Culture Connect Featured Event
Ballet Theatre Company (BTC) of West Hartford, Connecticut, presents its 15th annual spring performance season on Saturday May 4, 2013 at the Hoffman Auditorium. The featured work is the premiere of “Tales of Peter Rabbit”, a one-act ballet based on the children’s stories of Beatrix Potter. Under the artistic direction of Roman Baca, the ballet has additional choreography by Ruth Vesenka Lewis, Carolyn Paine and Kate Sulikowski. Costume design and execution is by Catherine Savino. Professional dancers from New York City’s Exit 12 Dance Company will join BTC’s Junior Company and 25 additional children from Ballet Theatre Academy on stage.
Also on the program is “Les Sylphides”. The classic “white” ballet, originally choreographed by Michel Fokine in 1909. This romantic reverie is considered to be the first classical ballet without a storyline. It is set to the music of Chopin. Dancing the lead roles are: Exit 12's Aaron Atkins, Meaghan Doherty, Lisa Fitzgerald, Taylor Gordon, Paige Grimard and Chloe Slade. Filling out the corps de ballet are 8 dancers from BTC II, an ensemble of BTC’s most advanced students.
The BTC II dancers will also perform “Allegro Classico”, an original ballet choreographed by Tracy Dorman and set to the music of Mendelssohn.
Rounding out the program is “Peaceable Kingdom”, an original contemporary ballet choreographed by Ruth Vesenka Lewis. “Peaceable Kingdom” was presented as a work-in-progress at the Hill-Stead Museum in February to highlight an exhibit of bronze animal sculptures by Antoine-Louis Barye. This piece features BTC students and professional dancers from Dimensional Dance Company: Matisse Madden, Janet Simone Parks and Arien Wilkerson.
Ballet Theatre Company is supported in part by the United Arts Campaign of the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the CT Office of the Arts, Department of Economic and Community Development, Fund for Greater Hartford, Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, Ensworth Charitable Trust, and J. Walton Bissell Foundation. Ballet Theatre Company is a 501c-3 not-for profit organization.
Performances:· Saturday May 4 at 1:00 PM · Saturday May 4 at 5:30 PM
Location: Carol Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities on the University of Saint Joseph Campus, 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford , Connecticut, 06117
For tickets call 860-570-0440 or visit dancebtc.org
$30, seniors - $25, children 12 and under - $20