6:42 pm - Friday December 15, 2017

Sangre de Cristo Ballet reinvents Swan Lake


Sangre de Cristo Ballet incorporates multi-media in performance April 19-20


  It is a classic story of love and deception: a young man encounters a group of swans who reveal themselves at twilight to be young ladies magically bewitched by an evil sorcerer. Will the young man break the spell and win the hand of Odette, the White Swan, or succumb to the trickery of the sorcerer’s daughter, Odile, the Black Swan?

In the hands of Stephen Wynne, choreographer and artistic director of the Sangre de Cristo Ballet, the fantasy world of Swan Lake is brought to life in an aesthetically powerful and contemporary version performed on the Arts Center stage April 19 at 7:30 p.m. and April 20 at 2 p.m. Wynne’s production focuses on the conceptual elements of infatuation, fantasy and transformation behind the beloved ballet. He blends masterful choreography with live streaming images of the dancers in action to create a surreal, dreamlike effect for the audience. Michael Bishop, who is currently in the cast of the European tour of West Side Story, co-choreographed Swan Lake alongside Wynne, his former professor at Belhaven University. Bishop is a protégé of Wynne’s motivational education practice. The cast is comprised of senior members of the Sangre de Cristo’s School of Dance, as well as area university students. The production also includes a performance from the soprano Tiffany Grant, who recently competed at the district level in the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council audition. Ms. Grant will add a unique component to Act III.

Wynne’s productions have been noted as conceptual, original and innovative. Now in his second year at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, he has produced two newly choreographed presentations, including last spring’s Contact: TTYL and holiday favorite, Nutcracker, the Ballet. Both featured Wynne’s contemporary touch in costuming and set design, while his high technical standards drew strong, emotional performances from the performers, who study at the pre-professional level of dance.

Swan Lake will showcase Wynne’s years of experience as a choreographer. Previous to joining the Arts Center, his productions drew the following reviews: “Wynne’s choreography was a genuine surprise…I was won over by the originality and the precision of (the) dancers’ gestures” (the Philadelphia Inquirer) and “the maturity level was apparent in the thematic depth of his choreography and the relevance of highly inventive props…the ensemble was cohesive…the choreography incorporated compelling patterns and groupings” (the Houston Chronicle). Bill Bissell, program director at the Pew Foundation, says “Mr. Wynne’s vision…is one that applies high technical standards of dance practice.”

A question-and-answer dialogue with the audience will follow both performances. Tickets are $10 and available at the Arts Center Box Office by calling 719-295-7222.

To see the dancers in rehearsal each week prior to the performances, go to www.SangredeCristoArts.org
and click on the Video Diary at the top right of the page.




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