Brooklyn Dance Series: Ballent & Hip Hop

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For its debut home season, Brooklyn Ballet presents “From Baroque to Hip Hop” in downtown Brooklyn. The program illuminates the evolution of ballet from its roots in the French court to a revitalization and re-imagining of this classical form into the 21st century.

In the world premiere of artistic director Lynn Parkerson’s Close to You, seven ballet dancers and three hip-hop dancers explore new territories and juxtapositions. This collaboration with hip-hop artist Michael “Mike Supreme” Fields is set to a musical collage featuring an original composition by Jim Papoulis with costumes by ymx by yellowman.

The program also includes obscure or “lost” dances. La Folia, is a piece for two baroque dancers and two ballet dancers and has been reconstructed by Thomas Baird, based on work by Raoul Feuillet (1790). Three pre-romantic dances, Esmeralda, Tyrolienne and Pas de L’Abeille by Henri Justamant are being presented for the first time since 1860. These reconstructions were made possible by Salzburg University Professor Claudia Jeschke’s recent discovery of the notated scores from the 19th Century and with the collaboration of Robert Atwood in New York City. The 20th Century is represented by modern master George Balanchine’s groundbreaking work Four Temperaments (Three Themes).

From Baroque to Hip Hop

Fri, Mar 4 2011, 8:00p.m. - Sun, Mar 13 2011, 3:00p.m.

The Performance Space at The Schermerhorn

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