Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Ballet Tucson Taking Dance to New Heights!


Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 10:02 AM
Subject: Dance and Dessert - an eclectic dance concert with gourmet dessert tastings


Ballet Tucson Taking Dance to New Heights!

Ballet Tucson, Tucson’s professional ballet company, announces its 2015 repertoire for Dance & Dessert, the perennial spring favorite offering a variety of dance forms on one program.  The company soars to new heights with world and Tucson premieres, as well as classics and works from some of Tucson’s favorite choreographers.  Dance & Dessert is an eclectic treat that showcases the talent and versatility of Ballet Tucson’s dancers and artistic staff.  A dessert reception after each performance provides a medley of dessert tastings from area restaurants to cap off a sweet afternoon or evening.

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Guest choreographer Charles Anderson brings the Tucson premiere of his striking ballet Aposiopesis for Dance & Dessert.  Beauty and passion converge in Mr. Anderson's fresh choreography.  A former member of New York City Ballet, Anderson has become one of the leading forces of the San Francisco Bay Area contemporary dance movement.  He continues to present important new works on his own troupe, Company C Contemporary Ballet.
Daniel Precup, Ballet Tucson’s Ballet Master, presents the world premiere of Steps that explores the history of dance through a collage of musical styles.  Precup’s cutting edge choreography has received tremendous audience acclaim in ballets such as Boler-O, Carmen, and Gemini.  Precup also creates his new version of Spartacus Pas de Deux for Ballet Tucson principal dancers Jenna Johnson and Isaiah Sumler.  Impressive for its show of strength and sensuality, this duet has been a favorite of Russia's famous Bolshoi Ballet for decades.
Brilliant Founder and Artistic Director of Cleveland Ballet, the late Ian Horvath created his signature ballet Laura’s Women, an enduring trio for 3 women.  The work depicts three stages of a woman's life and is both haunting and emotionally stirring.  Ballet Tucson’s Artistic Director, Mary Beth Cabana was a founding member of Cleveland Ballet and rose to the ranks of principal dancer under the guidance of Horvath.  Laura's Women has entertained, enthralled and touched audiences for over 35 years and remains timeless in its impact.
Always entertaining, Sam Watson offers up his eccentric and fun Sound Effects. Watson has been contributing choreography to Ballet Tucson for almost 25 years and his works are treasured gems in the repertoire of the company.  Sound Effects is joyfully presented by Ballet Tucson's versatile ensemble of dancers.
Assistant Artistic Director Chieko Imada provides two works Hibiki (echo) and Here We Are. Imada, a native of Japan, danced professionally as a soloist with the Inoue Ballet of Tokyo and throughout the world before coming to Tucson to dance and now serve as assistant artistic director.  Set to Japanese kodo drums, Hibiki is a colorful, pulsing and high energy contemporary ballet.  Here We Are, a cute and frisky duet, returns to the repertoire and is a charming addition to this eclectic program.
Ballet Tucson Guest Coach and Master Teacher, Suzanne Erlon puts her unique stamp on Black Swan Pas de Deux set to the lush music of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.  First performed in 1878 at the Bolshoi Theatre, Swan Lake remains a staple in ballet companies and continues to be enjoyed by audiences world-wide.  Erlon was a member of New York City Ballet under the legendary George Balanchine and also was a principal dancer with Ballet West.
*Dance & Dessert 2015
Aposiopesis (Tucson Premiere) - choreography by Charles Anderson
Steps (World Premiere) - choreography by Daniel Precup
Laura’s Women - choreography by Ian Horvath
Sound Effects - choreography by Sam Watson
Hibiki (echo) - choreography by Chieko Imada
Black Swan Pas de Deux - choreography by Suzanne Erlon, after Petipa
Here We Are - choreography by Chieko Imada
Spartacus Pas de Deux (Tucson Premiere) - choreography by Daniel Precup

*subject to change
Friday, March 20 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 21 – 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 22 – 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm
Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, University of Arizona
General $35
Groups of 10 or more $25
Phone:  800.838.3006



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