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Loyola Ballet recognizes National Dance Week with performance

Loyola press release - April 6, 2011

The Loyola Ballet celebrates National Dance Week with performances on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, at 8 p.m., in Roussel Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex, on Loyola University New Orleans’ main campus. The performances, directed by Laura Zambrano, include classical, contemporary, and character works.

There will be a complimentary pre-dance wine and cheese reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Roussel Hall lobby. The reception is sponsored by the Loyola Alumni Association.

The program opens with Michael Fokine’s 1909 masterwork “Les Sylphides,” set to music by Chopin. The first plotless ballet of the 20th century, “Les Sylphides” epitomizes the essence of ballet with purity of line, expressiveness and soft flowing movements. “Les Sylphides” was restaged for Loyola Ballet by former ballerina, Carolyn Martin Santonicola, who performed the piece with the Ballet Russes. Guest artists are Alfredo Solivan and Loyola alumna Colleen Murphy ‘08.

Other works include:

  • Excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” choreographed by Marius Petipa
  • Children’s work “Oschter Haws: An Easter Tale” choreographed by faculty members, Leigh Brockman and Cheryl O’Sullivan, and performed by students from Loyola’s Preparatory Ballet Program
  • “Hope Springs Eternal,” a senior contemporary work set to music by Zoe Keating and co-choreographed by Megan Adams, a business management senior from Germantown, Ky., and Bethany Wilde, a music industry studies senior from Tallahassee, Fla.
  • “Angst,” a contemporary work choreographed by resident choreographer Gilbert Rome
  • “Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco” a contemporary work set to music from the Big Band era. “L.S./M.F.T.” is the commercial slogan which introduced the popular radio show “Your Hit Parade.” Guest alumni Karen Beck-Zollinger ’82 and Kenneth Beck ’83, J.D. ’86, are featured in this work along with Solivan and Murphy. Choreography is by Gayle Parmelee, associate professor emerita and coordinator of the Loyola Preparatory Ballet Program.
  • “Mesozegi Dance Suite,” a Hungarian character work performed by Komenka Ethnic Dance Ensemble

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.

National Dance Week, hailed by former President George W. Bush as “an opportunity for people to celebrate and recognize dance as a unique and inspiring art form,” was established to bring greater recognition to the art of dance. Held annually in April, the week features dance organizations from across the country who celebrate by presenting educational and programmatic concerts for all ages.

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