Friday and Saturday on the Davis Theater in Montgomery, ADT will current the Ballet’s biggest hits and world premieres
As a choreographer, Sara Sanford guides a world of tales to life with the Alabama Dance Theater.
The one she provides on the Davis Theater on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the ballet’s greatest hits and world premieres will take that storytelling to new emotional ranges of need and need.
“It is devoted to my mom,” Sara stated, referring to her play referred to as “The Reminiscence of You”.
“It is simply lovely,” stated Kate Seale Smith, inventive director of ADT.
Sara’s mom, Deborah Leigh Sanford of Millbrook handed away in July 2020. She was a longtime instructor and particular schooling facilitator in Millbrook and Holtville, who additionally volunteered for ADT in Montgomery.
“I really feel just like the world has misplaced a terrific mild,” stated Sara, who described her mom as being selfless and at all times considering of others. To protect the reminiscences, Sara felt compelled to show to her artwork.
“I felt like once I began the play, by way of how a lot time had handed, it was fairly early, however I needed to do it,” Sara stated. “I wanted to specific my emotions. I wanted to do one thing to honor her reminiscence … I needed (the dance) to be a testomony to her.
It begins with one of many easiest and most cherished reminiscences Sara has of her mom.
“She used to do my hair once I was little,” stated Sara. “It begins with the easy concept of brushing the hair. It is form of a sample all through the piece.”
The play is carried out by Jane Abbie Alford, Clover Hardin, Celeste Herod, Ja’Niya Kennedy, Shannon McGaughey, Camilla Ohme, Lilla Kate Parkman and Ryan Tucker.
“There are two fundamental women, after which there is a core of women round them,” Sara stated. “The concept for me is that we now have our reminiscences, and we now have this indestructible bond between our dad and mom. It begins with the concept time goes slowly, after which because the play goes on, it is the little time that we actually have between us. “
The easy costumes with a contact of blue even supply a touch of her mother’s character.
“I needed to squeeze in there,” Sara stated. “She was a die-hard Auburn fan.”
“The Reminiscence of You” is one in all 16 performs offered this weekend in downtown Montgomery. The Ballet’s biggest hits and world premieres will embody excerpts from Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Raymonda, Sleeping Magnificence, and extra. Every brings their very own distinctive model.
Waltz of the Hours from Coppelia Act III options a few of ADT’s junior dancers.
Sara additionally choreographed “The Ballet Class”, impressed by work by artist Edgar Degas, which options ADT’s youngest dancers.
“They labored so exhausting they usually’re all so lovely,” Smith stated.
To be as protected as attainable, they dance with masks on, which is a tougher course of for dancers when practising on stage.
Ohme, who has been dancing with ADT for 12 years because the age of three, stated the masks additionally made the connection between the dancers a bit tougher. “It is more durable to seek out the connections on stage,” she stated.
Nonetheless, the dancers discovered pleasure of their springtime performances, particularly the uncommon probability to go solo throughout classical variations.
“Doing basic variations, it actually pushes them technically, artistically,” Sara stated. “It gave them one thing to personal. I feel we have seen great development in our dancers due to it.”
“I actually love Cupid,” stated McGaughey, who has been dancing at ADT for nearly 9 years, since she was 7. “It is enjoyable and playful. It is sassy. It is actually exhausting, even when it sounds very easy … I ‘I’ve by no means performed a solo earlier than. It’s a must to discover one other method to join with folks within the viewers, reasonably than folks on stage. “
Ohme is grateful for the variety of ADT dance choices and highlights this weekend’s dash present. “We get a variety of the whole lot,” she says.
“Everybody right here is so good, and I actually really feel at dwelling right here,” stated Herod, who got here to Montgomery from Dallas, Texas.
Tucker, a senior graduate, described ADT has a household. “I really feel like once I step out into the massive world I will be ready,” she stated.
Smith stated she loved watching all of them as they put together and get stronger.
Performances are Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.
Tickets to see ballet’s biggest hits and world premieres can be found at alabamadancetheatre.com and by calling 334-625-2800. Attributable to pandemic restrictions, tickets to the Davis Theater are restricted.
Two of ADT’s dancers, Ohme and McGaughey, entered the world of choreography. They every supply items for attainable inclusion in a digital Regional Dance America for the Southeast.
Ohme’s play is named “Discrete Celebration,” which is about youngsters throwing a celebration whereas their dad and mom are away. “After which in the long run, they get caught,” she stated. “It’s actually humorous.”
