Los Angeles Ballet INTRODUCes THE ENCHANTING
LAB's First full-length story ballet since the Nutcracker
(Los Angeles, CA) Los Angeles Ballet Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and
Colleen Neary are delighted to announce that the company will present four
performances of the charming, full-length Romantic era ballet, La Sylphide, in May
2009. This is LAB's first full-length ballet since its original production of The
Nutcracker, and represents the next milestone in the growth and artistic breadth of
Los Angeles Ballet.
La Sylphide is set in a fantastical Scottish surround, this two-act tour de force
has all the elements of compelling Romantic storytelling: unrequited love, betrayal,
flying sylphs, witches and magic. Christensen will stage the ballet based on the
choreography of Danish romanticist August Bournonville. The romantic leads will be
danced by Corina Gill and permanent guest artist Eddy Tovar. The role of Madge the
witch will be performed by Colleen Neary.
The much-anticipated summer full-length production takes place at venues across Los
Angeles from May 16-May 30 and captures LAB's continuous artistic growth. Over the
past three seasons, Los Angeles Ballet has been hailed by audiences and critics
alike, having performed six successful repertoires including The Nutcracker, various
works by Balanchine and Bournonville, as well as cutting edge choreography by local
artists including Jennifer Backhaus, and its own dancer and choreographer Melissa
The Company continues to build a repertoire that underscores the creative leadership
of its artistic directors, as well as present timeless classics and innovative
choreography from today's contemporary artists.
Tickets are on sale now. Reserve now by calling 310.998.7782 or by visiting
**THE SUMMER 2009
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Redondo Beach, 90278
Saturday, May 16 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Freud Playhouse, UCLA
405 Hilgard Avenue
Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
The Alex Theatre, Glendale
216 North Brand Boulevard
Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
About the Artistic Directors
Thordal Christensen is the co-Artistic Director for the Los Angeles Ballet. The
world of dance claims Mr. Christensen as one of its most respected citizens. Mr.
Christensen danced with the Royal Danish Ballet, New York City Ballet and Pacific
Northwest Ballet in major roles in the classical and modern repertoire. He was
appointed artistic director of the Royal Danish Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet
School in 1999. During his leadership he advanced the company repertoire and school
to new levels. In 2002, Mr. Christensen was appointed Knight of Dannebrog by Her
Majesty Margrethe II.
Colleen Neary is the co-Artistic Director for the Los Angeles Ballet. Ms. Neary
danced as a soloist from 1969 to 1979 in The New York City Ballet under the
direction of George Balanchine. She had numerous roles created for her by George
Balanchine, Peter Martins, Jacques d'Amboise and others.
She was invited in 1979 to be Ballet Mistress and Choreographic Assistant for the
Zurich Ballet. During this period she also staged Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote and
Manfred for La Scala de Milan, Zurich Ballet and Vienna State Opera. In 1984 she
was invited to be Principal Guest Artist and company teacher for Maurice Béjart's
Ballet du XXième Siecle where he created several roles for her. In 1986 she was
invited to join Pacific Northwest Ballet as Principal Dancer. In 1992 she joined The
Royal Danish Ballet as Ballet Mistress and company teacher. By 1999 she became First
Ballet Mistress in charge of productions, a position she held until 2002.
Ms. Neary is a member of the George Balanchine Trust and has staged many of his
ballets, including Agon, The Four Temperaments, Theme and Variations, Rubies,
Serenade, Tarantella, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Divertimento no.15, Piano Concerto
no. 2, Concerto Barocco, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Symphony in C, for leading
companies around the world.
About Los Angeles Ballet
Launched in 2006 by co-artistic directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, Los
Angeles Ballet enjoyed a successful first season as the city's own professional
ballet company focused on capturing the creative aesthetic unique to Southern
California. Los Angeles Ballet is committed to bringing world class dance and great
dancers to every corner of Southern California through performing at different
venues accessible to communities across the city and presenting varied programs
designed to appeal to a large and diverse base of fans who will grow to become
devoted, supportive patrons. Recently, the company made a special appearance on the
FOX network's hit show, So You Think You Can Dance, in which they performed an
excerpt from Balanchine's Who Cares?, with a classical American score by
The Company, a not-for-profit arts organization, makes its professional home at the
Los Angeles Ballet Dance Center in Los Angeles. Julie Whittaker is the Company's
Shari Mesulam or Lisa Bustamante
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