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Avant Chamber Ballet Debuts in Southlake

Oct 30, 2013 02:21PM ● By tina

Submitted by Blake McKinney

Avant Chamber Ballet’s Artistic Director Katie Puder and Music Director David Cooper have announced the programming for the company's second performance of the season on November 7, 2013. For the first time Avant Chamber Ballet will be presented by Apex Arts League. The goal Apex is promoting and creating a home for the arts in the Southlake and surrounding area. Avant Chamber Ballet has designed a concert continuing their emphasis on the collaboration between world-class ballet and live chamber music. 

Performance Overview

Francaix Marelle

Music by Jean Francaix - Divertimento for Horn and Piano
Performed by David Cooper, Principle Horn of Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Anastasia Markina, pianist of Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Choreography by Katie Puder

The Dying Swan

Music by Camille Saint-Saens – The Swan Choreography by Mikhail Fokine Performed by Yulia Ilina

Italian Suite

Music by Igor Stravinsky – Suite Italienne Choreography by Katie Puder

Exactly Woven

Music by Dmitri Shostakovich – Piano Trio No. 2 Choreography by Katie Puder

The evening opens with Katie Puder’s audience favorite Francaix Marelle. The ballet will feature the virtuosic playing of David Cooper, principle horn of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Anastasia Markina, pianist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Next on the program is ballerina Yulia Ilina in the famous Dying Swan solo by Mikhail Fokine. This solo showcases Ms. Ilina’s incredible lines as well as her expressive and transfixing stage presence. Ms Ilina joins Avant Chamber Ballet for her second season and previously was a principal dancer at the renowned Eifman Ballet in Russia.

Closing the first act is Katie Puder's light and classic Italian Suite with music by Igor Stravinsky. Originally composed as a full-length ballet with voice, Pulcinella, for the Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe, the music has gone through many variations by the composer to arrive at the popular and recognizable melodies for piano and violin that you will hear in this production. It was inspired by the music of early eighteenth-century commedia dell’arte, but Stravinsky rewrote this older music in a more modern way by borrowing specific themes and textures and interjecting modern rhythms, cadences and harmonies. Italian Suite was premiered in October 2012 and is being restaged with a larger cast plus updated and new costumes.

The evening closes with the new Exactly Woven by director Katie Puder set to Shostakovich’s memorable Piano Trio for piano, cello and violin showcasing the full company of dancers. This was premiered September 2013.

Tickets can be purchased online or are available at the door the night of the performance.  Programming and casting for all productions are subject to change without notice. 

About APEX Arts League

APEX Arts League is the 501(c)(3) organization established to enhance community awareness, participation and appreciation of the arts in the Apex (North Central) Region of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. 

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