February 02, 2007
John Malashock, Artistic Director, Malashock Dance, 2-2-07
John Malashock is recognized as one of California’s most productive choreographers over the last 20 years. He brings his many year of experience in the dance and theatre field to his current endeavors as Artistic Director of Malashock Dance, where he has created nearly 60 original choreographic works. He founded Malashock Dance in 1988 after a distinguished performing career with Twyla Tharp Dance in New York.
John began his performing career with the Utah Repertory Dance Theatre, where he worked with such prominent choreographers as Lar Lubovitch, Anna Sokolow, Donald McKayle and Jennifer Muller. With the Tharp Company, John performed worldwide, was featured in numerous television specials (Dance in America, The Catherine Wheel, Twyla Tharp Scrapbook), appeared in the Academy Award winning Film Amadeus, and performed in benefit concerts with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Cynthia Gregory.
John has many collaborative credits to his name. He has choreographed for productions at the La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe Theatre and the San Diego Repertory Theater. He was commissioned by the San Diego Symphony to choreograph Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence and by the La Jolla Music Society to choreograph Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with Esa Pekka Salonen for SummerFest La Jolla. The San Diego Opera commissioned his choreography for its productions of Aida, their World Premiere production of Conquistador, and their new production of Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, which moved on to New York and San Francisco.
Malashock, a four-time EMMY Award winner, has garnered much attention for his media collaborations. John received Emmys for his choreography in the KPBS-TV produced specials of his works, Apologies from the Lower Deck and The Gypsy’s Wife. He collaborated with UCSD-TV on The Soul of Saturday Night and Love & Murder, for which he won additional EMMYs – and these production have gone on to air nationwide on PBS affiliate stations. His 2000 work, Blessings and Curses, received the San Diego Dance Alliance's Tommy Award for Outstanding Overall Production, as well as the KPBS Patte Award for Outstanding Dance Theatre.
John is also a respected teacher and leader within the dance community. He has taught numerous workshops and residencies with Malashock Dance, the Tharp Company and at major universities. He has served as a faculty member at the American Dance Festival, California State University Long Beach, and in Japan at the American Dance Festival/Tokyo. John is a fellow and affiliated artist of the Los Angeles– and Israel–based Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity. Most recently, he founded The Malashock Dance School at the Company’s new home – Dance Place San Diego at NTC Promenade, which he was instrumental in developing for the San Diego dance community.
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