SEPTIME WEBRE choreographer
KAREN RUSSO BURKE artistic director
The Friday, March 20 performance is an Encore! young professional event.
The timeless story of Peter Pan extols the virtues of eternal youth, of keeping our childlike wonder, and of not taking the real world too seriously. The story of Peter Pan was written by J.M. Barrie over 100 years ago and has been retold over the years in various formats, from books to movies, from cartoons to musical theater. Just this past December the story was retold by NBC as a special live television production of the 1954 musical adaptation of Peter Pan.
Although the story itself has been around for over a century, the ballet version of this classic tale is relatively new. In 2000, renowned choreographer Septime Webre was commissioned to create a new ballet version of Peter Pan. Webre set out to design the ballet with two goals in mind. "One was to create a very 'dancy' production that would really challenge the dancers and their technique, and the other to connect to audiences of all ages," said Webre. (www.pghcitypaper.com)
Septime Webre has indeed accomplished these goals in his story ballet version of Peter Pan. The ballet includes many notable moments set to thrill audience members of any age. The flying scenes for Peter, Wendy, John and Michael are magical and breath-taking. There are spectacular solos for Peter and Wendy that are completely captivating, a high-energy opening dance for the Lost Boys, boisterous and bawdy scenes for the Pirates and Wenches, complete with real sword fighting, and a fantastic solo dance by the Crocodile. This ballet is fun-filled and clever, rich with humor and including witty nods to classic ballets the audience will surely recognize.
The lively and dynamic dancing from all 19 dancers of Dayton Ballet and from dancers of Dayton Ballet II senior and junior companies, combined with the enchanting score played to perfection by Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, will make for a wonderful night of entertainment in the Schuster Center.