Bangor Ballet to grace Husson theater

Posted Dec. 28, 2010, at 9:09 p.m.
PHOTO BY MICHAEL HALLAHAN/FINE PRINTS

BANGOR — Bangor Ballet will premiere “New York Concerto,” a new ballet conceived and choreographed by Artistic Director Ivy Forrest on Saturday, Jan. 15, as a benefit for Bangor Ballet at Husson University’s Gracie Theatre.

A reception with cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will begin in the lobby at 5 p.m. with the performance at approximately 6:15 p.m. Admission to the reception and performance is $35.

To reserve seats for the benefit, call 945-3457 or e-mail bangorballet@gmail.com.

With music by George Gershwin and Paul Schoenfield, “New York Concerto” is a kaleidoscopic view of 1920s New York City street life.

Having forgotten his hat in a tavern, Sir Tipsy returns to retrieve it and a shell game ensues. Miss Lonely Heart, a recluse, finally ventures out of her townhouse and pursues an imagined love affair, with disastrous results. Broken Blossom and her children reunite. A pickpocket escapes.

As the story unfolds, the circle tightens and no one is spared except fools and little children.

Additional performances of “New York Concerto” will be presented at:

  • 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Performing Arts Center at the University of Maine at Machias. Snow date is 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9.
  • 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at Ellsworth High School.

Tickets for the shows in Machias and Ellsworth will be available at the door or by contacting Bangor Ballet. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $5 for children and students. In Machias, the cost is also $5 for UMM faculty and staff.

Corporate sponsors of Bangor Ballet include Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker and Machias Savings Bank.

Choreographer Ivy Forrest began her professional career dancing for George Balanchine with the New York City Ballet at the age of 15.

She became a soloist for the Joffrey Ballet at age 16 and a principal dancer at 17, the year she graduated from the Professional Children’s School in New York City.

She has danced with or alongside many of the foremost dancers of the 20th century, including Rudolf Nureyev, Gelsey Kirkland, Erik Bruhn, Suzanne Farrell, Melissa Hayden, Edward Villella and Maria Tallchief.

Forrest also has worked with some of the century’s most famous choreographers, including Glen Tetley and Louis Johnson as well as Balanchine and Joffrey.

Forrest has been director of the ballet department at Thomas School of Dance since 1991 and is the founding artistic director of Bangor Ballet.

Many of her former students have gone on to professional dance careers, and several current students featured in “New York Concerto” have recently attended prestigious summer dance programs, including the School of American Ballet (New York City Ballet’s school, where Forrest trained), Suzanne Farrell’s Ballet Intensive, the Joffrey Ballet in New York City, Walnut Hill, American Academy of Ballet at Purchase College, Ballet Magnificat in Mississippi and The Rockettes in New York City.

Since 1994 Bangor Ballet has been providing performance opportunities for talented and dedicated young dancers and offering quality live dance for audiences near and far. For more information, visit www.bangorballet.com, call 945-3457 or email bangorballet@gmail.com.

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