Morris series enters third season

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini

ND Presents: Live at the Morris plans three shows at downtowns Morris Performing Arts Center featuring ballet, modern dance, and opera.

The Russian National Ballet will performThe Sleeping Beautyat7:30 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 21. Based on the fairy tale classic, the performance will showcase Russias premier dancers, magnificent scenery and lavish costumes as an orchestra brings to life one of Ilyich Tchaikovskys most memorable scores.

The ballet premiered in 1890, and has influenced generations of dancers. It was in this piece that Rudolf Nureyev made his Western debut, George Balanchine first appeared on stage as the ballets Cupid, and Anna Pavlova identified it as the primary reason she became a dancer.

Dance of a different fashion arrives at7:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 25 with the Martha Graham Dance Company, the oldest and most celebratedcontemporary dance company inAmerica.

Before her death in 1991 at the age of 97, founder Martha Graham choreographed almost 200 works, includingAppalachian Springto the music of Aaron Copland andCave of the Heartto a score by Samuel Barber.

Johann Strausss comic operaDie Fledermaus(The Bat) comes to the Morris at7 p.m.Sunday, March 5. A lighthearted, witty revenge story,Die Fledermausinvolves the consequences of a practical joke played years beforehand, complicated by mistaken identities, elaborate royal balls, secret lovers, and bad timing.

The opera will be performed by the Helikon Opera ofMoscow, which has developed a worldwide reputation for staging highly original productions of classic works. Helikons sets and costumes are consistently stunning, and its vocal, orchestral, and dramatic performances are among some of the finest in contemporary opera.

Die Fledermauswill be presented with a 45-piece orchestra and will be performed in German with English supertitles.

This is the third season that the University is sponsoring performances in the Morris. Tickets are available through the Morris box office by calling 235-9190 or (800) 537-6415, or on the Web at .

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