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Loyola Ballet Presents Fall Concert November 17 & 18

Loyola press release - November 11, 2006

(New Orleans)–The Loyola Ballet presents excerpts from the romantic ballet La Sylphide during its fall concert on Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18, at 8 p.m., in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall.

Set to music by Herman Lovenskiold, the ballet is restaged by Loyola Ballet Director Laura Zambrano after August Bournonville, as restaged by Peter Schaufuss. Guest artist Eddy Villalta portrays a youthful Scotsman longing for another world, symbolized by Sarah Grundmeyer Abrusley‘s Sylphide. The Sylphide succeeds in luring the young Scotsman away from his beloved and his earthly existence into her more ethereal world. The role of the Sylph was created for Marie Taglioni by her father, Filippo Taglioni. Members of the Komenka Ethnic Dance Ensemble appear in the Scottish reel.

Other featured works include excerpts from La Bayadere, with “Temple Dancers with Parrots” from Act III, and the pas de trios from Act IV, “Kingdom of the Shades,” set to music by Leon Minkus and staged after Marius Petipa. These excerpts are followed by a “Thanksgiving Tradition” performance by the preparatory ballet program intermediate level class, with traditional music, choreography by Cheryl O’Sullivan, and libretto by Gayle Parmelee. The Komenka Ethnic Dance Ensemble performs Ravel’s Bolero, with music by Maurice Ravel and choreography by artistic director John Rodi.

Tickets are $12 general admission, $8 students and senior citizens. For tickets, please contact the Loyola Box Office at (504) 865-2074.

The Loyola Ballet part of the Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Fine Arts, has been presenting semi-annual ballet performances to the public for the past 41 years.