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‘Les Sylphides and Different Works’ opens season fantastically at Ballet Theatre of Maryland


Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s manufacturing of Les Sylphides and Different Works is a enjoyable solution to open the 2022-23season. The 4 brief items in this system, carried out at Maryland Corridor for the Artistic Arts in addition to live-streamed, are a celebration of motion.

Les Sylphides, a 1909 ballet choreographed by Mikhail Fokine and staged by Samantha Collen, is an actual thrill, with the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra performing the music of Frederic Chopin reside. Lauren and Isaac Martinez as a Pas de Deux elevate and spin one another fantastically, whereas Cindy Case gracefully glides throughout the stage within the Waltz Variation, and Victoria Siracusa expertly extends her legs and arms within the Mazurka Variation. Corps members Future Billot, Karen Fleming, Olivia Fohsz, Jenna Fritts, Anne Gutcher, Meredith Hardin, Sarah Hoffman, Madeline Jones, Mia Koshansky, Emma Lane, Brenna Mazzara, Clara Molina, Rachael Spicer, Julia Walden, Victoria Walpole, and Isabella Warshaw create additional beautiful pictures by forming teams of 4 and shifting previous one another.

Scene from Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s manufacturing of ‘Les Sylphides.’ DCTA display shot.

Move and Ebb, choreographed by Soloist Cindy Case, strikes like a fast-running stream to Claude Debussy’s “Finale” of Piano Trio in G Main. Future Billot spins and extends her arms as if reaching for one thing, whereas Arielin Anderson, Samantha Apgar, Kristen Faraclas, Gabrilla Femia, Karen Fleming, Ellie Items, Meredith Hardin, Emma Lane, Audrey Martin, Emily Moreland, Katheryn Muscarella, Eliza Promote, Rachael Spicer, and Victoria Walpole spin in circles, lean into one another, and push off one another.

Sapphire Romance, with choreography by founding Creative Director Edward Stewart, is an lively romp to Rachmaninoff’s music. The Pas de Six of Amanda Cobb, Hannah Hanson, Cassandra Hope, Madison Sweeney, Rowan Treece, and Catherine Welch leap throughout the stage in twos and threes. The Pas de Quatre of Lindsey Bell, River Byrd, Emily Carey, and Alexander Collen spin one another round with beautiful leg extensions. Sarah Jung and Ryan Massey as a Pas de Deux elevate and carry one another throughout the stage, shifting with grace and energy.

Hijinks and Lullabies, with motion impressions and unique story by visitor choreographer Keith Lee, is a colourful piece of humorous dance. Chickadees Caroline Anderson, Carrie Cornelius, Anne Gutcher, and Sarah Jung, led by Lauren Martinez, transfer throughout the stage like chickens, swaying and even clucking. Isaac Martinez leaps and spins, but in addition rolls on the ground and lip-syncs to the music of Gustav Mahler. River Byrd spins a ship’s wheel whereas extending his legs. Emily Carey glides throughout trying forlorn. Whereas the ballet’s material is obscure, it is filled with humorous moments and beautiful actions.

‘Les Sylphides’ promotion photograph courtesy of Ballet Theatre of Maryland.

Costume Designers Karissa Kralik, Caroline Anderson, Amanda Cobb, Sarah Hoffman, Clara Molina, Isabella Warshaw, and Karen Kralik have totally different outfits for each bit. Les Sylphides places the dancers in white attire, whereas Move and Ebb has them in varied shades of blue, and SapphireRomance makes use of darkish blue outfits. For Hijinks and Lullabies, Alyssa Taylor’s costume design completely distinguishes every dancer as a selected character. Lighting Designer Stacie Johnson-Leske bathes the stage in swiftly altering blue, inexperienced, and purple gentle for Sapphire Romance, whereas preserving the lights low for Hijinks and Lullabies.

Every ballet is totally different, however linked by stunning, artistic dancing. It could have been beautiful if the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra might carry out the music for all 4 items. Nonetheless, the performances make for an exquisite night and an auspicious starting to the brand new season.

Working Time: Roughly 2 hours, together with a 15-minute intermission.

Les Sylphides and Different Works performs Saturday, October 8, 2022, at 7 PM and Sunday, October 9, at 2 PM at Maryland Corridor for the Artistic Arts – 801 Chase Road, Annapolis, MD. Performances may be seen on-line by means of reside streaming. For tickets ($30–$50), name the field workplace at 410-224-5644 or buy on-line.

The web program is offered right here.

Covid Security: Masks are elective contained in the constructing and theater.

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