Dance Alive National Ballet Presents Firebird

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“Fantasy, magic and the gods take the stage with an exotic and brilliant display of dance.”

Four brilliant works by four different choreographers – FIREBIRD, APOLLO, LATIN AMERICAN SYMPHONETTE and ROMEO AND JULIET PASDE DEUX – AND spectacular dancing by the cast of outrageously talented Dance Alive National Ballet dancers.

WHAT: FIREBIRD
WHEN: March 17 at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Curtis M. Phillips Performing Arts Center.
TICKETS: For tickets call 352-371-2986. Information 352-371-2986

MortonGould’s Latin American Symphonette opens the program with a bang! Resident choreographer Judy Skinner created the work showcase the dancers’ remarkable talents and OH how they dance! DANB principals Andre Valladon and Gretel Batista perform a brilliant pas de duex while 6 other DANB take over the stage.

Tom Pazik’s Romeo and Juliet Pas de Deux is an exquisite work that principal dancers Carla Amancio and Fhilipe Teixeira have been performing on tour to wildly appreciative audiences. For this program, we are bringing the work home. The balcony pas de deux from the ballet Romeo and Juliet reveals the two lovers depth of feeling for each other. We watch this exquisite dance knowing that it is a poignant prelude to a tragic end.

George Balanchine is recognized as one of the world’s greatest choreographers and Apollo is considered by many his master work. DANB’s performance of the work is presented by arrangement with the George Balanchine Trust. For this program Apollo is danced by Sergii Sydorskyi with the three muses danced by DANB principals Jessie Dominguez, Yulia Pivotskaya and Julia Ponomareva. It is an honor to be able to perform this magnificent work.

The program concludes with Gerard Ebitz’ Firebird, a work based on a Russian folktale with music by Igor Stravinsky. In Firebird, Ebitz pulls out all the stops with a prince danced by Alexsey Kuznetsov,princesses danced by DANB principals Ashley Brooke Lunn, Buse Babadag, Beatrix Povoas, Gretel Batista and Barbara Varady, monsters led by Mia Circaeres-Nielsen and Grace Thompson, spiders, an evil magician portrayed by DANB principal Leo Clarke and a mythical Firebird danced with effortless physicality by DANB principal Roberto Vega. This is a “story” ballet with sets, elaborate costumes and a huge cast.

This is a perfect evening of dance for those who love a good story, appreciate the dazzling technical skill of beautifully trained dancers, get chills watching the exceptional physicality and expressive power of beautiful bodies and appreciate the passion and tenderness when spirits soar.

Indeed, “fantasy, magic and the gods take the stage with an exotic and brilliant display of dance” in Dance Alive National Ballet’s final performance of the season. Pure pleasure!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 352-371-2986 dalive@bellsouth.net www.dancealive.org

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