“We wanted to bring together the long history of our modern dance company and our work developing young dancers,” says Rodolfo Mendez, artistic director. As the program began to emerge, we decided to call it ‘Echoes of Past and Present’. It reflects more than 30 years of Ballet East Dance Company.”
Honoring its past, the company will restage two favorite pieces from its repertoire of more than 200 original works, Stephen Mills ‘Amazing Grace’ and Regina Larkin’s ‘Quiet City’.”
A former member of the company carving out a career for himself in New York City, J.P. Flores returns to set a piece on the company celebrating Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
“I use six dancers,” he says, “and they all represent her. She painted many self-portraits, and each one tells us something about her art and suffering.”
Assistant Artistic Director Melissa Villarreal offers “Water In, Droplets Out,” celebrating the beauty of water, and its symbolic meanings of life and purity, and “How Did I Forget?” a meditation on endings and beginnings.
Former Ballet East dancer Julie Nunan Bohn contributes an original piece telling the story of an expectant mother deciding how to tell her news.
Ballet East’s dance programs in the schools also have a long history.
“We teach Mexican folkloric dancing at Martin Middle School,” Mendez says, “and this year, we have a guest teacher from Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. Miguel Marroquin has created challenging choreography for our young students. For the first time, they will appear on the same stage as our professional company.”
Ballet East also offers free classes in ballet technique and dance fundamentals.
“The dedication of our young students,” Mendez explains, “inspired us to develop a corps de ballet to give them stage experience. Mary K. Ochoa of Ballet East creates their original choreography.”
“I look forward to seeing all our varied efforts come together in an exciting show.”
“Echoes of Past and Present” will be presented
Thursday, May 7 through Friday, May 10, curtain at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 10 – Matinee 2:00 p.m.
At the Dougherty Arts Center
1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Students with valid ID $12
Senior Citizens and Children $10
for ticket information call Rodolfo Mendez at 512-385-2838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit our website: http://www.balleteast.org