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Loyola University’s Ballet presents “Classical, Character, Contemporary” with guest Komenka Ethnic Dance Ensemble

November 16, 2007

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Fine Arts proudly presents the Loyola Ballet’s Fall Concert as part of their 2007-2008 Montage Series. On Friday, November 16, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, November 17, at 8 p.m., the Loyola Ballet with guest artists Komenka Ethnic Dance Ensemble and the dancers of the Loyola Preparatory Ballet program will perform an exciting array of classical, character, and contemporary dance works. The performance takes place in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex, on the Loyola University main campus.

In keeping with the tradition of presenting the classics, the Loyola Ballet will perform Pas de Fleurs from the ballet Le Corsaire (Act II), composed by Leo Delibes and choreography by Marius Petipa; “A Tribute to Anna Pavlova,” a series of well known works from the famous ballerina’s career including The Dying Swan, choreographed especially for her by Mikhail Fokine; and Meditation from Thais, a contemporary pas de deux composed by Jules Massenet and choreographed by Gilbert Rome; a New Orleans native who has had an illustrious career as a professional dancer in locations such as Canada, Germany, and Houston, Texas, and who originally studied in New Orleans with Gayle Parmelee.

The Komenka Ethnic Dance Ensemble performs Makedonsko, a charming and exotic suite of character dances from Macedonia set to traditional music. This work is based on folk dances originally taught by Atanas Kolorovsky. The dancers of the Loyola Preparatory Ballet program present Johann Strauss Junior’s Bonbon Polka, choreographed by Cheryl O’Sullivan.

At the conclusion of the performance, the Komenka Ethnic Dance Ensemble and the Loyola Ballet join together for a holiday celebration with Sleigh Ride, music by Wolfgang Mozart, Leopold Mozart, and Leroy Anderson.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students and the Loyola community. For ticket information, please visit www.montage.loyno.edu or call (504) 865-2074.

The Loyola Ballet, part of the Loyola University College of Music and Fine Arts Montage Series, has been presenting semi-annual ballet performances to the public for the past 42 years.

For further information, please contact Sean Snyder in the Office of Public Affairs at (504) 861-5882, or e-mail smsnyder@loyno.edu

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