Ballet concert offers mixed program including dances from Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake
Loyola press release - March 31, 2014
This spring at Loyola University New Orleans, graceful dancers will perform excerpts from classical ballets, including The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake as well as contemporary works showcasing Loyola alumni and faculty. The Loyola Ballet, directed by Laura Zambrano, presents its Spring Concert Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5. The performances are set for 8 p.m. in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola University New Orleans’ main campus.
Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for all students, seniors, children and Loyola faculty/staff, and are available online or by calling 504-865-2074. Tickets will also be available at the door 30 minutes prior to the performance. Free parking is available in the West Road Garage, accessible from St. Charles Avenue.
The performance features excerpts from Acts II and III of The Sleeping Beauty ballet to music composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. First performed in the late 1890s in the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, The Sleeping Beauty ballet is one of the most famous of the classical ballets. Loyola’s excerpts are based on the original choreography of Marius Petipa and staged by Zambrano. Excerpts include dances from Act III where fairy tale characters are dancing guests at the royal wedding of Princess Aurora, including the Jewel Fairies—Diamond, Gold, Sapphire and Silver—the White Cat and Puss in Boots, and Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. The concert will also feature the variation and coda of Princess Aurora as well as the farandole, a peasant dance, from Act II.
The concert also features excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet based on the choreography of Marius Petipa. The excerpts from Swan Lake include dances taken from Act III, which is set in a palace during a costume ball.
Other contemporary and character works highlight Loyola alumnus Kenneth Bryan ’99 and guest artists from the Komenka Ethnic Dance Ensemble. Bryan will perform in the role of Narcissus to music by Nikolai Tcherepnin and staged by Gayle Parmelee after Kasyan Goleizovsky. The dance is based on the character in Greek mythology who fell in love with the beauty of his own reflection. The Komenka Ethnic Dance Ensemble will perform light-hearted and lyrical dances from its Russian Suite choreographed by Svetlana Tchernatsova Al Neyadi, with additions by Komenka’s artistic directors, Cheryl O'Sullivan and Daniel Gianfala.
Contemporary work inspired by New Orleans and choreographed by Loyola Preparatory Arts Instructor Leigh Brockman Horowitz and “Walpurgisnacht” from the Opera Faust will round out the show.
The concert will honor National Dance Week, which is officially celebrated later this month across the U.S. Established by former President George W. Bush, National Dance Week is as “an opportunity for people to celebrate and recognize dance as a unique and inspiring art form.” Held annually in April, the week features dance organizations from across the country that celebrate by presenting educational and programmatic concerts for all ages.