Ballet at Twilight at Grand Boulevard
The Northwest Florida Ballet will stage its annual community performance, Ballet at Twilight, featuring a mixed repertoire of classic and modern works in Grand Boulevard at Grand Park on Sat., June 24 at 7:30 pm. This outdoor performance is free and open to the public.
This popular performance will feature The Firebird, choreographed by Butler University’s Derek Reid with music by Igor Stravinsky. Jonathan Carter will dance the role of Prince Ivan in The Firebird opposite of NFB’s Brooklyn Burbidge who will dance the title role. The performance will also include excerpts from Scheherazade choreographed by Lightwire Theater’s Ian Carney with music by Rimsky-Korsakov. NFB soloists Victoria Garofalo and Payton Beason will portray the roles of Princess Fatima and La Sultana Bleue respectively along side the Foreign Slaves Jeffrey Senior and Keegan Lloyd.
Ballet at Twilight will also feature excerpts from the ballets Raymonda and Sposa son Disprezzata choreographed by NFB Assistant Artistic Director Sharon Allen. NFB dancers Brooklyn Burbidge, Jonathan Carter and Alex Trum will dance the Pas de Trois from Swan Lake with music by Peter Tchaikovsky and choreography by NFB Artistic Director/CEO Todd Eric Allen after Marius Petipa.
Louisville Ballet guest artists Natalia Ashikhmina and Darren McIntyre will dance the wedding pas de deux from Sleeping Beauty’s Act 3 with music by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Petipa. Ashikhmina and McIntyre will also perform a new, contemporary pas de deux choreographed by Guest artist and Ballet Met dancer Attila Bongar. Bongar and Jessica Brown, also of of Ballet Met, will dance a contemporary duet choreographed by Bongar. Brown will also dance a classical variation, which is yet to be determined. The production’s finale will include the Lindsey Kelley Dance Company from Asheville, NC performing Seester, Seester with music by Fanfare Ciocarlia and Too Many Zoos. NFB Summer Workshop students will also perform in a featured piece choreographed by Kelley.
Visit NFB online at nfballet.org or on Facebook for more information. Ballet at Twilight is presented as part of Grand Boulevard’s Coastal Culture series, made possible by the Grand Boulevard Arts & Entertainment Program.
Grand Boulevard’s Coastal Culture series continues its ongoing calendar of events with Theatre Thursdays, presented by Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC). ECTC presents “Taming of the Shrew,” a comedic adaptation and family friendly take on William Shakespeare’s play every Thursday, June 1 – Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. in Grand Park. The performances are free and open to the public.
Another summer blockbuster will be presented in June with “Ballet at Twilight” as Northwest Florida Ballet presents an evening of classical ballet and contemporary dance featuring international guest artists in Grand Park, June 24, 7:30 p.m. This event is also free and open to the public.
Grand Boulevard’s Farmers’ Market is open year-round on Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Grand Park. This outdoor market features dozens of unique vendors offering mostly locally sourced food-based items such as produce, eggs, grass-fed beef and chicken, local honey, pickled vegetables, sweets, and gourmet jams. Specialty soaps and lotions are also sold.
Some of SoWal's biggest cultural events coming to Grand Boulevard: 30A Songwriters Festival, ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival, Best of the Emerald Coast, Halloween on the BOOlevard, Festival of Trees and Emerald Coast Theater Company performances.
These events are presented as part of the Coastal Culture Series made possible by the Grand Boulevard Arts & Entertainment Program. For more information about Coastal Culture, please visit our website at http://grandboulevard.com/movies-dining-events-fun/events-locations-ticket-info/.
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