Ithaca, N.Y. — Ithaca Ballet will return to the stage on Saturday after a four-year winter show hiatus.
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The contemporary dance performance, titled Winter Show 2015, will also have a silent auction. The show, with artistic director Cindy Reid, will feature “Tiny Bubbles” with music by Johann Strauss and “1931” with music by Igor Stravinsky.
Artistic Director Cindy Reid said their Winter Show 2015 will comprise seven short pieces of about 10 minutes each.
“The first impression you will get when you see the first ballet ‘Oh there are all these pink blown tutus and it looks so classical,’” she said. “It starts off that way and then you begin to realize that it’s a parody on classical ballet.”
One of the pieces will be a duet in the form of acroyoga, performed by an Ithaca Ballet alumnus who is also a yoga teacher. The show will close with Boléro, Mauraice Ravel’s renowned orchestral piece from the 1920s.
“[Our performance] just epitomizes the way the music is repetitive and yet is building in intensity,” Reid said. “The piece starts out with a solo man, adding three women, adding in a few women, adding in two more men until the whole stage is full.”
The event will be sponsored by the CFCU Community Credit Union, Travis Hyde Properties, Cayuga Medical Center, Wegmans, WSKG, Cayuga Radio Group and Bodygear. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the Community School of Music and Arts. Tickets at $10 each and are available at the door and at Bodygear on the Commons.
Here’s some background about the ballet:
The Ithaca Ballet, under the direction of Cindy Reid, is Upstate New York’s only repertory company and is the resident ballet company at the beautiful State Theatre in downtown Ithaca. Founded in 1961, it is also the oldest continuously performing arts group in Tompkins County. The Ithaca Ballet’s mission is sharing the art of classical dance with the widest audience possible in upstate New York. In its over 50 years of existence, the ballet has trained over 2,000 young people in the art of dance and enriched the lives of thousands more. The quality of instruction and performance experience provided by the ballet is of a caliber that alumni of the Ithaca Ballet have gone on to professional careers as professional dancers in prominent companies around the world, including American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey, the Joffrey Ballet, the Miami City Ballet, Merce Cunningham Company, and the San Francisco Ballet.
We perform four productions a year in the State Theater in downtown Ithaca and tour the Finger Lakes area. Our performances include dancers from our resident company, advanced guest children from the Ballet Center of Ithaca, as well as guest artists from around the United States.