03-13-13-chalotte-blume.gifBallet Classics springs to life on March 17 at Methodist University’s Reeves Auditorium. Ballet Classics, danced by the North Carolina Ballet, is directed by Charlotte Blume and will feature three separate ballets.

The lyric and beautiful “Les Sylphides” is set to music by Chopin and will headline the program. Holst’s The Planets will feature signature pieces “Jupiter” and “Venus.” The third ballet will be “Variations” and “Grande Pas Classique” from Paquita.

“Les Sylphides,” with choreography by Fokine was first presented in Paris by the Russian Ballet in 1909. It was staged by Fokine in 1940 for the American Ballet Theatre and restaged by Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1984. Blume learned the choreography from Fokine in his latter years and has staged the ballet for the North Carolina State Ballet.

The Planets, by composer Holst has bee performed in orchestral and electronic versions. The Tomita electronic version is the best known. The performance will feature Tomita’s electronic rendition of “Venus.” An orchestral rendition of “Jupiter” will accompany the dancers and contains the most well-known musical themes of The Planets. Choreographer Wei Nei has staged The Planets in a modern classic form.

Pasquita was staged for the Russian Imperial Ballet by Petipa in 1847. It was the first work he ever staged. Some 40 years later, Petipa revised the ballet to music by Minkus and that version has endured. “The Finale” and “Grande Pas Classique” remain in the repertory of the American Ballet Theatre. Nei has staged Pasquita for the North Carolina State Ballet.

A performance for Cumberland County and Regional Schools will be offered on March 14, at 10 a.m.

Reservations may be made for both the school and public performances by calling the ballet company at 910-485-4965 or through the company website at www.ncstateballet.com. Tickets are $16 for general seating and may be purchased through quicktixx.com or at the door. Children under 12 are admitted free.

Photo: Jupiter ‘The Bringer of Jollity’ from Holst’s The Planets will be a feature of the North Carolina State Ballet, Ballet Classics, March 17, at Reeves Auditorium, Methodist University. 

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