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Classic and contemporary styles featured in "Ballet in Concert" at BYU Feb. 17-19

Brigham Young University's Theatre Ballet presents a wonderful variety of classic and contemporary ballet in "Ballet in Concert" featuring two guest choreographers and three professional dancers Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 17-19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pardoe Theatre.

A matinee performance will be shown Saturday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $8. For tickets, call the Fine Arts Ticket Office at (801) 378-4322 or visit performances.byu.edu. Tickets for Thursday, Feb. 17, are two for the price of one.

Guest choreographers and former Ballet West dancers Peter Christie and Jessica Harston choreographed two pieces to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. "Bach Bach," choreographed by Christie, fills the stage with dancers in tutus as the show's opening piece.

Harston choreographed a modern interpretation of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor with violinist Vanessa Mae. This piece is one of the most unique pieces performed in the show, said Nathan Cottam, a member of BYU Theatre Ballet and former Ballet Theatre of Boston dancer.

A Spanish-styled piece, the "Don Quixote" Grand Pas de Deux, features Cottam and fellow Ballet Theatre of Boston dancer Kim Swihart, both of whom are currently attending BYU.

Theatre Ballet member Ashley Ivory is also a former dancer with San Francisco Ballet and is performing in "My Time Embrace" choreographed by artistic director Jan Dijkwel. The piece is a portrait of a girl's experience through time.

"[My Time Embrace] is my favorite piece. It has a different movement than I have performed before. It made me stretch artistically," Ivory said.

Other pieces featured in the program include the favorite "Each About a Minute" and the premiere of "Ipse Dixit" by Dijkwel and a contemporary piece, "Glimpses" by Shani Robison.

For more information, contact artistic director Jan Dijkwel at (801) 422-9185.

Writer: Rebekah Hanson

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