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Diaghilev Imagery features world premieres of ballets by Amy Seiwert and Robert Moses, and a West Coast premiere by Graham LustigMay 10-11, 2013Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Oakland CA
March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Oakland Ballet Company presents its spring season program
Diaghilev Imagery, a fresh take on tradition that ties the exceptional artistry of the Bay Area dance community to some of the most inspiring masterworks of classical ballet. The program features three intimate new ballets by acclaimed choreographers
Robert Moses (both world premieres), and company Artistic Director
Graham Lustig(West Coast premiere), that draw inspiration from Sergei Diaghilev's iconic Ballets Russes while celebrating Oakland Ballet's long history of preserving the legacy of that esteemed institution. Each choreographer re-imagines works originally commissioned by Diaghilev – who in his day brought together some of the greatest composers, choreographers, dancers and artists for new collaborations – and it is in that spirit of creation and innovation that Seiwert, Moses and Lustig offer exciting new choreography with modern interpretations of
Le Spectre de la Rose and
Pulcinella, set to the original music scores. Performances are
Friday May 10 at
Saturday May 11 at
8pm in the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street. Tickets are
$20 children/students). For information and to purchase tickets visit
www.oaklandballet.org or call (510) 893-3132.
Amy Seiwert, artistic director of
Amy Seiwert's Imagery, brings her vision to
Les Biches, with a score by Francis Poulenc that reflects his fascination with early jazz.
Les Biches was presented by Oakland Ballet in 1982 in the original Ballets Russes staging, and now Seiwert bases her version on a modern-day host giving a party. In
Le Spectre de la Rose,
Robert Moses, artistic director of
Robert Moses' Kin, re-conceives one of the most famous ballets choreographed for the Ballets Russes, with a score by
Carl Maria von Weber, delving into the sensuality of the ballet's young protagonist, and exploring imagery from the original French poem that inspired the work, in the context of a modern text by hip hop artist
Pulcinella, set to Igor Stravinsky's cheery score, premiered in 2011 to critical acclaim at the
Princeton Festival and now makes its West Coast debut.
SOURCE Oakland Ballet Company