Press Release

Dream event for local dancers

ST. ANDREWS, New Brunswick – “A Dancer’s Dream” in high definition will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Huntsman Fundy Discovery Aquarium in St. Andrews.

The one-of-a-kind film event will feature the complete production, behind-the-scenes footage on Stravinsky’s history with the New York Philharmonic, with video and other never-before-seen material from the New York Philharmonic Digital Archives.  The show was recorded live in New York City at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall June 27-29.

Blending music with dance, live animation, prerecorded video, puppetry and circus arts, “A Dancer’s Dream” blurs the lines between reality and imagination, audience and performer. The production turned the Avery Fisher Hall into a dream world through costumes, sets, staging and live filmmaking in which a real-time feed of musicians, puppets and miniatures was projected above the orchestra.  Using Stravinsky’s “The Fairy’s Kiss” and “Petrushka,” the production chronicles the story of a young woman and her dream of becoming a dancer. Entranced by the music, she is “kissed” by the passion to become an artist and drawn into the performance, dancing to the complete score of  “The Fairy’s Kiss.” By the second act, she has completed her transformation into an artist, becoming Columbine in “Petrushka.”

“A Dancer’s Dream” was conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert and stars New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns in a production created by Giants Are Small.

For information on the screening at the aquarium’s Dunn Science Theatre, go to huntsmanmarine.ca or call 529-1200.

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