Ballet Palm Beach, the professional ballet company of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast, will present “An Evening with Ballet Palm Beach at 7:30 p.m. April 21 at Lewis Auditorium
“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,” Ballet Palm Beach Artistic Director Colleen Smith said. “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 1940s 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”).
Tickets start at $19. Student and group discounts are available.
For tickets, call 1-800-297-8309 or go to balletpalmbeach.org.