Just a few short years ago, Ballet Arkansas pretty much existed to produce the annual production of The Nutcracker. Now, they are in the position to present an evening of six newly commissioned dance pieces! Congratulations to all who have made this possible.
Tonight, Ballet Arkansas kicks off the 2012-2013 season with American Images, an evening of six commissioned works each built around the American cultural landscape. The works are:
A Civil War ballet by Marla Edwards, the ballet’s new Ballet Mistress, herself a former soloist with Ballet Arkansas and a veteran of the Houston Ballet School.
Choreography by Stephanie Thibeault, Associate Professor of Dance at UALR.
Choreography by Michelle Alexander, based on the art and writings of pop culture icon Andy Warhol.
Choreography by Little Rock native Leslie Schickel, which premiered in March, 2012.
A silent-film era pas de deux choreographed by former Ballet Arkansas guest dancer Edmond Cooper
Choreography by Tong Wang, currently assistant professor at University of California – Irvine Department of Dance. Wang is a former principal dancer at Ballet West in Salt Lake City and has worked with Shanghai Ballet, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Dayton Ballet,
and Colorado Ballet, among many others.
The works premiered last night and will continue today at 4:00pm and tomorrow at 2:00pm at Wildwood Park for the Arts. Also, while at Wildwood, enjoy this weekend’s Harvest Festival.