07 May 2014



With the special participation of soloists from

New York City Ballet and Sofia Opera and Ballet

The Cultural Bridges Association in partnership with America for Bulgaria Foundation and the Sofia Opera and Ballet will present on 20, 21 and 22 June American Ballet for Bulgaria 2014. The cycle is entitled TOM GOLD DANCE”, and each of the performances includes five ballets: Apollo”, Gershwin Preludes”, Concertino”, Junk Duet” and La Plage”.

Three exceptionally strong seasons of the American Ballet for Bulgaria presented the creative work of the phenomenal choreographer of the XX century George Balanchine; the repeated bearer of “Tony” and “Oscar”, with career on Broadway – Jerome Robbins; and William Forsythe – the choreographer whose vision expanded and turned classical ballet into modern art. The fourth issue of the project includes in its selection one more indicative name in American and world choreography: Tom Gold (


Tom Gold is an internationally known dancer and choreographer – soloist of New York City Ballet in the last 21 years, performer of main roles in choreographies by Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and William Forsythe. In 1999 he founded his own dance company, “Tom Gold Dance”, with remarkable tours in France, Italy, Spain, the Islands of Bermuda, Israel and the USA.

Tom Gold will arrive in Sofia together with the star dancers from his company, among them Maria Kowroski – soloist and prima ballerina of New York City Ballet, Savannah Lowery – soloist of New York City Ballet and Stephen Hanna premier-soloist of New York City Ballet, well-known also for his participation in the spectacle “Billy Elliot on Broadway.


Apollo”, after music by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by George Balanchine, recreates the myth about Apollo and the three muses; it is an exciting cooperation between Tom Gold Dance and the primas of the Sofia Opera and Ballet.

Gershwin Preludes”, after music by George Gershwin and choreography by Tom Gold, transports the audience in the golden time of jazz with the means of expression of classical ballet. Two Bulgarian musicians (violin and piano) will contribute to the magic which the American and the Bulgarian artists will create together on the stage.

Concertino”, after music by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by Jerome Robbins,represents a modern ballet using neoclassical means of expression.

Junk Duet”, after music by Donald Knaack and choreography by Twyla Tharp,is a modern ballet in Tharp’s specific stylistic – a mixture of classical ballet and free movements. The title is inspired by the piano work of art “Junk Music” by Knaack.

La Plage”, after music by John Zorn and choreography by Tom Gold, is a work in neoclassical style, mixed with Gold’s choreography reading of Zorn’s music.