Meet David Fernandez, Choreographer specialized in Contemporary and Modern, a Master Teacher, and an adoptive New Yorker. David will be teaching Contemporary classes, neo-Baroque and neoclassical movement, and creating unique choreographies throughout the Program.
My favorite challenge is to match composer’s logic with movement. It's a way of paying my respects to composers.
David’s most recent project, the original series New York Duets, started with a magnetic and technically challenging piece choreographed for Ask La Cour, Principal Dancer at New York City Ballet, and Lloyd Knight, principal dancer of Martha Graham Dance Company.
David’s specialty is combining distinct elements of Baroque dance movement with contemporary choreography. One of David's signature pieces, Five Variations on a Theme, was created for New York City Ballet's principal dancer Joaquin De Luz.
Choreographing to Bach is something I don't take lightly
If there ever was a visual definition of the musical term con brio, Joaquin dancing Five Variarions would be it. “I adore Bach and his intricate progressions and calculations,” says David. “When I started to unlock the structures of this piece, I was awestruck—almost shocked by the treasures I discovered. Treat the dancer as your guide into the miracle of Bach’s musical mind.”
Five Variations on a Theme was performed as part of the Kings of the Dance program, premiering in the Ukraine in November 2008. It was subsequently performed all over the world—NYC, LA, London, Paris, Rome, and Moscow, and remains one of Joaquin De Luz’s favorite pieces to perform. The work was praised by Carla Fracci.
David’s other notable commissions include pieces choreographed for leading dancers of the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, as well as the Kings of the Dance tour, Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, and Youth America Grand Prix Gala Concert.
“The drawing is based on the correlations between ideal human proportions and geometry described by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius, who believed the human figure was the principal source of architectural proportion,” says David. “Composer Karl Jenkins stole my heart with the first four measures of Palladio that I first heard in a [De Beers diaminds] TV ad.” David contacted the composer in London, where he resides, and got permission to use the music to create a choreography.
David is a skilled competition choreographer, known for creating works that emphasize students' strengths while meeting all of the judges' requirements.
In April 2015 Liam Boswell won the Youth America Grand Prix Gold Medal competing with La Primavera choreographed by David especially for the occasion. In 2014 David’s piece Under and Around created for Florrie Geller and performed at Youth America Grand Prix helped her win the first Gillian Murphy Endowed Scholarship.
"When I’m working with young dancers—whether setting a ballet or choreographing a solo for a competition—I focus on making the rehearsal period a positive experience. It is important that aspiring dancers enjoy rehearsal time, look forward to coming to the studio, and remain excited about the performance."
Another David's trademark piece, the 14 minute long White Shirt, Black Tie, Black Pants is choreographed to J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #5 in D Allegro. In April 2014 White Shirt, Black Tie, Black Pants—XXS was performed in New York City at the Some Dance Company—Encore! Benefit for Career Transition for Dancers. In 2014, David’s choreography to Bach Cantatas premiered at Manhattan’s Saint Peter’s Church accompanied by a live chorus and magnificent live organ.
When David isn’t choreographing creating new works for Ballet Hispanico or Brooklyn Ballet, or searching for new music and sources of inspiration, he teaches and experiments with new movements at several NYC and CT schools. He spends his summers teaching ballet intensives at several classical ballet and contemporary companies in both the United States and Mexico.