FROM BALLET TO BROADWAY
Directed by Janet Lewis MBE this gem of a ballet company presents the professional principal dancers from the award winning English Youth Ballet who appear throughout the UK in EYB’s full length classical ballets.Virtuoso is an exciting and contrasting evening ranging from the romantic ballet era of Les Sylphides through to Gershwin-Motion Pictures Hollywood musicals.
The white and black swan pas de deux from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is followed by the famous Spring Waters pas de deux very rarely seen out side Russia and made famous by the Bolshoi Ballet. Music composed by Rachmaninov. We present too a neo-classical Pas de Deux The Missing Page which was commissioned in 1992 and was based on the French classic novel “Paul et Virginie” by Bernardin de Saint Pierre. The copy of the book had a page missing, so the choreographer Dominic Marshall imagined what happened on that page.” Music Composer - Liszt.
By contrast choreographed by Dominic Marshall, the modern symbolic version of The Firebird is impressive, danced to the famous Stravinsky score. The grand finale of the evening is the wonderful Gershwin ballet based on the Hollywood musicals era of the thirties and forties.
The classical ballet dancers change their image and become Garland, Astaire Gene Kelly Cyd Charisse. Choreographed brilliantly by Ian Mackenzie Stewart who has starred in West End musicals and his claim to fame is being Tom Cruise’s understudy in his film days, the EYB dancers present a dazzling Hollywood finale to the evening.
BALLET VIRTUOSO is a company of eight professional dancers who have danced with The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and the Ballet-du-Capitole Toulouse, Vienna Festival Ballet and who currently dance the principal roles in the full length classical ballet productions of English Youth Ballet. The programme is specially designed to present classical ballet to smaller theatres that are not able to receive the larger ballet companies. Click here to view the poster. Click here to view a programme from a previous production. Click here to view our short video.