In the Press: Ballet Palm Beach to Perform in St. Augustine

In the Press: Ballet Palm Beach to Perform in St. Augustine

An Evening with Ballet Palm Beach at Lewis Auditorium in At. Augustine April 21st

(St. Augustine, FL) – Ballet Palm Beach, the professional ballet company of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast, tours to St. Augustine, performing at the Lewis Auditorium in Flagler College with a mixed bill An Evening with Ballet Palm Beach on Saturday, April 21st at 7:30 p.m.

“I’m thrilled to be mounting our first performance in St. Augustine, which, like Palm Beach County, enjoys such a rich history and close association with Henry Flagler,” says Ballet Palm Beach Artistic Director, Colleen Smith. “When my sister, Dr. Carrie Grant, a professor at Flagler College, showed me the wonderful Lewis Auditorium, I just knew we needed to bring this production here.”

The evening opens with Balanchine’s charming Who Cares? Set to music by George Gershwin, the ballet evokes the exuberance of New York City with romantic pas de deux, syncopated group numbers, and virtuosic solos.

Next on the bill is The List, by former Alvin Ailey dancer and acclaimed choreographer, Christopher Huggins. This short, albeit powerful tribute is set in 1940’s Germany amid the throes of the Holocaust. In Huggins’ words, it is a “haunting glimpse into the lives of a Jewish family of four — from their kitchen table to their end.”

Finally, Ballet Palm Beach rounds off the evening with Space Between Words and Saint-Saëns Suite. Space Between Words is an intricate, contemporary-styled piece by Floridian choreographer, Donna Murray. It is set to music by minimalist composer Arvo Pärt. Saint-Saëns Suite, a neoclassical work choreographed by Artistic Director Colleen Smith, aims to embody Saint-Saëns’ sparkling music while showcasing the versatility and strength of the company dancers.

This multi-work performance offers something for everyone: Balanchine charm (Who Cares); a heartrending tribute (The List), a reflective pas de deux (Space Between Words), and a dynamic ensemble (Saint-Saëns Suite). Ticket start at $19; student and group deals are available. To purchase tickets, call 561-814-5598 or 1-800-297-8309 and visit https://balletpalmbeach.ticketleap.com.

About Ballet Palm Beach

Ballet Palm Beach, the only professional ballet company in the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving classical ballet, cultivating choreographic visions, impacting the next generation, and enriching the community.  Founded by Artistic Director Colleen Smith in 2001, Ballet Palm Beach is THE professional ballet company of Palm Beach County. The company strives to impact the community and abroad through its numerous outreach programs and community performances. Its ballet school, Ballet Palm Beach Academy is in Palm Beach Gardens with classes offered to students beginning at age 3 years old through adulthood. For more information about Ballet Palm Beach call (561) 630-8235 or visit www.balletpalmbeach.org.

An Evening with Ballet Palm Beach
Lewis Auditorium, St. Augustine, FL
7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21, 2018

Ballet Palm Beach’s inaugural performance in St. John’s County will be a dynamic mixed bill featuring a range of styles including Balanchine’s Who Cares? and Christopher Huggins’ The List. Tickets begin at $19. Call 561-814-5598 or 1-800-297-8309 during box office hours Monday to Friday 10am- 5pm or visit https://balletpalmbeach.ticketleap.com

Photo Credit: “The List” (c) Steve Caras, all rights reserved