Two world premieres highlight Ballet Concerto’s annual outdoor program this weekend in Trinity Park Pavilion: Luis Montero’s Blood Wedding, based on the García Lorca play, and Ouroboros, a contemporary ballet by young choreographer Elise Lavallee.
Montero, a master of flamenco dance, previously set his versions of Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba on the company, as well as Carmen and Boléro. Blood Wedding will use familiar Spanish music and feature Michele Gifford, former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater, partnered by Atlanta Ballet’s Brandon Nguyen.
Exploring an unusual subject with a modern dance vocabulary, Ourobosos, Lavallee has said, is “one person’s journey through the afterlife to rebirth/reincarnation.” Set to music by Deadmau5 and Adam Hurst, the ballet has Gifford and Nguyen in principal roles.
The evening’s program is rounded out by the ultimate formal ballet, Les Sylphides, choreographed by Mikhail Fokine to piano music of Frédéric Chopin orchestrated by Alexander Glazunov. Company associate artistic director Webster Dean will stage the ballet, assisted by Liuba Patterson. Les Sylphides’ pas de deux will be danced by Allisyn Caro from TBT and Shea Johnson, principal dancer with Ballet Arizona. –– Leonard Eureka
[box_info]Ballet Concerto’s annual summer concert is 8:30pm Fri-Mon at Trinity Park Pavilion, 2300 W 7th St, FW. Tickets are free for the lawn (bring your own chairs or blankets), $30 otherwise. Call 817-738-7915.[/box_info]