John Castagna has been actively choreographing in Los Angeles for several years and is the resident choreographer for Ballet Collective/ LA since 2001. He has created several works for the company including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rite of Spring Suite, Black and Fuscia, Violetta and Alfredo (La Traviata) and a two-act version of Sweet Revenge (Die Fledermaus). His latest work Joy was nominated by Dance Magazine for “Video of the Month” in September 2014. The Golden Slave won Pointe Magazine’s “Video of the Month” in July 2012. Since 2008 he has been posting his choreography on the Internet via youtube and dancemedia.com.

Interested in collaboration, he has worked with composer Mark Mercury and costume designer Anda Bernovska on creating two dances Dawn to Dusk, a contemporary love triangle, and the abstract pointe ballet Spaces Between. Peace byPiece, a collaboration with choreographer Lori DuPeron and composer Mark Mercury, won an LA Area Emmy Award. His choreography has performed at Los Angeles Theater Center, San Pedro’s Warner Grand Theater, North Hollywood’s El Portal Theater, The Ivar Theater, Pasadena Dance Festival, Mix-Match Dance Festival, The Unknown Theater, in Hollywood and Mimoda Studio Theatre.

He has been commissioned by Ballet Guatemala (twice) and The Staten Island Ballet to create works on their companies. He has received grants from Los Angeles County Arts Commission and Hollywood’s Unknown Theater to create new choreography. Castagna has a Masters in Choreography from UCLA. He has been training with ballet master and mentor Stefan Wenta since 1990.

Selected Listing of Castagna’s Contemporary Ballet Choreography

Joy – Debussy “L’isle joyeuse” – 6 dancers

Black and Fuscia – Ginastera – trio

The Golden Slave – Rimsky-Korsakov – grande pas de deux

Rite of Spring Suite – Stravinsky – quartet

Spaces Between – Mark Mercury (collaboration) – quartet

Dawn to Dusk – Mark Mercury (collaboration) – septet

Midsummer Night’s Dream – Mendelssohn – 10 dancers

Violetta & Alfredo (La Traviata) –Verdi – grande pas de deux

Sweet Revenge (Die Fledermaus) – Johan Strauss II – 10 dancers, in 2 acts

La Forza del Destino – Verdi – grande pas de deux

Women of the Sea – “Arlisenne” Bizet – female trio

The 4 Seasons – Vivaldi – 13 dancers

The Young Tchaikovsky –  Tchaikovsky “Symphony #5”  – 9 dancers

The Blue Pearl – Bizet – 7 dancers

Sublime Song…” – Chopin – three  pas de deuxes

Backstage: 1934 – “Jazz Band Suite” Shostakovich – sextet

Waltz of the Snowflakes –Tchaikovsky – 5 dancers

Bianca’s Dilemma –Mozart – 6 dancers

de Maria Callas – Verdi, Donezzeti – grande pas de deux

Loss – “Prayer Cycle” Alanis Morissett – female solo with chorus

Piece by Peace – Lori DuPeron/Mark Governor (collaboration) – sextet

The Beat Box – The Art of Noise – sextet

Rubrica – “Eisenstein on the Beach” Philip Glass – quartet

Territories – “Dissonance” Glenn Branca – male solo