Ovation - Alabama Ballet
Presented by The Gadsden Times & the Gadsden Live Performance Series
Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 2:30pm
About the Show
Ovation, a mixed repertory performance features one of the most celebrated excerpts in classical ballet, The Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadere. Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, set to the iconic score from Aaron Copeland, rounds out the program. Considered an early example of an American ballet, Rodeo combines the exuberance of a Broadway musical with the discipline of classical ballet technique. The company is excited to return to the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center for Ovation. All tickets to this production are $23.Alabama Ballet Artistic Director Tracey Alvey says, “We’ve had such a wonderful experience taking George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ to places like Anniston; I’m confident his Allegro Brillante and Tarantella will be well-received. But I’m especially proud to share the work of Jiří Kylián with Gadsden audiences. He is an international star and a personal favorite. It’s a real coup that our company earned the right to perform both the Balanchine and Jiří Kylián pieces on one program.”
Allegro Brillante is characterized by what Maria Tallchief, the late New York City Ballet star, calls “an expansive Russian romanticism.” The vigorous pace of Tchaikovsky’s score makes the steps appear even more difficult, but the ballet relies on strong dancing, precise timing, and breadth of gesture. Balanchine said: “It contains everything I know about the classical ballet in 13 minutes.”
The nimble quickness of Balanchine’s Tarantella provides a virtuosic showcase. The profusion of steps and the quick changes of direction this brief but explosive pas de deux requires, typify the ways in which Balanchine expanded the traditional vocabulary of classical dance.
Sechs Tänze is a humorous ballet set to a lively score by Mozart. Choreographer Jiří Kylian has described the structure of the piece as “six seemingly nonsensical acts, which obviously ignore their surroundings. They are dwarfed in face of the ever present troubled world, which most of us for some unspecified reason carry in our souls.” As Mike Huebner of the Birmingham News says, “…the way Kylián has captured Mozart's inventiveness, implicit humor and rhythmic buoyancy is uncanny. Alabama Ballet's realization of it was sheer brilliance.”
For more information about this performance, please call 256-543-ARTS. For more information about the Alabama Ballet, please visit AlabamaBallet.org.