Tahoe Youth Ballet sixth season to celebrate collaboration, diversity | SierraSun.com

Tahoe Youth Ballet sixth season to celebrate collaboration, diversity

Annie Thompson will perform with the Tahoe Youth Ballet on March 14 and 15.
Courtesy Danielle Hankinson |

TAHOE, Calif. — Tahoe Youth Ballet’s sixth season celebrates both collaboration and diversity, March 14 and 15, 7 p.m., North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach.

The program will feature Maurya Kerr’s San Francisco-based dance company, tinypistol; a new work by founding Artistic Director Christin Hanna in collaboration with New Chamber Ballet’s Miro Magloireand a revival by Constantine Baecher.

The program will open with the new collaboration between Hanna and Magloire, “e[in]samkeit,” to selections of Niccolò Paganini’s Caprices for Solo Violin. The piece is a series of classical yet contemporary dances for Tahoe Youth Ballet’s Maia Baehr, Sierra Bertini, Piper Joubert, Marissa Kamenetsky, Haley Perkins, Kyla Pierce, Annie Thompson and Kaylee Ward.

Hanna danced for Miro’s company, New Chamber Ballet in New York City from 2003 to 2008; this is their first choreographic collaboration.

The program also includes “Viduity” to the music of Leoš Janáček, with choreography by frequent collaborator Baecher. Originally created for Hanna during her time at New Chamber Ballet, she staged it for Tahoe Youth Ballet in 2010.

The title, meaning “a state of widowhood,” lends itself to the theatrically emotional side of this work, an exploration of a community in mourning the New York Times called “… a sophisticated, moving meditation on grief” after the ballet’s premiere in 2007.

Dancer turned choreographer Kerr brings her company tinypistol to perform the final work, “brutalisms,” loosely based on Angela Carter’s short story “The Tiger’s Bride.”

Kerr describes the work as her “animalist and feminist” revision of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Kerr danced with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet for 12 years, prior to forming tinypistol in 2010. She is a winner of the 2011 Hubbard Street National Choreographic Competition, and has presented works in the Aspen Fringe Festival, WestWave Dance Festival, and REVERBdance Festival.

A special post-performance gala reception to support Tahoe Youth Ballet’s ongoing performances and programs will follow the Friday performance. The reception includes the opportunity to meet guest artists and company members; light fare, including wine, and a raffle for great prizes provided by local businesses.

General admission tickets are adults $20 in advance ($23 at the door), students and seniors (over 65) $15 ($18 at the door). The Friday Evening Gala Opening Night Reception cost is $15.

Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.tahoeyouthballet.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

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