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New works, old favorites at BYU "Ballet Showcase" Nov. 13-14

Brigham Young University’s Department of Dance will present a diverse program during “Ballet Showcase” Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13- 14, in the Dance Production Theatre, 166 Richards Building.

Tickets are available for nightly showings at 7:30 p.m. and a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $6 and are available at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 422-4322, or online at byuarts.com.

“There will be a lot of variety in this program,” said company director Kalise Child. “With 14 dancers, all of whom have excellent abilities, the show will prove to be a delight.”

“The Audition” choreographed by BYU’s Marsha Russell, is a mini-ballet that dramatizes the various situations that occur in ballet class and at auditions, from the dancer who is always late to the prima donna who always has to be front and center.

For classical fans there are two variations from “Le Corsaire” by Petipa restaged by BYU Theatre Ballet director Shani Robison and the Spanish-styled “La Fuega Roja de La Noche” by senior member Allison Zobell, president of Ballet Showcase.

“Waltz of the Flowers,” choreographed by Child, was inspired by her experiences dancing in Robert Lindgren’s “Nutcracker” at the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Other new works include “Marionettes” choreographed by Child and inspired by a quote by Elder David A. Bednar: “Endowed with agency, we are agents, and we primarily are to act and not only to be acted upon — especially as we seek to obtain and apply spiritual knowledge.” “Musical Rush” by Stephanie Haymore features composer Jon Schmidt's “Love Story Meets Love Story.”

“The entire company will perform the finale, ‘Hungarian Suite,’” said ballet faculty member and publicity director Lynne Thompson. “It’s a lively, high-energy character piece with exciting lifts and jumps. I think that a lot of people are going to enjoy this show; there is something for everyone.”

For more information, contact Lynne Thompson at (801) 225-1775.

Writer: Lynne Thompson

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