Wednesday, January 9, 2013

World premiere of the Sacramento Ballet's 'The Great Gatsby' slated for February

Art can take on many forms and one artist’s masterpiece can be interpreted in many ways limited only by another artist’s creative vision.
Such is the case with master storyteller and choreographer Ron Cunningham’s vision for the Sacramento Ballet and the upcoming world premiere of The Great Gatsby told through the beauty of dance.
The Great Gatsby is a novel by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story takes place in 1922, during the Roaring Twenties, The book is widely regarded as a literary classic.
The classic has been adapted to radio, theater, television, and film. The Great Gatsby has even had an operatic interpretation and in 2010 a video game titled Classic Adventures: The Great Gatsby became available.

The great literary work has been filmed five times, and a sixth Great Gatsby film, directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire. It is set to be released on May 10, 2013.
But this is the first time the Fitzgerald masterpiece will be set to dance.
Master storyteller and artistic director of the Sacramento Ballet Cunningham wrote this on the Sacramento Ballet blogabout this exciting and creative project: “I’ve created a patchwork of prohibition style dances waiting to be sewn together into a cohesive whole. In a way, the making of dances is the easy part, telling the story is the challenge.”
There is no doubt that Cunningham is up to that challenge.
Cunningham, with his wife and co-director, their vision and leadership, has added 15 full-length ballets, 18 Balanchine masterworks, 40 Sacramento premieres, and 38 world premieres, all in 20 seasons with the Sacramento Ballet.
The Ballet will have have a world premiere of The Great Gatsby February 7, 2013 at the Sacramento Community Center Theater, and additional performances will occur through February 10th.
Curious as to how one brings famous literature to life in dance?
You can ask Ron Cunningham on January 25, 2013 as he puts dancers through their paces in preparation of the upcoming show.
Tickets for this special Inside the Director’s Studio event are only $15 and can be purchased here.

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