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Loyola Ballet presents classical romantic ballet and special guests

November 18, 2011

The Loyola Ballet continues its longstanding tradition of excellence in dance with a mixed repertory program on Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m., in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex, on Loyola University New Orleans’ main campus.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for all students, seniors, children and Loyola faculty/staff, and are available online at www.montage.loyno.edu or by calling 504-865-2074. Tickets will also be available at the door 30 minutes prior to the performance. Free parking is available in the West Road Garage located on West Road and accessible from St. Charles Avenue.

Led by Loyola ballet director Laura Zambrano, the performances include classical, contemporary and character works performed by dancers from the university and preparatory ballet programs.

The program opens with excerpts from August Bournonville’s masterpiece “La Sylphide,” set to music by Herman Lovenskiold. One of the world's oldest surviving romantic ballets, “La Sylphide” is founded on the fundamental romantic idea of the duality of existence, the conflict between the material and the spiritual. James, a young Scotsman, loves Effy and is about to bind himself in marriage, but he also has dreams of another world. The Sylphide is the symbol of that world.

The other major work of the evening is Sir Frederick Ashton’s “Les Patineurs,” with a score by Giacomo Meyerbeer. First performed in 1937, when a day at the ice rink was still considered a major social outing, “Les Patineurs” is a ballet filled with gliding steps that simulate skating. According to Zambrano, the work demonstrates the dancers’ technical ability, and although it is not often performed, is a great way to lead into the holiday season.

The program also features Loyola senior Maggie Moore’s contemporary work, set to music by e.company. Guest artists will include the Komenka Ethnic Dance Ensemble, performing “Dances of Myjava,” a Slovakian folk dance by Jaro Sevcik, and university alumnus Kenneth Bryan ’99, in one of his own choreographed works set to “Sail,” by AwolNation.

For more information, contact Zambrano at lzambran@loyno.edu or call 504-865-2778.

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