Robinson Ballet to present two shows

Posted April 03, 2013, at 8:52 a.m.
Sadie Webb and Tom Boss of the Robinson Ballet will dance in &quotAladdin" in the Robinson Ballet LIVE Youth Matinee at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6 and 13, at the Bangor Opera House.
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Sadie Webb and Tom Boss of the Robinson Ballet will dance in "Aladdin" in the Robinson Ballet LIVE Youth Matinee at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6 and 13, at the Bangor Opera House.

BANGOR — Athleticism, artistry, mood, movement, poetry, emotion, imagination, and unbridled joy are just some of the elements that will make Robinson Ballet LIVE 2013 an event dance enthusiasts won’t want to miss.

Elements of the show include:

• “The West Side,” which follows the famed “West Side Story” plot of two rival gangs in New York City’s Upper West Side. Robinson Ballet choreographer Stevie Dunham creates a unique West Side experience. Dunham’s choreography, a compilation of jazz and Latin dance styles, brings the street to the stage. The highly energetic performance features dancers Sunny Hitt and Sam Borer as the star-crossed lovers fighting against the odds to be together in a world that keeps pulling them apart.

• “Alex Supertramp” rejects the parents, abandons possessions and conventional life, encounters life-shaping characters and hitchhikes to the wilderness in search of isolation and solitude. Loosely based on the Krakauer non-fiction book “Into the Wild.” Choreography by Terry Lacy.

• “4in Bodiez.” The term foreign body, being defined as ‘any object originating outside the human body’ implies an invasion of the person who encounters it. A foreign body can be introduced through disease as a virus, through a wound as a splinter or a bullet; or alternatively, as a concept of what a foreign body is, and the process of fighting it or accepting it. Choreography by Keith Robinson.

• “Suite Espanole,” a short collection of dances choreographed to the music of Manuel de

Falla’s “Three Cornered Hat.” Choreographed by Robinson Ballet Founding Artistic Director Ralph Robinson and Maureen Robinson.

Sunny Hitt grew up dancing across Maine with Ivy Forrest, Bossov Ballet Theatre and

Robinson Ballet. She earned a bachelor’s degree in dance from Marlboro College in Vermont.

Sam Borer started dancing when he was 11 by joining a competition dance group. He attended Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists to train with some of the best dance instructors in the industry. He has won numerous titles at a state and national level.

Robinson Ballet LIVE 2013 will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 5, 6, 12 and 13, at the Bangor Opera House.

Robinson Ballet’s Youth Matinee will feature “Aladdin,” with choreography by Maureen Robinson. “Aladdin” will be performed at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6 and 13, at the Bangor Opera House.

To obtain tickets, call the Bangor Opera House/Penobscot Theatre at 942-3333 or go to

www.penobscottheatre.org/, go to ‘Other Events,’ find the Robinson Ballet show

information and click the link ‘purchase tickets here.’ Tickets for Robinson Ballet LIVE 2013 are $15, $10 seniors, $5 children and students. College students must show photo ID.

Youth matinee tickets are $5.

Deighan Associates and Walla Photography are sponsors of Robinson Ballet.

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