McGaughey’s “From Inside” is concerning the distinction between simply dancing by the steps and feeling the dance with ardour. “It is a reminder for me to push my limits,” she stated. “Each time I watch them and see them do it, it is wonderful and it makes me love the room extra.”
Though Ohme has choreographed earlier than, that is McGaughey’s first play.
“They took the time to choreograph, rehearse, costumes,” Smith stated. “They need to design their lighting.”
The items shall be filmed on Thursday.
The best ballet hits and world premieres
Nikiya variation of act 1 of La Bayadere: Ja’Niya Kennedy, with music by Ludwig Minkus and choreography by Marius Petipa.
Swanhilda variation from Coppelia Act III: Camilla Ohme, with music by Leo Delibes and choreography by Magaly Suarez after Marius Petipa.
Bluebird Variation of Sleeping Magnificence Act III: Emanuel Wooden, with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreography by Marius Petipa.
Waltz of the Hours from Act III of Coppelia: Alexandria Brooks, Morgan Calhoun, Hayes Chapman, Chandler Davis, Lily Givens, Caroline MacLeod, Ella Mae Parsons, Margie Anne Prescott, Molly Selman, Amelia Kate Skala and Miracle Grace Williams. Music by Leo Delibes, with choreography by Magaly Suarez after Marius Petipa.
Paquita V variant: Lilla Kate Parkman, with music by Joseph Mazillier and choreography by Ludwig Minkus.
James’ variation of Act I of La Sylphide: Cameron Caldwell, with music by Herman Severin Lovenskiold and choreography by August Bournonville.
Variation of Lise from La Fille Mal Gardee Act I: Jane Abbie Alford, with music by Ferdinand Herold and choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton.
The ballet class: Chloe Anderson, Cara Barranco, Martha Armstrong, Tempe Grinstead, Cecilia Hamell, Addison Might Caroline Ohme, Georgia Vance and Valari Lagrone (as ballet mistress). Music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with choreography by Sara Sanford.
Variation of Kitri from Don Quixote Act I: Clover Hardin, with music by Ludwig Minkius and choreography by Marius Petipa.
Love variation of Don Quixote Act II: Shannon McGaugheuy, with music by Ludwig Minkius and choreography by Marius Petipa.
Pals of Sleeping Magnificence Act II: Hayes Chapman, Kathryn Parsons, Molly Selman and Amelia Kate Skala. Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreography by Dame Sonia Arova after Marius Petipa.
Variation of Act III Raymonda: Celeste Herod, with music by Alexander Glazunov and choreography by Marius Petipa.
Flower Woman Variation from Don Quixote Act II: Ryan Tucker, with music by Ludwig Minkus and choreography by Marius Petipa.
The reminiscence of you: Jane Abbie Alford, Clover Hardin, Celeste Herod, Ja’Niya Kennedy, Shannon McGaughey, Camilla Ohme, Lilla Kate Parkman and Ryan Tucker. Choreographed by Sara Sanford.
The biggest of those: Samantha Bell, Alexandria Brooks, Cameron Caldwell, Hayes Chapman, Chandler Davis, Lily Givens, Caroline MacLeod, Ella Mae Parsons, Margie Anne Prescott, Molly Selman, Amelia Kate Skala, Miracle Grace Williams and Emanuel Wooden, with Chloe Anderson, Cara Barranco, Martha Armstrong, Tempe Grinstead, Cecilia Hamell, Addison Might, Caroline Ohme and Georgia Vance. Music by Johann Sebastian Bach and choreography by Jenny Letner.
The Funeral Pageant: Jane Abbie Alford, Morgan Calhoun, Clover Hardin, Celeste Herod, Ja’Niya Kennedy, Shannon McGaughey, Camilla Ohme, Lilla Kate Parkman, Kathryn Parsons and Ryan Tucker. Music by Preservation Corridor Jazz Band. Choreography by Janie Alford. Costumes by Jay Ashurst, Janie Alford, Melodie Efferson and Sarah McQueen. Make-up by Elizabeth Efferson.
Lighting design: Josh monroe
Costumes: Suzanne Sheppard, Sarah McQueen, Christine Loosley, Tom Milne and Bonnie Cagle
Rehearsal trainers: Kate Seale Smith, Valari Lagrone and Sara Sanford
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