2021 Fall Series
Tales of the Spirit

We welcome you to share an evening of dance and support the next generation of artists at NYB’s 2021 Fall Series! Tales of the Spirit, is a public performance showcasing the pre-professional students of The Conservatory at Northeast School of Ballet. The versatile young dancers, ages 12-20, will perform contemporary, neo-classical and classical repertoire. 

Note: Everyone in the theatre must wear acceptable face covering at all times, regardless of individuals’ vaccination status.

 

Program Notes:

Tales of the Spirit

Music: Ólafur Arnalds and Ludovico Einaudi

Choreography: Jeremy Ruth Howes

“Tales of the Spirit examines how we tell the stories of our hearts. Through joy and grief, love and loss, we find a connection to each other and the larger world around us. Especially now, as our world faces so much turmoil and crisis, the stories we share are even more important reminders that we need to renew our faith in each other because the only way forward is together. I’m excited for the audience to see how the dancers have brought their unique stories and experiences to a collective creative process. ” -Jeremy Ruth Howes

 

All That IS

Music: Tomaso Albinoni

Choreography: Joseph Jefferies

NSB Premiere:  Raray, France,  August 2015

 

“All That Is” deals with themes of gaining empathy and learning how to forgive. The movement phrases contain references to some intensely personal episodes in the choreographer's life but the journey taken by the dancers in the piece is one that is universal to humanity.” -Joseph Jefferies

 

When We Gathered Beneath the Big Sky

Music:Aaron Copland

Choreography: Joseph Jefferies

 

"The ballet, inspired by the thrilling and iconic score of Aaron Copland's Rodeo, premiered this summer at the Chautauqua Institute in upstate New York. The work is based on themes of legacy as the pandemic lingers on and about humans needing to gather and share their stories. “ From the beginning of time this happened around a campfire where we had the time to tell tales, pass on wisdom and feel safe and supported within our communities. This primal instinct is still very much needed today and part of what the arts can facilitate.” -Joseph Jefferies

 

Giselle (Act II)

Music: Adolphe Adam

Choreography: Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa

Coached by: Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Denise Cecere

 

Giselle, originally titled Giselle, ou les Wilis (Giselle, or The Wilis), is a romantic ballet in two acts, and is considered a masterwork in the classical ballet performance canon. It was first performed by the Ballet du Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique at the Salle Le Peletier in Paris, France on 28 June 1841, with Italian ballerina Carlotta Grisi as Giselle. The ballet was an unqualified triumph. Giselle became hugely popular and was staged at once across Europe, Russia, and the United States.

The  ghost -filled ballet tells the tragic, romantic story of a beautiful young peasant girl who falls for the flirtations of the deceitful and disguised nobleman Albrecht. When the ruse is revealed, the fragile Giselle dies of heartbreak, and Albrecht must face the otherworldly consequences of his careless seduction.

The second act is largely dominated by the Wilis, the spirits of maidens who died after being betrayed by their lovers, and take revenge in the night by dancing men to death by exhaustion (a popular theme in Romantic-era ballets). Led by Myrtha, the Queen of the Wilis, they summon Giselle from her grave and target her lover for her death, but Giselle's great love frees him from their grasp. They gain their power in numbers as they effortlessly move through dramatic patterns and synchronized movements, and control the stage with their long tulle dresses and stoic expressions, creating an ethereal atmosphere that builds as they gradually close in on Albrecht. By saving Albrecht from the Wilis, Giselle also saves herself from becoming one of them.

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October 23, 2021

Saturday, 7:30 PM

In person performance will be at the J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing arts in Andover.

October 24, 2021

Sunday, 2:00 PM

Virtual performance live-streamed to our audience.

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October 23, 2021

Saturday, 7:30 PM

Virtual performance live-streamed to our audience.

October 24, 2021

Sunday, 2:00 PM

In person performance will be at the J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing arts in Andover.