The New Orleans Ballet Association welcomes the exquisite Stars of American Ballet to the Mahalia Jackson Theater for one performance only on Friday, November 7 at 8 pm. This glamorous classical ballet evening is a rare opportunity for audiences to see some of today’s most remarkable dancers hand-picked from New York City Ballet (NYCB) and Houston Ballet. They will perform a stylish, tailor-made program of works by some of the most important dance makers of our time including icons George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon and Jerome Robbins.
New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Daniel Ulbricht directs and performs with this elite ensemble of top stars from NYCB, including principal dancers Teresa Reichlen, Amar Ramasar, Sterling Hyltin and Jared Angle, soloists Georgina Pazcoguin and Craig Hall, and Houston Ballet principal Connor Walsh and soloist Lauren Strongin. Local audiences will enjoy another performance by New York City Ballet super star Wendy Whelan, who bid farewell to a 30 year career with NYCB on October 18 in front of a packed house that sold out within minutes. Whelan last appeared in New Orleans for the NOBA commissioned duet with Desmond Richardson choreographed by Complexions Contemporary Ballet Artistic Director Dwight Rhoden to the music of Nicholas Payton.
The program will feature Whelan and dance partner Hall in two Wheeldon masterpieces created especially for her, This Bitter Earth (2012) with music by Max Richter and Dinah Washington, and After the Rain (2005), music by Arvo Pärt. Both works will be performed with live violin and piano. The first half of the evening’s program features more intimate and virtuoso duets, including two Balanchine classics, Duo Concertant (1972) with music by Igor Stravinsky and The Man I Love from Who Cares? (1970), to music by George and Ira Gershwin. Ulbricht will rock the house with his bravura solo, Tango, set to music by Astor Piazzolla, and Houston Ballet’s Walsh and Strongin charm in Stanton Welch’s Sons de L’âme (Sounds of the Soul), set to Chopin.
The grand finale is Robbins’ beloved master work about the escapades of three footloose sailors on shore leave in Manhattan, Fancy Free (1944). As Robbins’ first ballet and his first collaboration with the then up-and coming composer Leonard Bernstein, Fancy Free is the brilliant precursor to the full-length stage and screen productions of On the Town and “a classic that both captures the time of its creation and stands as timeless.” (The New York Times) A per-performance talk with director and dancer Daniel Ulbricht will be at 7:00 pm on Mezzanine M2 of the Mahalia Jackson Theater.
Tickets for Stars of American Ballet start at $24 and may be purchased through the New Orleans Ballet
Association Box Office at (504) 522-0996 or online at www.NOBAdance.com, and through Ticketmaster
(800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups.
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