Silver anniversary dance collections

Silver anniversary dance collections

Silver anniversary dance collections

Appalachian Spring, American in Paris, Dances from Le Corsaire

April 13 at 7:30 pm at the Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre – Tickets

April 27 at 7:30 pm, 28 at 2:00 pm at the Lakewood Cultural Center – Tickets

The Spring performances in this 25th Anniversary season of Ballet Ariel are “Silver Anniversary Dance Collections”. Here is what you can expect to see:

“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.”

Lovely dances from “Le Corsaire” are part of the program. Le Corsaire (The Pirate) is a ballet about Conrad who falls in love with the beautiful Medora during the Ottoman Empire. In the full Three Act ballet, the three Odalisques and Medora have been purchased by the Pasha for his harem.  He summons them to perform as part of an entertainment.   In the ballet’s conclusion, Conrad saves Medora, and they sail off to further adventures.   Dances from the ballet originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, are staged by Oleg Dedogryuk, assisted by Patricia Renzetti.

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