Meet the Choreographers

The Genesis Competition has become a hotly anticipated biennial production for both choreographers and audiences alike. Attracting entrants from around the world, Milwaukee Ballet ensures the finalists are given the Company’s tools and resources to execute their vision. This is a highly coveted chance for emerging choreographers to make a leap forward in their young careers.

The 2022 Competition will feature three talented choreographers who bring unique perspectives and backgrounds to our stage.

  • Nadine Barton

    Nadine Barton was born in California and raised in Miami, Florida. She began her classical ballet training with Orlando Ballet and went on to study at Artistic Dance Center of Doral in Miami, Miami City Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Sarasota Ballet and Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami as a guest soloist. She then danced professionally with the Alabama Ballet for five years, and is now in her third season with the Charlotte Ballet.  

    As Barton continues her career as a performing artist, she holds a great deal of her  creative energy and strength for her work as an emerging choreographer. Barton premiered WATTS,  commissioned new work on the Alabama Ballet, for their Ovation 2018-19 season. In the summer of 2018, she was one of 60 dancers chosen worldwide to take part in Netherlands Dans Theater’s Summer Intensive in Den Haag. It was there that Barton established her desire to surround herself with more elements of contemporary and dance theatre along with her ballet upbringing.

    Barton’s choreography has also been seen at Alabama Dance festival, Eastlake Artist Festival to involve the public with the arts, and recently in Charlotte Ballet’s Innovative Works: Direct from the Lab last May.  Within this production, Nadine premiered her most recent work People of Tomorrow. This piece brought an eerie yet comedic atmosphere to an original storyline that follows a mad scientist and his take on a human experiment. Barton explores abstract ways to story-telling. It is her deepest desire to create new worlds in which the audience is challenged perspectively and emotionally.

    Invited by Wes Chapman, Alabama School of Fine Arts has done two works by her. One of the pieces, The Job, was brought back twice by popular demand.  Another new work titled  Porcelain Smoke  was choreographed on AROVA Contemporary  Ballet as a result of winning the company’s 2017 Choreographic Showcase by public vote. In 2012, Barton became a finalist of the YoungArts organization, and since then has been invited to dance as a recognized alumni.  

    Apart from choreographing and dancing professionally, Barton enjoys teaching many styles of dance to all ages and coaches pre-professional students. This past year within quarantine, she ventured into dance film creating Face It, a short film she directed, performed in, and choreographed in collaboration with dancers of the Charlotte Ballet. The film displays moments of injustice and rejection, such as bullying, and segregation in gender, race, and sexual preferences while highlighting colors of the progressive pride flag.

    Barton is looking forward to upcoming performances with the Charlotte Ballet, as well as music collaborations and opportunities to create more dance films. 

  • DaYoung Jung

    DaYoung Jung is a principal dancer with Oklahoma City Ballet. Born in South Korea, Jung trained at Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy where she graduated with honors and a Specialist degree in Ballet Pedagogy. 

    Jung’s repertoire includes Robert Mills’ The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Beauty and the Beast, Firebird, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Little Mermaid.  She has performed the title roles in ballet such as Giselle, Jacob Sparso’s Cinderella, Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland), and August Bournonville’s La Sylphide. Jung has additionally performed lead roles in Toni Pimble’s Mowgli – The Jungle Book Ballet, Paul Vasterling’s Peter Pan and Michael Pink’s Dracula. 

    Jung has been featured in George Balanchine’s Rubies and Serenade, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, Robert Joffrey’s Pas des Déesses, Ma Cong’s Forgotten Memories, Sarah Tallman’s If These Walls Could Talk, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, and Cayetano Soto’s Adam. 

    As a choreographer, her most recent work Dissipation with Oklahoma City Ballet was presented at The Five Moons Dance Festival in August 2021. 

  • Price Suddarth

    Price Suddarth is an American Choreographer/Dancer currently based in Seattle, Washington.  Price began his dance education with the Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, followed by the School of American Ballet in New York City, and later on scholarship with the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Upon graduation, he joined the Pacific Northwest Ballet where he was promoted to the rank of Soloist in 2018.

    In 2011, Price was nominated for a Princess Grace Award in dance, and in 2012, he was chosen as one of Dance Magazines Top 25 to watch.   

    Since joining  Pacific Northwest  Ballet (PNB), Price has originated leading roles in works by choreographers Marco Goecke, Victor Quijada, and Twyla Tharp.  Additionally, he has performed featured and leading roles in works by William Forsythe, Crystal Pite, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Alejandro Cerrudo, Justin Peck, Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, Kent Stowell and George Balanchine.

    Price’s choreographic career began at the School of American Ballet’s student choreographic workshop in 2007.  From there he has created works for regional companies in various parts of the United States, including In June 2016, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet premiere of  limit[LESS].   

    He has also participated in PNB’s 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015  Next Step performances [formerly the Choreographers Showcase].  In 2012, Price was commissioned to create a ballet for the PNB School’s Annual School Performance. He has also been invited  to present his works at the 2012 Regional Dance America Gala, the 2014 Chop Shop: Bodies Of Work Contemporary Dance Festival, the 2015 Seattle International Dance Festival, as well as various showings at Seattle’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. 

    In November 2015, PNB premiered Price’s Signature, his first original mainstage work for the company which was revived in 2019.  In 2016 , Price was invited to take part in the autumn session of the New York Choreographic Institute where he created Holding Pattern. 

    In 2016, he created one of the first works made solely for Virtual Reality through a partnership between PNB and pioneering VR software company PIXVANA.  The VR film, Silent Resonance was featured at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival and noted as one of YouTube’s top videos of 2017.

    In August 2017, Price created a site specific work with the dancers of Seattle’s TheYC for PNB and The Seattle Art Museum’s sculptured dance. 

    Price has also created works for Kansas City Ballet, White Noise and  First Light for Tulsa Ballet. His recent piece for the University of Oklahoma’s School of Dance, Once Upon a Dream premiered online in November 2020. Most recently, Price has created dance for the screen for Kansas City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet as well as a new duet for Ballet Sun Valley in Summer 2021. 

Genesis.2022 | February 3-13

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