September 14, 2011


The Alabama Ballet to Perform September 29

The Alabama Ballet returns to Northeast Alabama Community College with an exciting collection of works by legendary choreographers Antony Tudor and the Balletís own Roger Van Fleteren on Thursday, September 29, at 7 pm in the Tom Bevill Lyceum on the campus of NACC.

Alabama Balletís eclectic mixed bill program includes Antony Tudorís Lilac Garden, Be Major by Roger Van Fleteren and the Swan Lake Act II Pas de Deux. Lilac Garden, set to a dramatic score by Ernest Chausson, centers around young woman bidding farewell to her lover as she consents to a loveless marriage. Be Major is a contemporary ballet in three movements to music by Sergei Bortkiewicz that features intricate and exciting partnering. Finally, the Swan Lake Act II Pas de Deux, one of the most iconic in balletís history, shows classical ballet technique at its best.

Lilac Garden, with choreography by Antony Tudor and music by Ernest Chausson, is considered a ďpsychological ballet.Ē The story centers on a young woman who is forced to marry an older man she does not love. She meets her lover in the lilac garden of a country estate to say their final farewells and begin her new life as a wife. Its premiere in 1936 caused a sensation, as it marked the first time dancers appeared onstage in Edwardian-era street clothes, and not as fairies, princesses, or swans. Tudor is ranked with George Balanchine, de Mille and Jerome Robbins as one of the greatest choreographers of the twentieth century.

The Alabama Balletís Samantha Galler and Michael Fothergill in
Antony Tudorís Lilac Garden (Photo Credit: Billy Brown)

The Alabama Ballet is the stateís premiere professional ballet company. The company has achieved national prominence as one of only six ballet companies in the world permitted by the Balanchine Trust to perform Balanchine's The Nutcrackerô. The Alabama Ballet promotes the development of classical and contemporary ballet through high quality performance, dance education and community outreach. The Alabama Ballet is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Donít miss this exciting evening with The Alabama Ballet. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for NACC students. For tickets and additional information contact Susan Barron at phone ext. *2248.