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Love and mystery abound with twists and turns
as ballet tech ohio performing arts association
presents La Sylphide at the Aronoff September 22-23
Cincinnati, OH --- ballet tech ohio performing arts association presents
the timeless and classical ballet, La Sylphide, at the Jarson-Kaplan
Theater of the Aronoff Center on Friday and Saturday, September 22-23,
2006 at 8PM and at 2PM Saturday, September 23rd. Featuring professional
dancers and the talented pre-professional ballet tech ohio performing
arts association dancers, this full evening length ballet will entertain
audiences of all ages with classical and Scottish music and folk dance
La Sylphide tells the story of the young Scottish farmer, James, who is
visited by and is instantly enchanted by the Sylphide – a tree fairy –
on the eve of his wedding to Effie. That enchantment creates the first
love triangle in the story between James, the Sylph and Effie. James’
cousin, Gurn, is also in love with Effie, which creates the second love
triangle. There’s an evil witch, Madge, who orchestrates the twists and
turns of the love triangles. Abandoning his distraught fiancée, James
follows the Sylph into the mist-shrouded forest among the other tree
fairies. Madge gives James a magic shawl to put around the Sylphide’s
shoulders to transform her into human form, but it is a trick! When the
shawl is placed around her shoulders, the Sylphide’s wings fall off and
she dies. In falling in love with this ethereal otherworldly beauty
James has destroyed his chances of happiness in the real world: he
returns to discover that Effie is now engaged to Gurn. Effie and Gurn's
wedding procession is seen in the background while the Sylphide is born
through the air by her sisters. James collapses lifeless and Madge
exults. Evil has triumphed.
La Sylphide was the first romantic ballet, choreographed by
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filippo_Taglioni> Filippo Taglioni in 1832
for his daughter <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Taglioni> Marie
Taglioni, and the first ballet to feature dancers in pointe shoes.
Taglioni refused permission to restage his ballet, and a newer version
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choreographed> choreographed in
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1836> 1836 by
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_Bournonville> August Bournonville
with music by
Severin Løvenskiold.has become the ballet world standard and the basis
of the ballet tech ohio performing arts association production.
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The production also includes original choreography by Founding Artistic
Director,Claudia Rudolf Barrett.
Veronica Tennant, Prima Ballerina with The National Ballet of Canada,
who danced the role of La Syphide, says, "How many young men are there,
or young women, who feel that they cannot cope with the realities of day
to day existence? Who just say, I've had enough, and somehow try to
escape? It's all about escape. Ten years ago, people would just buy a
farm up North and say, " I've had enough of the world ; I'm just going
to dig holes and return to the earth." People have various ways of
escape. People sell everything and decide to travel around the world.
Everybody has different ways of doing it. This is what James is doing,
he just could not face the realities of every day life. So I, as the
Sylph, who was the enticer, took that into account."
"We all have a yearning to just chuck it. Get out of this, leave it, fly
off, be somewhere where no one cares, and that's her joyousness when she
gets in the water. I would think of that need that we all have: wanting
to be children, and wanting to throw off all the mantles of
responsibility. So those are the ideas that would go through my head.
Then in her death it was the realization, the physical realization with
the scarf that none of us is allowed to do this. You just can't run away
from life. And if you do, it kills you."
"Point shoes are inhuman, they hurt, they can rip your toes to shreds.
They take twenty years of technical striving in order to conquer, but
they can be a tool like no other in dance and in art for creating
something that is utterly unnatural and utterly beautiful."
The audience will be entranced by the twists and turns of the love
triangles as Madge and her evil cohorts manipulate the lives of James,
Effie, Gurn and the Sylph. They will love the fun and festivity of the
wedding, be captivated by the otherworldly atmosphere of the tree
fairies in the forest and befuddled by the antics of Madge and her evil
Tickets on sale now at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center Box Office: $22.
ETA/START, Senior and Group Rates available. Special 50% off Family Four
Pack discount ticket pricing is available for families with children
only by phone or at the Aronoff Center Box Office. To purchase, call
513.621.ARTS (2787) or go to www.ballettechohiopaa.org
For more information, call ballet tech ohio performing arts association
or visit our website at www.
Season sponsors include Fine Arts Fund, The Corbett Foundation, Robert
H. Reakirt Foundation PNC Bank, NA, Trustee, Cinergy Foundation and
Greater Cincinnati Foundation. WGUC 90.9 FM and The Cincinnati Herald
are Media sponsors.
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ballet tech ohio performing arts association
Founded in 1997 by Claudia Rudolf Barrett, the non-profit ballet tech
ohio performing arts association presents a Season Series of major dance
programs and about a dozen community performances each year to provide
Greater Cincinnati with a new venue for high quality dance performances
featuring pre-professional and professional dancers and a wide variety
of artists, dance
styles and music. The ballet tech ohio performing arts association
mission is to educate, entertain and inspire by providing diverse and
innovative dance performances that have a phenomenal community impact.
We have touched over 27,000 audience members with our Season Series and
community performances to further educate the public. Our Dance 2
Community Kids community outreach program engaged individuals and
sponsor companies to partner with us to introduce over 1000 youth from
underserved communities to ballet and the Aronoff Center in support of
our initiative to expand the audience for the arts and downtown
Cincinnati venues. Each year, the Leaping for Literacy Project includes
a spring production based on beloved children’s stories to entertain
families with children of all ages. This project also includes free
outreach performances in area libraries and bookstores, a poster and
poetry contest, and a book giveaway to promote family literacy. ballet
tech ohio performing arts association sponsors the ballet tech ohio
dance academy Summer International Intensive Seminar, which offers
professional dance training by internationally acclaimed dance teachers
from all over the world and Master Classes by Gala of International
Ballet Stars performers as guest teachers. For more information about
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