Ballet Tucson announces the exciting repertoire for its 2019 Spring Concert with four performances March 8 – 10 at Stevie Eller Dance Theatre.
The world premiere of La Dame aux Camélias (The Lady of the Camellias) is the 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. Precup's adaptation of La Traviata is set with a touch of Romanticism against a musical collage of composers contemporary to the characters who frequented the salons of 1840s Paris, France. Prima Ballerina Jenna Johnson will originate the lead role in this gripping one-act narrative ballet.
Also on the program will be the Ballet Tucson premiere of George Balanchine's Donizetti Variations, the latest work to be specially granted to Ballet Tucson by the George Balanchine Trust. The immortal genius created Donizetti Variations in 1960 for Salute to Italy, a New York City Ballet program celebrating the 100th anniversary of Italy's unification. It is set to ballet music from Donizetti's opera Don Sebastian de Portugal.
In keeping with the diverse programming that audiences anticipate for Dance & Dessert each season, the company will perform a comedy offering by long-time Ballet Tucson collaborator Sam Watson. This year, we will also include the winning piece from our Emerging Choreographers Performance (Footprints at the Fox) on this main stage program. Apprentice Violet Rose Arma (1st Prize Winner) will make her professional choreographic debut with A Convenient Contraposition - a stark, sculptural contemporary ballet.
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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