Nevada Ballet Theatre dances in frontier, swing-era styles — VIDEO

Friday, 10 November 2017, 06:37:08 AM. No one’s surprised to hear Tchaikovsky’s music at the ballet. After all, his works include the scores to the classics “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker.”
No one’s surprised to hear Tchaikovsky’s music at the ballet. After all, his works include the scores to the classics “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker.” Such frontier-flavored folk songs as “Red River Valley” and “The Girl I Left Behind Me” — or the jumping, jiving swing-era sounds of the Andrews Sisters — may seem less likely candidates. But they’re also part of Nevada Ballet Theatre’s “Classic Americana” this weekend at The Smith Center, which spotlights two company premieres: George Balanchine’s 1954 “Western Symphony” and Paul Taylor’s 1991 “Company B.” Rounding out the program: the return of Balanchine’s 1935 “Serenade” (the one danced to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings”), which NBT previously staged in 2009, 2012 and 2014. NBT artistic director Roy Kaiser, newly arrived from Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Ballet, had nothing to do with choosing the dances for this weekend’s “Classic Americana” program. But he definitely knows the territory. During his dancing years, Kaiser performed — and enjoyed performing — both Balanchine works. “I adore ‘Serenade,’ ” he says. “If somebody really pressed me to name my favorite ballet, it would be ‘Serenade,’ ” the first ballet the Russian-born Balanchine choreographed in America. As Pennsylvania Ballet’s artistic director, “I programmed it as often as I could,” Kaiser notes, in part because “it’s a showcase for the corps de ballet. It’s in many ways a barometer” that indicates “how a corps de ballet works together and breathes...Read more
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