adam Hougland in studio the week of September 18-22, 2017. Hougland’s works have been performed nation wide. He is recognized for his melding of modern and classical movement form. He graduated from The Juilliard School he performed with perform with The Limon Dance Company, Toronto Dance Theatre and The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. He has created original works for Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, The American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Introdans in the Netherlands, The Limon Dance Company, Cedar Lake Ensemble, The Washington Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Ballet X and Kansas City Ballet Festival. Hougland is the winner of the Princess Grace Award for Choreography and was one of Dance Magazine‘s “25 to Watch”.
Internationally acclaimed guest choreographer Adam Hougland will be setting his work Tear Us Apart originally commissioned by Kansas City Dance Festival Co-Artstic Director, Anthony Krutzkamp. Verb Ballets will be the first company to ever perform this work outside of the Kansas City Dance Festival. The contemporary work consist four movements that intertwine ballet, contemporary and pedestrian movement for a unique, and quirky style. Verb Ballets looks forward to showcasing this addition to our repertory during the 2017-18 season.
Be the first to witness the company performing his work at the Ballet UpClose studio showing on Friday, September 22nd at 7:00pm. Verb will not debut this work on stage until spring of 2018! Stay afterwards for a meet and greet reception with choreographer Adam Hougland and dancers.
Adam grew up in Dallas, Texas and studied visual arts and acting from an early age. At 14 he began his dance training at the Dallas Conservatory of Ballet and the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. In 1999 he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from The Juilliard School and then went on to perform with The Limon Dance Company, Toronto Dance Theatre and The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. While at Juilliard Adam choreographed his first group dance, Beyond, which won the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Choreography. This piece set his choreographic career in motion and was quickly taken into the repertoires of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Met Columbus and The Louisville Ballet. Adam has gone on to create original works for Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, The American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Introdans in the Netherlands, The Limon Dance Company, Cedar Lake Ensemble, The Washington Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Ballet X and The New York Choreographic Institute at New York CIty Ballet. He has created works for internationally recognized dancers such as Sofiane Sylve (San Francisco Ballet), Marcelo Gomes (American Ballet Theater) and Wendy Whelan. In 2006 he created a world premiere for Juilliard’s Centennial Celebration that toured to Chicago and Los Angeles and was broadcast on the PBS ‘Live from Lincoln Center’ series. He has won The Princess Grace Award for Choreography, The Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography, was one of Pointe Magazines’ 10 VIP’s of 2006 and one Dance Magazine’s 25 to watch for 2011. Adam is the Principle Choreographer for The Louisville Ballet and has created nine critically acclaimed original works for the company including Petrouchka and Rite of Spring with special guest artist Wendy Whelan. He is Resident Choreographer for Cincinnati Ballet where he has created an evening-length Mozart’s Requiem and The Firebird. Adam lives in Bristol, England with his husband Ashley and their dog Liza.