Two local dance companies and a traveling company are making moves in Tucson this weekend.
Arizona Arts Live
On Thursday, November 10, the Dance Theater of Harlem will perform as part of the fall season of Arizona Arts Live at Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. The multi-ethnic company was founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook. Mitchell was the New York City Ballet’s first black principal dancer and a protégé of George Balanchine, according to the Dance Theater of Harlem’s website, dancetheatreofharlem.org.
The company will make two stops in Arizona, one here followed by a performance at ASU’s Gammage Auditorium in Tempe. Its 18 dancers, led by resident choreographer Robert Garland, will perform a “forward-looking repertoire that includes cherished classics and neoclassical works by George Balanchine,” according to Arizona Arts Live website, arizonaartslive.com.
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The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $65 through the Arizona Arts Live website.
Ballet Tucson will be at its best with its first major performance of the season, its Fall Concert, Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13 at the Leo Rich Theater.
The company, under its new Artistic Director Margaret Mullin, has an innovative program in store, beginning with ‘In Creases’, a dance set to music by Philip Glass and choreographed by Justin Peck. Peck’s talents have earned him a Tony Award and starred in Steven Spielberg’s 2021 screen revival of West Side Story.
“Justin is one of the guys driving the dial,” Mullin told the Star in September. “He has been appointed as George Balanchine’s successor, Jerome Robbins. He is the next wave of that brilliance and creativity.”
Other works featured in Ballet Tucson’s Fall Concert include Raymonda Variations, choreographed by Chieko Imada after Marius Petipa; “Pas de Deux from Klein Perspectives” by South African choreographer Andrea Giselle Schermoly; and “Felicity Found” by Mullin.
Performances at Leo Rich, 260 S. Church Ave., are at 7 p.m. on Fridays and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Ticket information available via ballettucson.org.
UA Dance, part of the University of Arizona School of Dance, continues its Fall for Dance program this Thursday, November 10th through Sunday, November 13th.
Performances will include works by faculty members and guest artist Juel D. Lane, who will perform a contemporary play by principal Duane Cyrus. There will also be a performance of Paul Taylor’s Company B.
Performance times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Stevie Eller Dance Theater, 1737 E. University Blvd. Tickets are $35 general admission with discounts via dance.arizona.edu.