An evening of groundbreaking choreography that both defines and broadens the definition of classical ballet. This performance includes two brand new works from Artistic Director Ib Andersen and Ballet Arizona dancer Nayon Iovino.
Andersen’s new work, Rio, is set to Philip Glass’ Days and Nights in Rocinha. It pulls inspiration from the vitality and energy of Brazil and the social dances performed there. Andersen’s choreography and direction have received high praise from The New York Times senior dance critic Alastair Macaulay. In 2016, Andersen’s presentation of Round inspired Macaulay to deem Ballet Arizona “one of the most enterprising companies anywhere.”
“When Ballet Arizona performs the work of contemporary choreographers, we broaden the perspective of both the dancers and the audience.”
– Ib Andersen, Artistic Director
In his third work on the Orpheum stage, Rigged Games, Iovino creates a performance to the Igor Stravinsky work Jeu de Cartes (Game of Cards). The work showcases Iovino’s creativity through the lens of orchestral music, an evolution from the contemporary musical genre that inspired Iovino’s early works. The work delves into the different aspects of a person’s mind, with each personality expressing itself at each change of the music.
The grand and classical Paquita, staged after Marius Petipa’s original 1881 choreography, is a compilation of divertissements from the full-length ballet. Petipa is considered the “father of classical ballet” and his masterpieces such as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote are still mainstays of ballet.
Choreography: Ib Andersen, Marius Petipa and Nayon Iovino
Music: Ludwig Minkus, Igor Stravinsky
Get an inside look at the production being performed at our special
Pre & Post-Performance Chats!
Pre-Performance Chats are held 45 minutes before each of the following shows.
Thursday, March 23, 7 pm
Friday, March 24, 7:30 pm
A Post-Performance Chat will be held 15 minutes after the following performance.
Saturday, March 25, 2 pm
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