ELLEN SINOPOLI founded the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company in 1991, after settling in the Capital Region from Boston and New York City. The Company is the resident company at The Egg Center for the Performing Arts in Albany, NY.
As the Artistic Director of ESDC, Sinopoli has choreographed over 70 new works and has received choreographic commissions from The Arts Center of the Capital Region, The Egg, Olana Partnership, St. Cecilia Orchestra, Saratoga City Ballet, Schenectady Museum and Union College. Collaborations have always been an integral part of her choreographic vision. Whether through chance encounters or direct solicitation by other artists, Sinopoli has had the honor to work with over 25 artists from a variety of genres including mixed media, spoken word, music composition, sculpture and architectural design. Her dance continues to be driven by the extraordinary artistic energies and talents of such artists. The seeds for her dances come from an infinite source of inspiration.
“Whether it is a driving synamic of two time Grammy nominee Dave Douglas, Willie Marlow's fabulously chromatic paintings, a photography book of stunningly carved seats from Africa, the haunting story behind the movie, The Secret of the Roan Inish, the stunning performance of violinist Cornelius Dufallo, the cloth paintings on the studio walls of the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center or the brilliant imagination of architectural designer Frances Bronet, the embryonic seeds are always there – just as long as I keep my eyes open and my body aware”.
Her artistic support base includes a group of truly dedicated and talented dancers who continually expand and explore her choreography, putting their entire beings into the moment. Photographer Gary Gold has consistently captured the visceral energy and line of her dancers from the very beginning. And her costume designer Kim Vanyo can, by watching the dances even in their rudimentary stages, intuitively create costumes whose design wraps itself around Sinopoli’s work.
Beyond her role as artistic director and choreographer, Ellen is also noted for her talents as a master teacher and for her efforts to educate young people about dance. She is on the teaching faculties of Russell Sage College and has taught at Siena College, Skidmore College, Union College, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Saratoga City Ballet and Guilderland Ballet, among others.
Ellen was one of the 100 “Women of Excellence” honored by the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2000. She also was a recipient of the 2000 Arts Awards from the Albany/Schenectady League of Arts in the Capital Region of New York State. In 2002, she received the “Educator of Excellence” award from WTEN, an affiliate of ABC. She most recenlty appeared on "Schenectady Today" and WMHT's Local Artist interviews for PBS' Fall Arts Festival and WMHT's "Our Town Troy".
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