TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tahoe Youth Ballet presents its fourth annual winter repertory season featuring local and guest artists in the beloved Frank Sinatra Showroom in the Cal Neva Resort. The evening is a celebration of women's roles in dance, including the second act of the classic “Giselle” and a new work, “Into the Trees,” created by Tahoe Youth Ballet dancers in collaboration with guest dancers and choreographers.
“The evening is a celebration of archetypal women's roles in dance; the subtlety of the early romantic era juxtaposed with the raw expression of emotion through contemporary movement in the new collaboration, ‘Into the Trees,'” said Christin Hanna, Tahoe Youth Ballet's founding artistic director. “To compare the two in this way is interesting, in the second piece we may seem closer to savages than the corseted, proper formality of 1848.”
The program will feature guest artists Ted Seymour (Kennedy Center's Suzanne Farrell Ballet), Deborah Lohse (ad hoc ballet, New York), Tahoe Youth Ballet alumna Sierra Barter (currently studying at the Ailey School) and Christin Hanna.
This season's premiere of the second act of “Giselle” marks the company's first staging of a classical work. “Giselle,” composed by Adolph Adam and choreographed by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, received its premiere at the Ballet du Theatre de l'Academie Royale de Musique in Paris in 1848 and remains largely unchanged. The ballet tells the story of a peasant girl Giselle whose ghost, after her premature death, protects her lover from the vengeance of a group of evil female spirits called wilis.
Tahoe Youth Ballet's production of this romantic-era classic features founding company members Camille Joubert in the role of Giselle, Sierra Walsh as Myrtha (queen of the wilis) with guest artist Ted Seymour as Albrecht, Giselle's lover. Another highlight is local artist Brian Ore's scenic design, marking a unique artistic collaboration among visual and performing artists in Lake Tahoe.
Also on the program is the world premiere, “Into the Trees,” a collaborative project the dancers of the company created alongside guest choreographers Valerie Salgado and Deborah Lohse. Lohse will appear in the work along with Sierra Barter and Christin Hanna. Cellist Zoe Keating's compositions accompany the tribe of women in the piece; art imitates life as the elders ingratiate the “green” dancers into the ways of their tribe. However, the steps themselves are not the only part the dancers had a say in creating. Throughout the process, the dancers named the piece and designed both costumes and storyline. This process has been documented on video (available to view at Tahoe Youth Ballet's website and Facebook page) and in the Sierra Sun as part of a series of columns entitled “A Dancer's Diary.” Funding for this project has been provided, in part, by the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation.
Another addition to this season's performances are new dancers. Tahoe Youth Ballet welcomes new company members Sierra Bertini and Zoe Thompson as well as 12 young dancers from the company's new apprenticeship program. Chelsea Austin, Kristen Gallant, Piper Joubert, Marissa Kamenetsky, Rachel Meyer, Sarah Mowris, Olivia Parkhill, Jane Nall, Kyla Pierce, Annie Thompson, Bryce Walsh and Kaylee Ward, from throughout North Lake Tahoe and Truckee, will perform with the company for the first time.
Tahoe Youth Ballet premiered in June 2009 and has presented performances featuring works created for the company and stagings of works from professional companies from contemporary choreographers. The company continues to work toward its mission to enrich the cultural and educational fabric of Lake Tahoe by offering the finest training and performing opportunities to the area's young dancers, enjoyed by our community as a viable cultural asset.
For additional information, please contact Tahoe Youth Ballet, 530-613-4363 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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