Robinson Ballet readies for April shows

Posted March 25, 2009, at 4:36 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 10:45 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Robinson Ballet, under the artistic direction of Keith Robinson and Maureen Lynch, will present Robinson Ballet Live ’09 at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 3-4, at the Bangor Opera House; and 7 p.m. April 10-11 at The Grand in Ellsworth.

Tickets are $14, $10 seniors, $8 children and students with photo ID. To purchase tickets, call 942-3333 or go online at http://boxoffice.printtixusa.com/penobscot/eventcalendar?v=&i=0&m=4&y=2009.

In addition, Robinson Ballet artistic director and choreographer Maureen Lynch will bring children’s matinee audiences the delights of “The Little Tailor” and “Once Upon A Time” at 3 p.m. Saturdays, April 4, in Bangor and April 11 in Ellsworth. Tickets are $5 in both Bangor and Ellsworth.

Robinson Ballet Live ’09 will be an evening of dance in rich and dazzling styles with choreography by five artists and performances by three guests.

Guest artists for the performance are dancer Ian Robinson, dancer and choreographer Aszure Barton and choreographer Courtney Porter.

Robinson was born in Bangor and graduated from Brewer High School. He moved to New York City to pursue a career in dance, graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2006.

He performed with Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Complexions Contemporary Ballet of New York and Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance. He is a member of Aszure Barton’s Aszure & Artists.

Robinson’s work has taken him around the world. He works as Aszure Barton’s collaborative assistant and joined her for a new creation in Sydney, Australia, and recently a new work in California. Robinson will perform pieces choreographed by and with Barton.

Aszure & Artists Foundation is an organization dedicated to the growth of artists and production of contemporary dance performance. She has been commissioned to create works for Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance, Fany-Yi Sheu, National Ballet of Canada, Sydney Dance Company, American Ballet Theater II, The Juilliard School, Les Ballets jazz de Montreal and The Martha Graham Dance Company.

She choreographed the Broadway production of “The Threepenny Opera” and has been an artist-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center since 2005. She met Ian Robinson in February 2006 and said she knew instantly that she wanted to work with him.

Choreographer Courtney Porter is a native of Portland and a 1996 graduate of the University of Southern Maine. She had taught ballroom dance for 13 years and is certified by the Imperial Society of Teachers. She has been teaching ballroom dance at the Belfast Dance Studio since 2003.

Porter is choreographing a swing piece for eight that promises to “break tradition without sacrificing all we expect and love about this particular dance style,” she said. Porter also will dance the tango and the Latin Samba.

Keith Robinson spent much of his youth riding with the Arapahoe Hunt Club in Colorado. It is from these memories that he has created a light-hearted romp featuring a foxhunt to music by Antonio Vivaldi. The ballet is complete with a huntsman and his hounds, horses and their riders, and of course a “foxy” fox.

Terry Lacy explores the sensual world of “Carmina Burana.” The plotted choreography by Lacy and Molly Schenck uses the Carl Orff score of “Carmina Burana.”

In this interpretation, a dying corporate magnate and his wife meet with their sons to decide which should become the next chief executive officer of their jointly owned company. Mature themes.

Stephanie Dunham plumbs the subconscious mind in Oneiric Memories. Inspired by the growing diagnosis rate of dementia and similar illnesses, OM transverses a web of memories and dreams, leaving the viewer to delineate truth from delirium — if any distinction can or should be made.

Robinson Ballet Live ’09 also will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 10-11, at The Grand in Ellsworth. Tickets are $14, $10 seniors, $8 children and students with photo ID. To purchase tickets there call 667-9500 or visit www.grandonline.org/.

“The Little Tailor” is taken from the Grimm fairy tale of the same name, in which the little tailor is busily sewing when a young woman passes by selling cream. The luscious smell of the cream draws flies to the tailor, who takes a cloth from his table and kills seven of the pesky flies.

Thinking himself quite the clever fellow, he embroiders himself a belt that reads “7 With One Blow.” He eventually comes to the attention of the king, who promises him the hand of his daughter if he rids the kingdom of three threats — and the adventure begins.

“Once Upon A Time” is a ballet set to the first movement of Keith Emerson’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with the story of an enchanted wood of dryads, nymphs, pixies and fairies.

“The Little Tailor” and “Once Upon a Time” will be performed at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Bangor Opera House. Tickets are $5 for children and adults. To purchase, call 942-3333 or visit http://boxoffice.printtixusa.com/penobscot/eventcalendar?v=&i=0&m=4&y=2009.

The show at The Grand in Ellsworth will be performed at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased by calling 667-9500.

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