Founder and Director
Susana B. Williams (Photo by Carlos Arriola)
Susana B. Williams is the founder/director of DANCE-FORMS PRODUCTIONS, and the creator of "DANCEFORMS' INTERNATIONAL CHOREOGRAPHERS' SHOWCASE," a branch of Dance-Forms Productions, which presents the original works of distinguished and emerging choreographers at prestigious international events.
On May 5, 2003, Mrs. Williams received the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky for her work as ambassador of good will and fellowship around the world, as well as for her contributions to Kentucky and her special achievements in the art of dance and choreography.
Mrs. Williams is one of a selected group chosen from the United States to serve on the Nijinsky Awards 2002 Experts Commitee. The Nijinsky Awards Gala, officiated by her Royal Highness Caroline Princess of Hanover was held at Salle des Princes, Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, Monaco on December 14, 2002.
William Forsythe, Director Frankfurt Ballet, received the Nijinsky Award for best choreographer of 2001.
Choreographer Emio Greco and Susana B. Williams. Emio Greco was nominated best emerging choreographer of 2001. Evening of the Nijinsky Awards 2002.
A contributing writer for Revista Danza: www.danzarevista.com Mrs. Williams also enjoys a professional membership with the International Dance Council (CID) based in Paris, France.
Susana B. Williams graduated with honors from the National School of Dance of Guatemala. She received scholarships with the School of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the National Ballet of México, and with Nina Vyroubova School of Dance in Paris, France.
Mrs. Williams received her BA in Dance Direction from the Superior School of Arts of the University of San Carlos in Guatemala and degrees in Arts and Education from the English American School of Guatemala, the University of Paris in France, and Farber und Form Experimental School in Zurich, Switzerland.
She began instructing dance in 1968. Her teaching includes Classical Ballet, Modern Dance, Modern Jazz, Ethnic Dance, Dance Theater, Improvisation, Choreography, Movement Analysis and Creative Process, History of Dance, Dance Administration, Languages.
Mrs. Williams performs and instructs regularly in schools all around Kentucky. She has created dance programs and dance projects for The Kentucky Institute for Arts in Education, The Arts in Education Department, the University of Louisville.
Internationally, she instructed at the University of Veracruz in Xalapa, México, as well as professional dance schools in Guatemala, El Salvador, Switzerland, Lithuania.
As a professional dancer she performed with dance companies in Central America, México, Canada, the United States, and France. Mrs. Williams held the Artistic Directorship of the National School of Dance of San Salvador, El Salvador, Modern and Folklore Dance Company of Guatemala, Primogénesis, Classical Ballet of El Salvador, and Thought-Forms Dance Company.
As a choreographer she is interested in movement invention and in exploring and expressing consciousness through dance. She perceives dance as a catalyst for self expression and also as a unique system, expressing its own intrinsic being. Mrs. Williams is one of the finalist choreographers awarded at the 1993, 7th Saitama International Choreography Competition in Japan.
She is a recipient of the 1988-89 Kentucky's Al Smith Fellowship for Choreography and the first choreographer receiving the Individual Artist Professional Development Award from the same organization. Mrs. Williams' choreography has been produced by national dance companies in Central America, arts festivals in the United States, México, France, Japan, Lithuania.
With 'Thought-Forms' she presented her work in more than 1,000 professional presentations including performances at The Kentucky Center in Louisville, Kentucky, Theatre de la Danse Golovine in Avignon, France, Centre de Danse du Marais and Le Regard du Cygne in Paris, France, Centro Cultural "Miguel Angel Asturias" in Guatemala City, Teatro de la Danza of the Fine Arts Institute in México City, the Vienna Weeks Festival in Vienna, Austria, the Youth Theater in Vilnius, and the Drama Theater in Kaunas, Lithuania, Proyecto Cultural El Sitio in Antigua, Guatemala, Teatro del Estado in Xalapa, Veracruz, México, Schouwburg Amstelveen in Amstelveen, Holland, The International Dance Fair NRW 2000 in Essen, Germany, the Monaco Danses Dances Forum in Monte Carlo, Monaco, Teatro Pedro Díaz in Córdoba and Teatro Netzahualcoyotl in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz, México, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, The Youth Theater in Novi Sad, the Belgrade Drama Theater in Serbia, La Marató de l'Espectacle in Barcelona, Spain, La Maratón de la Danza in Madrid, Spain, Sala Cuarta Pared in Madrid, Spain, The World Dance Conference in Athens, Greece, Festival Estivo at Giovinazzo di Bari, Italy, the Montenegrin National Theater in Podgorica, Montenegro, ArteDanse in Biel, Switzerland, The Blue Grass State International Dance Festival in Kentucky, USA and a tour of nine major cities throughout Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri.
Susana B. Williams received flowers from choreographer and dancers after performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland
Dance-Forms Productions honors Director's fifty years in dance.
By Larry Williams
When the Tennessee Arts Commission looked for adjudicators to select the winner of their $5,000.00 Individual Artist Fellowship in Dance Performance Award, they found no be tter than Alun Jones, independent choreographer and former director of the Louisville Ballet, and internationally known, Oldham county resident Susana B. Williams, director of Dance-Forms Productions.
On April 4, 2008 the two artists traveled to the Nashville Ballet studios and auditioned nine works interpreted by professional dancers and choreographers based in Tennessee. From the nine works only one will receive the prestigious award. The winner will be announced in July.
Williams association with Alun Jones and the Louisville Ballet began in 1976 when she trained and rehearsed with the company before moving on to become the artistic director of the National School of Dance of San Salvador, El Salvador.
This year Dance-Forms Productions celebrates Susana B. Williams' 50th Anniversary in dance with multiple presentations of "The International Choreographers' Showcase" in Europe and the USA. Williams initiated "The International Choreographers' Showcase" in 1994 at Festival Off d' Avignon in Avignon, France. A dynamic platform for the promotion and performance of all forms of professional dance, "The International Choreographers' Showcase" delights international audiences with presentations of outstanding work by emerging, professional and distinguished choreographers from all over the world.
Dance-Forms' 2008 Season includes: "The International Choreographers' Showcase" at the Montenegrin National Theater in Podgorica, Montenegro on May 28 and May 29, followed by performances at the 22nd World Dance Conference in Athens Greece, July 2 through 6, and Dance in Italy Festival in Giovinazzo di Bari on July 8, 2008.
This year will mark eight consecutive performances of "The International Choreographers' Showcase" at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland when the dancers take the stage August 5 through August 9. The season ends with "The Third Blue Grass State International Dance Festival" to be held at the La Grange, Kentucky Community Center from October 9 through 11."The Blue Grass State International Dance Festival" is a dance project conceived by Susana B. Williams. Now in its third year, the festival strives to enhance the cultural, social, educational, and economic growth of Louisville and Oldham County. This year the festival will offer educational activities in schools throughout Oldham county.
"The 3rd Blue Grass State International Dance Festival" will include:
At the end of October Williams will journey to her native country, Guatemala where she will be awarded the National Medal of Dance for her life time achievements in the art of dance and choreography.
For information about the festivals contact Dance-Forms Productions at (502) 265-7041 or visit the web site www.danceformsproductions.com
Larry Williams. Co-founder of Dance-Forms Productions
Freelance writer, teacher, and businessman Larry Williams, M.F.A. (Spalding University 2012) has acted as Administrative Director, copy consultant, and behind the scene adviser since 1976. He is responsible for 'word-smithing' Dance-Forms Productions' website.
On May 5, 2003, Mr. Williams received the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky for his work as ambassador of good will and fellowship around the world, as well as for his contributions to Kentucky and his special achievements as a writer.
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