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Loyola Ballet celebrates milestone anniversary of the Ballets Russes

Loyola press release - November 16, 2009

The Loyola Ballet celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Ballets Russes with performances on Friday, Nov. 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m., in Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex, on Loyola’s main campus. The Loyola Alumni Association will host a free wine and cheese reception for all Loyola Alumni prior to the Nov. 21 performance at 6:30 in the Roussel Hall Lobby.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for all students, seniors, children and Loyola faculty and 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.

The impresario Sergei Diaghilev started Ballets Russes in Paris in 1909, which prominently toured the United States between 1930 and 1962. Loyola Ballet, with guest artists Kimberly Matulich Beck, Se-Yong Kim and Colleen Murphy, will perform the signature repertoire of the Ballets Russes, which includes Act II of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” excerpts from Offenbach’s “Gaîté Parisienne,” and Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances from his opera “Prince Igor.”

The Polovetsian Dances will be accompanied by the Loyola Symphony Orchestra directed by Dr. Jean Montès and a chorus directed by Kate Arthurs. Dancers from the Komenka Ethnic Dance Ensemble will join the Loyola Ballet dancers for this performance.

Gayle Parmelee, associate professor emerita and coordinator of the Loyola Preparatory Ballet Program, was a student of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo school in New York. During her early years of teaching, she trained Carolyn Martin, who became a member of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Martin has assisted Loyola Ballet dancers in the style of Ballets Russes for “Swan Lake” for this performance.

In addition, Hiller Huhn, also a former student of Gayle Parmelee, staged the Polovetsian Dances for this event. Huhn was formerly the assistant director of Houston Ballet and has previously staged a Ballets Russes performance for that company.

For more information, contact Laura Zambrano, director of Loyola Ballet, at lzambran@loyno.edu or call 504-865-2778.