Ballet Arkansas Springs in to Motion

SpringIntoMotionWeb2World premiere choreography as well as classic ballet performed by Ballet Arkansas’ Professional Company is coming to the stage at The Arkansas Repertory Theater.

Ballet Arkansas’ new concert, Spring into Motion, will run from April 5-7, 2013 at The Rep. Directed by former Ballet Arkansas dancer Michael Bearden – currently a principal dancer at Ballet West in Salt Lake City – Spring into Motion will not only present dances by national choreographers, but also showcase the immense physical talents of Ballet Arkansas’ Professional Company.

“This show brings Arkansas audiences high-quality choreographers who are currently creating works on ballet companies throughout the country,” Bearden said. In addition to classics such as Don Quixote and Black Swan, Spring into Motion boasts two newly commissioned works by nationally known choreographers Darrell Grand Moultrie and Peter Zweifel, as well as a contemporary work titled Mobile, which has recently delighted audiences of Joffrey Ballet Co., San Francisco Ballet and Kansas City Ballet.

Spring into Motion marks an important step in the evolution of Ballet Arkansas. For the first time, the company will perform at Arkansas Repertory Theatre in downtown Little Rock.   This production will be the first collaboration between Ballet Arkansas and The Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and “this collaboration adds a new dimension to what arts patrons can enjoy on The Rep stage,” said Bob Hupp, producing artistic director at Arkansas Rep.

Tickets are available through The Rep box office at (501) 378-0405 or online at http://www.balletarkansas.org.  Tickets are $35 for Orchestra and First Mezzanine seating and $30 for Second Mezzanine seating. Spring into Motion will open Friday, April 5, 2013 with an evening performance starting at 7:30 p.m. Other show times include an evening performance on Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. Student Matinees for Spring into Motion at The Rep are currently scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on April 3, 4, and 5 for statewide student groups.

Spring into Motion will travel to the University of Central Arkansas’ Reynolds Center for a student matinee and an evening performance on Thursday, April 18. Show times include 1:00 p.m. for the student matinee and 7:30 p.m. for the evening performance. To purchase tickets for the evening performance, visit http://uca.edu.ticketforce.com/. All student matinee program reservations can be made by calling (501) 223-5150 or emailing erin@balletarkansas.org for reservation information.

Ballet Arkansas: Open Master Class with Peter Zweifel

FBLOGO 2Former Texas Ballet Theater artist, Peter Zweifel, will teach a master class for dancers in the Ballet Arkansas studio at Shuffles & Ballet II, 1521 Merrill Drive, in Little Rock on Sunday, January 13.  The class begins at 3 pm and will conclude at 5 pm.
This class is the third in a series of Master Classes to be taught by Ballet Arkansas’ guest choreographers and guest dancers throughout the 2012-2013 Season.  Mr. Zweifel is choreographing a new work for Ballet Arkansas’ spring concert, Spring into Motion, which premieres at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre April 5-7, 2013.
It will take place at the Ballet Arkansas Studio at Shuffles & Ballet II (1521 Merrill Drive).  Please arrive early to register.  The class fee is $25 and the observer fee is $15.  Both participants and observer numbers are limited; advance reservations are required. Email info@balletarkansas.org to reserve your spot. Female dancers should bring pointe shoes. 

PETEROriginally from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Peter Zweifel began his ballet training at the Jean Wolfmeyer School of Dance. After continuing his studies at the Virginia School of the Arts and Houston Ballet Academy, Mr. Zweifel joined Texas Ballet Theater where he danced for eight seasons under artistic director Ben Stevenson.

While at Texas Ballet Theater, Mr. Zweifel enjoyed dancing principal roles in Ben Stevenson’s Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Dracula, Cleopatra, Giselle, Mozart’s Requiem, Endangered Species, and Four Last Songs. He also performed principal roles in Val Caniparoli’s Lamborena and Dominic Walsh’s Flames of Eros, as well as a soloist role in George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations. In 2011, he was awarded the Ben Stevenson Award for Excellence.

Mr. Zweifel first began choreographing as a student at the Virginia School of the Arts and has since choreographed for various national and international ballet schools. He has multiple ballets in Texas Ballet Theater’s repertoire including “Absence,” “Sweet and Tangy,” “Glimpse,” “Love Always Remains,” and “The Finding.”

In December of 2010, he was named by Dallas Modern Luxury Magazine as one of the top ten artists to watch, and in 2006 he received a New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship Initiative Grant. In the summer of 2012, Mr. Zweifel moved to New York City to attend Parsons The New School for Design.