The elegance and sophistication of the art of ballet will be on full display as Charleston Ballet Theatre premiers their latest collection of 20th century masters with the return of their annual Masterpieces of Dance winter production. This season the ballet pays homage to the master of modern ballet George Balanchine by performing two of the choreographer’s most celebrated works Serenade and the ballet Rubies, the most celebrated section of Balachine’s famed Jewels ballet. Jewels has often been regarded as the first full length abstract ballet, however it can also be seen as
three separate ballets, linked by their jewel-colored costumes. Rubies, with its vibrant deep red flared costumes is the most popular of the three pieces which also include Emeralds and Diamonds.
Charleston Ballet Theatre is the only ballet company in South Carolina licensed to perform the works of Balanchine. This performance is a rarity and is one of the few places in the southeast where these
exclusive works can be viewed live. The ballet company is lucky enough to bring to town one of the ballet world’s living legends as choreographer Bruce Marks’s The Lark Ascending, a stunning work of choreography that Marks himself describes as being, “about the journey of life, the eternal flight against gravity”. This famous
work is a study in ambition, reaching ones fullest potential, like a bird taking flight. This one woman and five men work is one of the most celebrated in modern ballet with the piece being part of the repertoire of Boston Ballet, Ballet West, Kansas City Ballet and of course Charleston Ballet Theatre.
The piece will be set by Mr. Webster Dean, who has performed Lark several times under Marks’ instruction and with Ballet West. Mr. Dean will be in town January 3rd through the 10th to work with the ballet company, with Bruce Marks himself coming into town later in the month to oversee some rehearsals leading up to the performance on February 13th at the Sottile Theatre.
Saturday February 13th at 7:30pm at the Sottile Theatre
Tickets: $35 - $45 ($10 off for students) call 723.7334 // Box Office 477 King St.// charlestonballet.org