James Sofranko, artistic director for Grand Rapids Ballet, said for
the company's 50th anniversary, he chose to highlight GVSU and other
local organizations in the annual Jumpstart program, which is made up
of all new works created by the Ballet's dancers.
This year, one of the dancers/choreographers, Emily Reed, worked
with Goldstein's students to create a moving landscape that will then
be projected on the backdrop of the stage while the dance is
happening, creating a living scene for the dancers to inhabit,
"I’m very proud of the work that Grand Rapids Ballet does, not
only in presenting world-class ballet every year, but also throughout
the community, and one of our partners through the years helping us
create art and beauty for the city of Grand Rapids has been Grand
Valley State University," Sofranko said.
"Because all of the works in Jumpstart are brand new, I am
always very excited to see what the final product will be on the
stage, but I am even more interested this year to witness the
collaboration between GVSU students and our professional dancers."
Goldstein said the goal of the animation work done by the students is
to convey the emotion of the dancers in hopes of reaching on stage
"a symbiotic relationship."
"When doing animation or any sort of projection for a
performance, you don’t want to take away from the performance, you
want to enhance the performance," Goldstein said. "There is
a seamless effect that we want to create with the animation; you want
it to seem like it belongs."