Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) will launch its 42nd (2013-2014) main stage performance season and its second year as Resident Ballet Company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts with Swan Lake Act II and Sleeping Beauty Act III in A Tribute to Tchaikovsky on Friday, November 1 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 pm.
Tickets range from $35 – $128 (plus fees) and can be ordered by calling The Smith Center Box Office at (702) 749-2000 or by visiting www.nevadaballet.org.
NBT will pay tribute to Ballet’s legendary composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and his collaborative partnership with choreographers Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. Staged by former Prima Ballerina Cynthia Gregory, Swan Lake Act II tells the tale of “Odette,” a beautiful maiden transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer and the prince who swears his enduring love for her. NBT Company Artist Alissa Dale will dance the role of “Odette” and Steve Goforth will dance the role of “Prince Siegfried.”
“I am so happy to be staging Act II of my favorite ballet, Swan Lake, for NBT,” said Repetiteur Cynthia Gregory. With its gorgeous music, tragic romance, the magical beauty of the swans and the incredible role of “Odette,” the Swan Queen, Act II is the gem of the entire ballet; from country to country, from version to version, it has been handed down from one generation to the next with great integrity.”
Premiering in 1890, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Sleeping Beauty is the second of Tchaikovsky’s three great ballets (Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker). With choreography after Marius Petipa and staged by Ballet West Principal Ballet Mistress Pamela Robinson-Harris and Ballet West Ballet Mistress Jane Wood-Smith, Act III of this treasured classic delights with a royal wedding, while showcasing a cast of fanciful characters including Puss in Boots and the White Cat; Princess Florine and the Bluebird; and Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. NBT Company Artist Mary LaCroix will perform the role of “Princess Aurora” accompanied by Guest Artist, New York City Ballet (NYCB) Principal Dancer, Jared Angle in the role of “Prince Florimund.”
Angle joined the famed NYCB in 1998 and was promoted to Principal dancer in 2005. He was recently seen in Las Vegas when he made his debut on the Reynolds Hall stage as part of the NYCB MOVES Tour in March 2013.
On Friday, November 1 at 11 am, over 1,500 local students will witness the magic of Sleeping Beauty Act III (Aurora’s Wedding) and gain a deeper understanding of the art form through a special question and answer period with Education & Outreach Director, Terané Comito.
Sleeping Beauty Act III (Aurora’s Wedding) school Matinee sponsored by ￼
Behind the scenes information on Swan Lake Act II:
Swan Lake Behind the Scenes Part 1
Swan Lake Behind the Scenes Part II
Swan Lake Behind the Scenes Part III
NBT PRESENTS INSIGHTS Featuring Cynthia Gregory
As a benefit for ticket holders, NBT will present Insights with Director of Education & Outreach, Terané Comito. Insights is a free, pre-performance experience with in-depth commentary and multimedia content, designed to engage, enlighten and entertain audiences in preparation for the performance they are about to see. Insights will take place 45 minutes prior to curtain in the Troesh Studio Theater at The Smith Center on Friday, November 1 & Saturday, November 2 at 6:45 pm. Generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and Nevada Prepaid Tuition.
2013-2014 SEASON “SELECT YOUR OWN SERIES” SUBSCRIPTIONS ON SALE NOW
Save us to 25%* on two or more performances with a “Select Your Own Series” Subscription; packages can be ordered online at www.nevadaballet.org or by calling The Smith Center Box Office at (702)749-2847. Subscribers receive many benefits over single ticket purchasers including priority seating, free ticket exchanges, personalized service, invitations to special events and special discounts on the purchase of additional performance tickets. (*Discount is based on: up to a 15% package discount, section selected and no single ticket fees. A $15 handling fee is added to the order.)
ABOUT NEVADA BALLET THEATRE
Under the artistic direction of James Canfield, Nevada Ballet Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Las Vegas and the largest professional ballet company and dance Academy in the state. Committed to the highest artistic standards, this classically-based company is at home in an eclectic repertory, moving easily from the classics to the high-energy contemporary ballets. The mission of Nevada Ballet Theatre is to educate and inspire statewide, regional and national audiences and vitally impact community life through professional company productions, dance training and education and outreach. Nevada Ballet Theatre is the resident ballet company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit NBT on the web: www.nevadaballet.org; Like NBT on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NevadaBalletTheatre or Tweet: @NVBallet.