Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet invites you to put on your glad rags and step into the 1920s at Dallas’ Old Pump House (aka The Sammons Center for the Arts) for the encore presentation of Blind Tiger.
Blind Tiger features three original works designed to transport patrons back a hundred years to an era of jazz, bootlegging and the fight for women’s rights. The program opens with the premiere of Artistic Director Emilie Skinner’s The Bugatti Queen – The Story of Hellé Nice set to music by George Gershwin. Set up as a faux documentary in-the-making, the piece explores the life of the famous French cabaret dancer and racecar driver who rose to stardom and then fell hard into poverty and despair.
The second premiere of the night is by guest choreographer and artist-in-residence, Rubén Gerding. Gerding sets his mini-ballet, Pulcinella, along the original storyline of the 18th-century Italian comedy, Quartre Polichinelles semblables (“Four Identical Pulcinellas”). Inspired by the Ballets Russes’ Pulcinella, which originally premiered on May 20, 1920 with music by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by Léonid Massine, Gerding has this to say about the re-staging of this piece, “Although I lack access to Massine’s original choreography, I have always admired Massine’s love of larger than life characters, folk dance, and comedic mix-ups, and I created from those ingredients in my own version. As clichéd as it may be, the story of the Pulcinella, with its jealous lovers, magic, and resurrection is ultimately about how, in the end, we are more alike than we are different.”
The final piece of the evening is Emilie Skinner’s A Day in the Life of Florence Louise – a comedic ballet that premiered at last year’s Blind Tiger program. The ballet follows a day in the life of one particular couple whose flirtatious tendencies and roller-coaster of emotions culminates in a surprisingly delightful ending. Rhythmic Souls Tap Company will return for a special feature that brings a level of joy and excitement to the piece true to the art of tap dance.
Seating is limited and set up in the round giving patrons an intimate perspective of the performance. Pick up your tickets today before the program sells out!
“As one of our final performances of the season, we plan to go out with a bang,” says DNCB Artistic Director Emilie Skinner. “My goal is to offer unique experiences for the Dallas community and prove just how fun the ballet can be. We encourage everyone to dress up in 1920’s fashion. It’s going to be the cat’s meow, the tadpole’s teddies and the bullfrog’s beard all rolled into one!”
ABOUT DNCB: Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet (DNCB), a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, was founded in August 2011. DNCB seeks to collaborate with DFW-based dancers, artists and musicians in order to bring innovative, well-rounded performances to the community.