Continuing its partnership with SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts Division of Music, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet presents Myth & Magick, a two-act performance including ballets 'Mercure' and 'The Rite of Spring', set in the round at the Sammons Center for the Arts.
Act I opens with a re-staging of composer Erik Satie’s 'Mercure' from 1924. The Ballets Russes work originally included costumes and sets by Picasso with choreography by Léonide Massine and featured characters derived from Greek and Roman mythology, including Apollo, Venus and of course, Mercury. Without any record of the original movement, 'Mercure' will be completely re-envisioned by DNCB Ballet Mistress, Erin Boone. SMU's contemporary music ensemble, SYZYGY provides live music again this season, under the direction of Lane Harder. *Also included in Act I, will be an original work by a composition student of the Meadows School of the Arts Division of Music.
Act II brings Stravinsky’s 1913 groundbreaking 'The Rite of Spring' to life with an all-female cast of dancers and artists, showcasing the strength and power of the women of Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet. Working with Dallas-based artists Heather Lynn (Spirit of Salt), Lea Zablocki (Etoile Brillante) and Amanda Dunnavant on visuals for the ballet, Artistic Director Emilie Skinner will re-stage the piece, assisted by Whitney Hart, based on original choreography by the great Vaslav Nijinsky. The score will be performed live, as a piano four hands duet.
Stick around for a post-performance reception on the second floor of the Sammons Center for the Arts.