February 2006
Ballet Review



Nevada Ballet Theatre Upcoming Presentations Sure To Please
NBT's February Performances of Mozart To Glenn Miller Truly Fabulous

Midsummer Night's Dream
March 17–19, Friday 8:00 p.m., Saturday 2:00 p.m., Sunday 4:30 p.m.
Judy Bayley Theatre, UNLV Performing Arts Center
Choreography: Bruce Steivel, Artistic Director NBT
Costumes: Christina Giannini, NBT
Score: Felix Mendelssohn

"A Palace. A Forest. A Wedding. All three enchanted and magical! Nevada Ballet Theatre brings to you a spellbinding story ballet, based on the original Shakespearian play, complete with lavish sets and colorful costumes." The cozy Judy Bayley Theatre is the perfect venue to enjoy the exceptional NBT's dance company as they dance Bruce Steivel's ballet version of this classic tale. The mythical woods surrounding Athens are waiting for you, as they "come to life with fairies, cupids, and sprites." NBT plans "trickery and romance to come together, creating a night that will transport every audience member from reality to fantasy!"

May 12–14, 2006
Judy Bayley Theatre, UNLV
Choreography: Kathryn Posin Music: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Scheherazade "is a sensory feast, filled with harem girls, a Golden Slave, love, infidelity, and revenge. Based on the original Ballet Russes' storyline that caused a sensation when it premiered in Paris in 1910, and set to Rimsky-Korsakov's stirring masterpiece, Scheherazade tells the story of a jealous sultan who fears his harem is unfaithful in his absence."

As a special bonus, Bruce Steivel's rousing ballet, The Class will also be on the program.

After the fabulous performances February 3–4 (review below), it is easy to assure you these presentations are guaranteed to follow the NBT invitation to 'share the joy' of their ballets. Visit them on the web at www.nevadaballet.com for all performance info, as well as the history of NBT, the classes offered and the Academy address in Summerlin.

REVIEW of February Performances
Mozart To Glenn Miller
Classic Crossings III

February 3rd & 4th saw a full audience in attendance for three vignettes which showcased NBT's excellent dance company. It was an exhilarating program. NBT has developed a tradition of dedicating an evening of blended forms, classical and modern ballets—their Classic Crossings Program (CCP). Mozart to Glenn Miller combined classical ballet set to Mozart, as well as a World Premiere in classical form with a humorous twist to the dance form, and then a wonderfully elegant set of dances synchronized to a rousing blend of Big Band era music.

This third of the CCP program, Mozart To Glenn Miller, was devoted to just such a blend of classical and modern. It was truly a pleasurable evening, as the curtains parted for what was referred to as a mixed repertory presentation.

Roy Tobias choreographed the first segment in the classical style. Mozart, based on works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and dancers in traditional costumes, the form pleased everyone, especially hard-core ballet enthusiasts.

February 3rd was the World Premiere of New Work, a modern ballet by Peter Anastos, a choreographer known for his entertaining programs of merriment with a light, comedic touch. It was a high-energy frolic. NBT's dancers gleefully performed in bright red costumes, conveying the mirth typical of Anastos creations. Anastos and NBT's dancers amused even the crankiest of guests in tow.

Bruce Steivel choreographed the final segment, In The Mood. Mr. Steivel, NBT's Artistic Director, with a career total of seventeen choreographed works, incorporated classical ballet alongside whimsical versions of the jitterbug set to big band tunes. The dancer's energy was in high gear as they whirled through Steivel's choreography.

NBT's beautifully costumed dancers divested themselves nicely. Their talent and style apparent, their performances filled an enticing hour of brilliant (and witty) and always graceful movement set to music—classical to modern.

NBT's February Classic Crossings Program was a first-rate offering with Mozart to Glenn Miller—definitely see their next ballets!  

Reviewed by:

Carol Lane Paterson





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