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Ballet Arkansas's season debut is coming up this weekend at Wildwood Park for the Arts. The show is called "American Images," and is "inspired by artworks, ideas, and events from the American cultural landscape," according to Ballet Arkansas.
The Times is giving away two pairs of tickets to Friday's 7:30 p.m. opening performance, which includes a champagne reception afterward with cast and choreographers. The first two people to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with BALLET in the subject line will win a pair of tickets.
After the jump is a press release with more details about the program.
Ballet Arkansas Presents American Images Concert at HARVEST! Festival
Inspired by artworks, ideas, and events from the American cultural landscape, Ballet Arkansas presents a new
fall concert, American Images, dances that explore America, the American spirit, and the American Dream.
These six new dances commissioned by the Company will be performed at Wildwood Park for the Arts as part
of Wildwood’s annual HARVEST! Festival, October 12, 13, & 14. Performances are on the Lucy Lockett Cabe
Theater’s 625-seat thrust stage. Seating is reserved.
Tickets are available by calling (501) 223-5150 or online at www.balletarkansas.org . Tickets are $30 for adults
and $15 for children 12 years and under for the opening night gala on Friday, October 12 at 7:30 pm, with a
dancers and choreographers reception following the performance. For the 4 pm matinee on Saturday and the 2
pm matinee Sunday, October 14, tickets are $25 and $15. Ballet Arkansas tickets include admission to the Park
for the HARVEST! Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the park on the day of as well.
As the first of three collaborative concerts in the 2012-2013 Season, American Images and its thematic dances
that reflect American culture is a perfect fit with Wildwood Park’s HARVEST! Festival. “Wildwood Park for the
Arts is delighted to see this terrific partnership emerge with Ballet Arkansas as they showcase a concert of new
works,” said Cliff Baker, creative director for the Park. “That this is happening during our annual HARVEST!
Festival, which celebrates the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Arkansas autumns, shows a real synergy of
spirit between the two groups.” Information for HARVEST! can be found at www.wildwoodpark.org .
The six dances in the American Images concert include Times Torn, a Civil War ballet by Marla Edwards, the
Ballet’s new Ballet Mistress, herself a former soloist with Ballet Arkansas and a veteran of the Houston Ballet
School. Other dances include Delta…Push Up Open, by Little Rock native Leslie Schickel (which premiered in
March, 2012); Pop, by Michelle Alexander, based on the art and writings of pop culture icon Andy Warhol;
American Dream by Stephanie Thibeault, Associate Professor of Dance at UALR; a silent-film era pas de deux by
former Ballet Arkansas guest dancer Edmond Cooper, who currently resides in Hot Springs; and Nowhere/Now
Here, by Tong Wang, currently assistant professor at University of California - Irvine Department of Dance (UC-
Irvine). Wang is a former principal dancer at Ballet West in Salt Lake City and has worked with Shanghai Ballet,
Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Dayton Ballet, and Colorado Ballet, among many others.
“We are so excited about our 2012-2013 Season, especially to work with Wildwood Park during their HARVEST!
Festival,” said Lauren Strother, Ballet Arkansas’ Executive Director. “To have commissioned six new dances by
this group of mature choreographers is exactly what we want to do every year. Piece by piece, we are building
Ballet Arkansas into a professional dance company that the entire State can enjoy and take great pride in.
American Images celebrates America. Come celebrate with us at Wildwood!”
Student Matinees for American Images are currently scheduled at 10:30 am on October 10, 11 & 12 for student
groups. Call (501) 223-5150 or Email email@example.com for reservation information.
American Images travels to Stuttgart’s Grand Prairie Center for a student matinee and an evening performance
on Tuesday, October 16. More information is available http://www.pccua.edu/gpc/
Ballet Arkansas is supported in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.