Saint Louis Ballet dancers capture the spirit of Valentine’s Day every February with contemporary ballets that include critically-acclaimed work as well as world premieres. This year, Old Loves | New Loves does just that.
We celebrate an old love with the revival of a favorite – Tom Gold’s Oasis. Gold, a long-time dancer with New York City Ballet, was called “a force for good in the ballet world” by The Wall Street Journal. Gold’s work pushes the boundaries of classical dance, but stays true to classical technique. His bluesy Oasis has movement quality that is sensual and sultry, “filled with languid gyrations and swivel hips appropriate for a day at a beach during Spring Break…” (Critical Dance). This ballet is fun for the dancers and the audience can sense it.
Hallelujah Junction (performed by only a very few companies nationwide) is by former New York City Ballet leader Peter Martins and created for Royal Danish Ballet. Performed with two pianists on stage, the ballet was described by New York City Ballet as “a living locomotive of propulsive vitality, set to a pulsing John Adams score.” This is a Saint Louis premiere.
Old Loves | New Loves concludes with solos and pas de deux by Gen Horiuchi, set to the melodic French Suites by J.S. Bach. This is the first time the works have been performed for a live audience.
Horiuchi, Saint Louis Ballet's artistic and executive director, has staged a considerable number of classical story ballets for the company and has created crowd-pleasing contemporary pieces as well. His ballets have been performed by Saint Louis Ballet as well as his ballet company in his native Japan.
UPDATE TO COVID PROTOCOL FOR ATTENDING
"OLD LOVES | NEW LOVES"
All patrons ages 12 and older are required to show proof of their full COVID-19 vaccination upon arrival at Touhill PAC (2 shots). Adults will need to bring a photo ID and either their physical vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card. A booster is not required.
NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST
Unvaccinated patrons ages 12 and older must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test: either a negative RT-PCR taken within 72 hours before the performance or a negative antigen test within 24 hours of the performance. Self-administered tests will be allowed if photo of negative self-test is time-stamped proving the test was taken within 24 hours. Click here to find a local testing site.
FACE MASKS REQUIRED
Patrons are required to wear approved face coverings as required by the City of St. Louis, including while seated during the performance. Patrons may lower their mask while actively eating or drinking.
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SAINT LOUIS BALLET'S
OLD LOVES | NEW LOVES
PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES
Sat, February 12 at 7:30pm
Sun, February 13 at 2:30pm
At the Touhill Performing Arts Center
Available now at metrotix.com