April 6, 7 at the Elaine Wolf Theatre (Appalachian Spring, American in Paris, Dances from La Fille Mal Garde)
April 27, 28 at the Lakewood Cultural Center (Appalachian Spring, American in Paris, Dances from La Fille Mal Garde)
The Spring performances in this 25th Anniversary season of Ballet Ariel are “Silver Anniversary Dance Collections”. Here is what you can expect to see:
(Dance Work – TBA)
“An American in Paris,” Ballet Ariel-style, takes Gershwin’s orchestral classic and a charming storyline and creates a narrative ballet. The story of a young American woman traveling to Paris for the first time is transformed by the magic and vibrancy of the magnificent city steeped in history and enveloped in romance. Gershwin’s jazz undertones create the perfect setting for her awakening. Ballet Ariel’s Director, Ilena Norton and Ballet Ariel’s choreographer, Gregory Gonzales have created whimsical and fun dances that bring to life the joys of Paris.
“Appalachian Spring”, composed by Aaron Copland winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1945. The score was commissioned for a ballet by Martha Graham with an American flavor. “Appalachian Spring” depicts the day of a wedding at a Pennsylvania farmhouse in the early 20th century as the young couple, a pioneer woman, and revivalist preacher, experience apprehension, excitement, and serenity over the course of the day. “Artistic Director, Ilena Norton, brings a fresh perspective to Copland’s enchanting and pastoral music with a fully developed narrative story that audiences find delightful. Performed on pointe, Norton’s ballet includes choreography from Gregory Gonzales, whose contemporary style integrates wonderfully with Norton’s beautiful interpretation.”
Charming dances from “The Naiad and the Fisherman”, that Ballet Ariel also performed in “La Fille Mal Gardee” are part of the program. Danced in the romantic style, this excerpt is lively and festive. The choreography is by Jules Perrot, staged by Oleg Dedogryuk, and the music is by Cesare Pugni.