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Tempest Rising

Roger Creel, a uiquely talented ballet dancer, geophysicist and classical pianist creates an original ballet version of Shakespeare’s "The Tempest" with the Louisville Ballet. The powerful and challenging experience of a former star principal dancer with the Australian Ballet coming out of retirement after seven years to dance the role of Prospero, a wall building evil spirit, men partnering men, gender swapped roles, magic, and the addition of an Afro-American step dancing team contribute to an unusual, challenging and rewarding story of artistic collaboration. Original music by composer/violinist Scott Moore.

  • Richard Van Kleeck
    The Veil; Convergence Redux; The Thrive Forest School - Nurture Meets Nature; Tour en l'vendome
  • Richard Van Kleeck
    (Same as above)
  • Roger Creel
    Key Cast
    The Veil
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Ballet, Shakespeare, Step Dancing, Choreography
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Canon Cinema & Red Raven
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Just completed
Distribution Information
  • NETA
Director Biography - Richard Van Kleeck

Film maker, former Director of Concert Activities and The Davee Distance Learning Initiative at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University. Director of over one-hundred-and fifty live webcasts/videos including opera, orchestral, choral, master classes, jazz, classical, world music, pop, rock and unique thematic programs.

Created and directed two full-length video documentaries featuring legendary cello teacher Hans Jensen (Taste the String) and the acclaimed Beinen School of Music clarinet studio, Chicago Symphony musicians, faculty and students. (Dancing With Clara)

Created, programmed and produced the award-winning PBS television music series The Lonesome Pine Specials, now in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of American History amd American Archives of Public Broadcassting at The Library of Congress.

Collaborative film projects with celebrated visual artist Julius Friedman including “The Veil”, “Convergence Redux”, and the milti-media installation “Rebirth” which have been screened/presented at the Frazier History Museum, the Louisville Film Society, and Speed Museum Cinema.

A graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, he studied horn with Harry Shapiro and Barry Tuckwell. Performances with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Pops, Boston Baroque Orchestra, Handel-Haydn Society Orchestra, Boston Philharmonia, Vermont Symphony, Historical Brass Ensemble, and Vox Nova.
Member of the Dartmouth College Music faculty directing the chamber music, wind ensembles, and teaching horn.

Presently Director of Red Cage Films, specializing in performance and nature films.

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Director Statement

I am dedicated to using my extensive performance and directing background to help celebrate artistic creation through film and live webcasts ranging from dance to classical, jazz, traditional and world music. I enjoy telling stories about uniquely talented artists while enlightening viewers about the inner workings of artistic collaboration and education. I enjoy combining radically different subjects in unexpected ways.

For example, "War Games" for Two Professional Wrestlers and Extended Percussion Ensemble is among the seventy-two hours of my work now in the Smithsonian Institute Museum of American History permanent collection. The short film "Convergence Redux" brings together the worlds of ballet and break dancing at the Angel's Envy distillary. "The Veil" explores a ballerina's fantasy about an imagined lover.