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Loyola Ballet celebrates National Dance Week, tributes Haiti

Loyola press release - April 19, 2010

The Loyola Ballet will celebrate National Dance Week with a performance featuring the “Prologue” from Tchaikovsky’s ballet, “The Sleeping Beauty,” contemporary works and traditional dances from Haiti in a concert on Friday, April 23, and Saturday, April 24, at 8 p.m., at Loyola University New Orleans.

The performance takes place in Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex, on Loyola’s main campus. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for all students, children, seniors and Loyola employees. Tickets can be purchased online at www.montage.loyno.edu or by calling 504-865-2074. Tickets can also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the performance.

In “Prologue,” the court of King Florestan is celebrating the christening of Princess Aurora. For the event, six fairies are invited to be godmothers, but the wicked fairy, Carabosse, interrupts the ceremony. Furious that she has not been invited, she declares a curse upon the princess. The Lilac Fairy however changes the curse so that the princess will not die, but sleep for 100 years or until she is awakened by the kiss of a prince. This classic ballet is staged by Laura Zambrano, director of Loyola Ballet, and Gayle Parmelee, associate professor emeritus and coordinator of the Loyola Preparatory Ballet Program, with choreography by Marius Petipa. Guest artist Kimberly Matulich Beck, formerly of the Alabama Ballet, will perform the role of the Lilac Fairy.

Students from the Preparatory Ballet Program will open the second half of the program performing “The Garden” with music by Alexander Glazunov and choreography by Parmelee and Leigh Brockman, faculty member of the Loyola Preparatory Program.

Loyola alumna, Nicole Sanders '07, will perform “Yearning,” a contemporary work set to music by George Frideric Handel and choreographed by Gilbert Rome, faculty member of the Loyola Preparatory Ballet Program.

Loyola senior Kelly Amstutz, a history major from Kenner, will present “The Moirae” set to music by Camille Saint-Saëns. Senior Christopher Jennings, a mass communication major from Destrehan, will also perform “Doubt, or 4 a.m.” with Loyola alumna, Mary Esther T. Watson '08, set to music by Madigan Shive and Jen Wood.

Artemis Preeshl, Loyola professor of theatre arts and dance, will premiere an original work, “They Are Afraid of Her.” The new work is the third movement of “Crazy Horse,” a four-part suite by jazz drummer Eric Starr. They Are Afraid of Her was the daughter of Sioux warrior Crazy Horse and his wife Black Shawl.

To conclude, the Loyola Ballet and the Komenka Ethnic Dance Ensemble will honor the country of Haiti with traditional Haitian dances. This work, sponsored by Dr. Jean Montès, associate professor and director of orchestras, and the Komenka Ethnic Dance Ensemble, will be accompanied live by master percussionist and a native Haitian, Jeoboham “Zo” Pierre. Pierre contributed to the choreography along with Riva Precil, a Haitian Loyola student. The Loyola Ballet will be accepting contributions during the performances to support the earthquake-devastated Holy Trinity School of Music in Haiti.

The Loyola Ballet has been presenting semi-annual ballet performances to the public for the past 45 years. This performance is presented as part of Loyola University’s Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in the Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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