Ghostly doings at Centenary College October 30
By njb on Friday, June 11 2010
Don’t miss this “Ghosts of Ballet” program featuring dramatic tales of lost loves and spooky goings-on Saturday, October 30, 8:00 PM at Centenary College’s new Lackland Theatre.
“Ghosts of Ballet” highlights include Act II of Giselle, one of the great classics of all time, and the New Jersey premiere of The Raven, a dramatic re-telling of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem about love and loss by New York-based choreographer David Fernandez.
One of the most popular ballets in the classical repertory, Giselle has attracted the best dancers in the world to fill its leading roles since 1841. In the first act, Giselle discovers her would-be fiancé, Duke Albrecht, is already betrothed to another, she dies of a broken heart.
Act II takes place in a graveyard in the woods, in an area ruled by wilis – vengeful ghosts of jilted brides, sworn to destroy any man who ventures into their realm. Repenting his perfidy, Albrecht arrives, and the spirit of Giselle must rise and use the strength of her love to protect him from a terrible fate.
The Raven, based on one of the most famous poems in the English language, tells of a strange bird’s midnight visit to a young man who is losing his mind over a lost love. The bird’s incessant repetition of the refrain, “Nevermore,” sends the young man spiraling into madness. Mexican-born contemporary choreographer David Fernandez has created dances for numerous companies, competitions and festivals, including a spectacular solo for New York City Ballet principal Joaquin de Luz for this season’s international Kings of Dance Tour.