The Dubuque City Youth Ballet 50th Anniversary
Friday, March 16th @ 7:30pm
Saturday, March 17th @ 7:30pm
Sunday, March 18th @ 2:00pm
About the Program:
The Dubuque City Youth Ballet was first formed in 1968, and made its debut performance at the University of Northern Iowa, as guests of the UNI symphony orchestra, Donald Wendt, Conductor. Fifty years later, the repertory is rich with Russian ballets, world-wide favorites and dozens of original works.
This program, lovingly produced by director Marina O’Rourke and Artist-in Residence Megan MacLeod, presents an array of ballet styles that make the Dubuque City Youth Ballet what it is today: a dynamic, rich, technically superior company of young dancers.
Tribute to Tanya – Of all the students Tatiana Bechenova, founder of the Dubuque City Youth Ballet, taught at the Academy of Ballet, the “dancers in pink” were her favorites. She called them ‘the real ballerinas.’ Even up to the final weeks of Tanya’s life, she would attend the Friday classes, embrace the youngest dancers, and offer them encouragement.
Les Sylphides – An icon of early 20th century ballet, Les Sylphides is the essence of grace, elegance and harmony. Choreographed by Michel Fokine and danced to the music of Chopin, this was the first ballet performed by the Dubuque City Youth Ballet, when the company made its debut on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa. The difficulty of the dancing is masked by the incredible illusion of ease and peacefulness.
Swan Lake, Act Three: The Princesses – Swan Lake is a staple ballet of the DCYB. While the audiences have always found the dances of the swans to be familiar, there is particular delight in the dances of the Princesses. In this excerpt, Prince Seigfried is asked to choose among four beautiful Princesses who vie for his favor. He chooses none for his queen, until the mysterious Odile arrives, and steals his heart. The sumptuous scenery and glorious costumes are a standard for the DCYB.
The Grand Pas de Deux from the ballet Don Quixote – Artist-in-Residence Megan MacLeod, and guest dancer Francis Mihm partner together to present the bravura grand pas from the ballet Don Quixote. The ballet, adapted from the novel by Cervantes, demands a dynamic, highly trained male dancer. Francis received his training from the DCYB, and is now a ballet major at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. Presented will be the wedding pas de deux of the Principal dancers of the ballet: Kitri and Basilio.
Polovtsian Dances from the opera Prince Igor – This was Tanya’s favorite ballet when she was a soloist with the Original Ballet Russe, Col. de Basil. Also choreographed by Michel Fokine, this audience pleaser is repeated every five years so every dancer in the company can know the exhilaration of dancing such an incredible ballet. The dances take place in the camp of the Khan, Konchak, where the captured warriors of Prince Igor joyfully assimilate with the tribes.
Under 18 $12