Nevada Ballet Theatre blends humor with ballet
VAIL -The myth that ballet must be serious and highbrow will be challenged Aug. 8 as the Nevada Ballet Theatre brings its unique blend of humor and classical dance to the Ford Amphitheater as part of the 2006 Vail International Dance Festival’s “Different Dimensions” evening.Part of the triple bill that also includes Denver’s Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and ODC/Dance from San Francisco, the Nevada Ballet Theatre will perform “Yes Virginia, Another Piano Ballet,” a piece created and choreographed by the founding director and choreographer of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo member Peter Anastos to the music of Frederic Chopin for the group’s Broadway debut.
The abundance of “piano ballets” that have appeared since Jerome Robbins’ “Dances at a Gathering” premiered in 1969 have sought to humanize the classical ballet dancer and his environment. Piano ballets take the aristocracy out of ballet by presenting dancers as affectionately friendly just plain folks relating to each other in much the same way television talk shows demystify the glamour of Hollywood by featuring noted celebrities discussing laundry problems.The company itself features somewhat nontraditional origins as well. The vision of a professional ballet company based in Las Vegas was brought to life in 1972 when Vassili Sulich – then a principal dancer with the Tropicana Hotel and Casino’s famed Folies Bergere – gathered a group of dancers from the Las Vegas Boulevard entertainment industry and presented a series of dance concerts to an enthusiastic public at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Now in its thirty-fourth season, Nevada Ballet Theatre is a leading force in the establishment of the live performing arts in Nevada. With an ambitious schedule of performances, development of local talent and a commitment to outreach and education, today’s Nevada Ballet Theatre is led by artistic director Bruce Steivel and commands status on the national scale while touching thousands of lives in the Las Vegas Valley every year.Tickets for “Different Dimensions” are priced from $14 to $55 and are available, along with all other Vail International Dance Festival performance tickets, online at http://www.vvf.org or by calling either 845-TIXS (8497) or 888-920-ARTS (2787).
The 2006 Vail International Dance Festival is presented by the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on the festival or the foundation, call 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.Vail, Colorado