Olympic Ballet has summer performance Aug. 3

Aug 02, 2019
Courtesy of: Alante Photography Alberto Gaspar in a past performance from Olympic Ballet Theatre.

Olympic Ballet Theatre’s 2019–2020 performance season opens 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, with its summer performance.

The program, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, will feature brand new premieres, Act I of the classic “Don Quixote," and new works choreographed by Karen Herr and Alberto Gaspar.

“Don Quixote,” originally choreographed by Marius Petipa to a score by Ludwig Minkus, premiered in 1869 in Russia. It has undergone several revisions over the past century, but continues to be a tour de force, requiring a company of many skilled dancers.

Act I, set in a bustling seaside marketplace in Barcelona, introduces Kitri, her beloved Basilio, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. It’s a romantic comedy told through dance.

Alberto Gaspar, OBT’s leading company dancer, is the choreographer for his new ballet titled “Transfigurations.” Gaspar intends to explore the inner processes of the mind and the development of the ego, the balance of processing the world outside and our inner self.

Karen Herr, whose teaching and choreographing career stretches over 25 years, had the daunting challenge to choreograph a ballet for over 50 Olympic Ballet School students in conjunction with the OBS Summer Intensive running through the month of July.

Summersteps focuses on how steps are vital to both the dancer-in-training and humanity as a whole. Herr explains, “Using rhythmic drive and nuanced refrains, Summersteps weaves together steps to explore themes of progression and community … we celebrate these vital components of the study of ballet.”

Tickets can be purchased through olympicballet.org or by calling the box office at 425-774-7570.

Edmonds Center for the Arts is at 410 Fourth Ave. N.


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