AT THE GRANDEL
MAY 20 at 7:30pm
THE GRANDEL THEATER
Saint Louis Ballet shows what’s “new” and “next” in its annual performance series at the Grandel Theatre. Known for its grand, classical ballets with elaborate sets and costumes, the company peels back the layers with this very special performance.
You’ll be up-close-and-personal with the dancers, who really shine in these short ballets that represent a wide range of choreographic styles. New York-based choreographer Christopher D’Amboise sets "Everything is Clapping" on the company. With music by Ravel (Piano Concerto In G Major), D’Amboise dedicates it to his late father, Jacques d'Amboise, former principal dancer with New York City Ballet. It is a lyrical work with "quotes" from ballets Jacques danced when in NYCB.
Former New York City Ballet dancer Nilas Martins created a Romantic pas de deux that is playful and challenging with its many tempo changes and difficult partnering sequences. The piece alternates between pas de deux and short solos.
Rehearsal directors CiCi Houston and Christine Settembrino will premiere two new works that include dancers from Saint Louis Ballet’s and SLB’s Professional Training Program. Horiuchi will revive "Wake Up" with music by Joe Morra, a fun ballet he first choreographed in 2010.
Without fancy costumes, sets or special effects, the talent and creativity of the dancers and choreographers take center stage. Audience members are invited to meet the dancers and creative team in the lobby bar following the performance.