March 2012: Charity Corner - Hilton Head Dance Theatre presents Spring Version of Popular Summer Production
Author: Lori Finger
Hilton Head Dance Theatre will offer something for everyone when the dancers take the stage on March 30 and 31 for the spring production of Terpsichore: From Classic to Contemporary. Now in its 26th season under the direction of artistic directors Karena Brock-Carlyle and John Carlyle, the Dance Theatre typically plans Terpsichore as a summer offering.
“We decided early on that Graduation Ball was an ideal piece for the company, but it isn’t a full length ballet. We then decided to add Act III of The Sleeping Beauty, a jazz piece, and two contemporary pieces. When it evolved into such an eclectic program, we wanted to be sure our audience members understood that the program was in the tradition of our popular summer offering, Terpsichore,” Carlyle said.
Graduation Ball, with music by Johann Strauss and choreography by David Lichine, is a light-hearted ballet first presented by the Original Ballet Russe in 1940. Young girls at a fashionable school in Vienna celebrate with the graduates of a nearby military academy until the headmistress brings an end to the fun. This ballet stars Caitlyn Lankowski as the Mistress of Ceremonies and Brooke Bishop as the Pigtail Girl.
Featured on the program to satisfy those who enjoy classical ballet as well as beloved fairy tale characters is Act III of The Sleeping Beauty. The scene is the wedding of Princess Aurora, a role shared by Brooke Bishop and Caitlyn Lankowski and Prince Florimund, danced by Peter Kozak. In attendance at the celebration are Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Puss in Boots and the White Cat, and Beauty and the Beast. The “Bluebird pas de deux,” one of ballet’s most spectacular sequences, will feature Eileen Cooper and Daniel Mayo.
“Rich Man’s Frug” from Sweet Charity has been staged for this production by former Broadway dancer and Fosse dance captain Kathleen Watkins. Arguably Fosse at his best, the stylized movement, distinctive poses, and hand gestures combine to convey the boredom of the self-important rich and famous.
Artistic directors Karena Brock-Carlyle and John Carlyle have each added a piece to the program featuring their own original choreography. Brock-Carlyle’s piece, “Talking Loud and Clear,” has proven to be an audience and dancer favorite in the past and is set to music by OMD—Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. This plotless ballet, first presented in 1994, will feature Caitlyn Lankowski, Brooke Bishop and Cady Roberts. Carlyle’s piece is a pyrotechnical pas de deux featuring Kylie Wilder and Mark Krieger. It is set to Sarah Brightman’s recording of Il Mio Cuore Va (My Heart Will Go On).
Performances will take place at the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Hilton Head Island High School on March 30 & 31 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (60 and above) and students (13-18) and $15 for children.