Ballet Tucson presents George Balanchine's Donizetti Variations as part of its 2019 Spring Concert!
This piece was created by the immortal genius in 1960 for Salute to Italy, a New York City Ballet program celebrating the 100th anniversary of Italy's unification, and is set to ballet music from Gaetano Donizetti's opera Don Sebastian de Portugal.
Donizetti Variations embodies the composer's score incorporating the overt use of speed, clarity and dynamic energy. Balanchine's choreography has a cheerful and sunny quality that is also in harmony with the music, and the costuming has an ornate peasant/folk style. The cast of 11 dancers consists of a lead couple and three trios made up of 1 male and 2 females. This ballet is "bravura" in technical approach and will be an exciting showpiece for the company and a thrill for Tucson audiences to see for the first time. Balanchine's most famous motto "see the music, hear the dance" lives on in Donizetti Variations.
Also on the program will be the premiere of La Dame aux Camélias (The Lady of the Camellias), a ballet interpretation of the novel by Alexander Dumas published in 1848, with original choreography created by the Company's Ballet Master Daniel Precup. The inspiration for Verdi's opera La Traviata and numerous English language plays and films entitled Camille, it is the story of a celebrated courtesan who sacrifices her final days of happiness to protect her young lover. Prima Ballerina Jenna Johnson will originate the lead role in this gripping one-act narrative ballet.
Other repertoire will include:
- A piece by long-time Ballet Tucson collaborator Sam Watson
- Hibiki – choreography by Ballet Tucson Assistant Artistic Director Chieko Imada
- A Convenient Contraposition – a stark, sculptural contemporary ballet by Apprentice Violet Rose Arma (1st Prize Winner from our Emerging Choreographers Performance – Footprints at the Fox)
Dessert tastings will be served at the conclusion of each performance as the grand finale to our festive 2018-2019 season!
Friday 3/8 – 7:30 pm
Saturday 3/9 – 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday 3/10 – 1:00 pm
Stevie Eller Dance Theatre
1737 E. University Blvd.
Groups of 10 or more $35
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