The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) opens its 48th season at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center with World Ballet Stars, featuring 11 dancers representing five different countries.
World Ballet Stars will feature international guest artists Joseph Gatti and Danielle Diniz; Cervilio Amador and Chisako Oga of Cincinnati Ballet; Arian Molina and Dayesi Torriente of Pennsylvania Ballet; Daniel Ulbricht of New York City Ballet; Brooklyn Mack and Ayano Kimura of Washington Ballet; and Lasha Khozashvili and Seo Hye Han of Boston Ballet. The production will feature both classical and contemporary works by master choreographers all in one performance.
The World Ballet Stars classical repertoire will include "Le Corsaire Trio," with music by Ricardo Drigo and choreography by Marius Petipa; the "Black Swan Pas de Deux" from "Swan Lake," with music by Peter Tchaikovsky and choreography by Marius Petipa; the "Wedding Pas de Deux" from "Coppelia," with music by Leo Delibes and choreography by Alicia Alonzo; and the "Wedding Pas de Deux" from "Don Quixote," with music by Ludwig Minkus and choreography by Marius Petipa.
The contemporary repertoire will feature "Remix 03," with music by Phillip Glass and choreography by Viktor Kabaniaev; "MJ Within," set to a Michael Jackson compilation with choreography by Joseph Gatti; "Niris," with music by Lukas Vidal and choreography by Yury Yanowsk; "Dueto," with music by P. Frenklenda and choreography by Ely Regina Hernandez; "Moses Supposes" from "Singin' in the Rain," with music by Adolph Green and Betty Comden and choreography by Lorin Lataro; "Sing, Sing, Sing," with music by Louis Prima, arranged by Benny Goodman and choreography by Daniel Ulbricht; and "Wunderland," with music by Phillip Glass and choreography by Edward Liang.
"We are so excited to kick off our 48th season with this performance of the worlds best classical ballet dancers," said NFB Artistic Director/CEO Todd Eric Allen. "Many of these dancers are medal winners from prestigious international ballet competitions and are also principal dancers from some of America's best professional ballet companies. We are particularly thrilled to have New York City Ballet's Daniel Ulbricht return to our area, along with Boston Ballet's Seo Hye Han and Washington Ballet's Brooklyn Mack, who are performing with us for the first time."
Box office prices for adults are $35 each and $15 for children 12 and under. A special Mattie Kelly Production Package that includes World Ballet Stars in addition to NFB's production of "The Nutcracker" in November and "Peter Pan" in March is also available. Tickets are on sale through the Mattie Kelly Arts Center website at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org or call the box office at 850-729-6000.