BALLET PALM BEACH to Present PREMIERES at the Kravis Center's Rinker Playhouse, March 25-27
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To Present a Dynamic Selection of New Repertoire
At the Kravis Center's Rinker Playhouse
(Palm Beach Gardens, FL – March 11, 2019) Colleen Smith, Artistic Director of Ballet Palm Beach today announced that the highly acclaimed professional ballet company will present a dynamic selection of new repertoire by choreographers George Balanchine (répétiteur, Zippora Karz), Christopher Huggins, Donna Murray, and Gina Patterson.
+ Monday at 7:30 pm
+ Tuesday at 7:30 pm
+ Wednesday at 7:30 pm
Ballet Palm Beach presents a festival of new repertoire featuring diverse and neoclassical works from locally and nationally recognized choreographers including George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey's Christopher Huggins, and more. Underwritten in part by Rob & Amy Swan, the mixed bill will include:
+ George Balanchine's Sonatine
Based on music by Maurice Ravel and staged by Balanchine répétiteur Zippora Karz, a former New York City Ballet soloist, who performed for 16 years on stage and in televised performances. She was featured in a variety of roles choreographed by Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins and Lynne Taylor Corbett. Today, as a répétiteur for the George Balanchine Trust, she stages Balanchine ballets for schools and companies around the globe. Sonatine is an elegantly fluid pas de deux set to live piano music by Cassie Makeeff. The ballet is rarely performed, and is generously underwritten by the Chastain Charitable Foundation.
+ Into the Woods, a World Premiere by Christopher Huggins
A protege of the internally acclaimed choreographer Alvin Ailey, Huggins returns to Ballet Palm Beach to set this impressive piece. A 2002 and 2008 recipient of the Alvin Ailey Award for Best Choreography from the Black Theater Alliance in Chicago, Huggins has also worked on several projects for Disney in Orlando. He was a silver medalist for the 4th International Contemporary Dance Competition in Seoul, Korea. In addition to commissions for Ailey II and The Ailey School, he has also set works on other dance companies, universities. and high schools throughout the U.S.
+ Donna Murray's The Russ & Ellen Show: A love story circa 1945
This world premiere is a dance-theatre styled piece set to music by Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, and more. This contemporary ballet documents the life and love story of the choreographer's grandparents who were born during the Great Depression and navigated the horrors of WWII. "The work speaks universally to those who belong to and those who have come from the Greatest Generation,"
+ World Premiere by Gina Patterson
Gina Patterson has been hailed as a choreographer of "startling originality"
"The eclectic mixed bill of PREMIERES features four new works for the company, including three world premieres by choreographers Christopher Huggins, Donna Murray and Gina Patterson," says Smith. "Ballet Palm Beach has been a hive of activity this month with the contagious energy of our guest choreographers. We are also very honored to present Balanchine's Sonatine. This pas de deux is a jewel and with live music by Ravel, the audience will be swept away."
How to Purchase Tickets to PREMIERES:
Tickets are $45 each and may be purchased by visiting www.balletpalmbeach.org or by calling 800.572.8471. The Kravis Center's Rinker Playhouse is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL.
About Ballet Palm Beach:
Ballet Palm Beach (BPB), the professional ballet company of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) ballet company dedicated to preserving the art of classical ballet by cultivating new visions in choreography, impacting the next generation through the discipline of dance, and enriching the community through this universal art form. Established in 2001, the company has become a fixture in Palm Beach County. Each year BPB produces main stage ballets as well as outreach shows, both locally and abroad. For more information about the professional company or its school, Ballet Palm Beach Academy, or to support BPB's outreach efforts call 561.630.8235 or visit www.balletpalmbeach.org.
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