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Loyola Ballet honors world-renowned ballerinas during its Fall Concert on November 17 & 18

Loyola press release - November 3, 2000

(New Orleans)—The Loyola Ballet will pay tribute to some of the world's greatest ballerinas during its annual fall concert on November 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall on the second floor of the Communications Music Complex located at the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue.

The company will perform Pas de Quatre, a ballet choreographed by Jules Perrot in 1845 to showcase four of the greatest ballerinas of the Romantic Period - Marie Taglioni, Carlotta Grisi, Fanny Cerrito and Lucille Grahn. The piece was devised to display each ballerina in the steps and technique for which she was most renowned: Taglioni, the first "Sylphide," for her airy refinement; Grisi, the first "Giselle," for her delicacy and lightness; Cerrito, for her strength, vitality and charm; and Grahn, for her talent and beauty. Loyola Ballet director Laura Zambrano staged Anton Dolin's recreation of the Perrot work, which is set to music by Cesare Pugni, composer and compiler of some three hundred ballet scores.

The memory of one of the greatest prima ballerinas of the early 20th century, Anna Pavlova, will also be honored by the company in a collection of divertissements staged by Zambrano and Loyola Preparatory Program director Gayle Parmelee. Included will be: Christmas, La Nuit and The Dragonfly. The final piece in this tribute is The Dying Swan, choreographed by Mikhail Fokine to "The Swan" from Camille Saint-Saens' score Carnival of the Animals, for which Pavlova is best known.

Also being presented are two scenes from Don Quixote, the "Gypsy Camp" and the "Vision Scene," staged by Zambrano and Parmelee after choreography by Marius Petipa to music by Leon Minkus. This excerpt from the four-act ballet is the dream during which Don Quixote sees Kitri as his "Dulcinea" through the works of Cupid and the queen of the wood nymphs.

Other works being performed include original choreographies by Ashley Weiss and Kenneth Bryan. The Komenka Ethnic Dance Ensemble, which is under the direction of John Rodi and Daniel Gianfala, will offer selections from L'Arlesienne Suite by Georges Bizet.

General admission is $10 and student admission is $5. Tickets and additional information are available through Loyola's ticket box office at 865-3492.

The Loyola Ballet, part of the College of Music's Montage Series, has been presenting semi-annual ballet performances to the public for the past 35 years.

For more information, contact Reid Wick at (504) 865-2074 or via email at wick@loyno.edu.

Based on the heritage of Catholic Jesuit higher education in Louisiana since 1849, Loyola University New Orleans was chartered in 1912. The College of Music gives students the opportunity to combine liberal studies with professional music courses. Loyola offers the only College of Music within the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Its reputation for excellence is founded on the work of a faculty whose distinction as scholars, performers, and most importantly, as educators, has been nationally acclaimed. Loyola's music alumni have become successful in virtually every area of the professional music world. Visit the College of Music at www.loyno.edu/music.