22 marzo 2012
00:00 a.m.

Dreaming of three muses

Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico presents "Apollo" and "Midsummer Night’s Dream"

What is it with mythology that it always seems so fascinating? We lose ourselves in the tales about the gods who become infuriated and descend to Earth to change the course of things, nymphs who drive us crazy, and narcissus that were born as a result of vanity. Our species is all about the myth.   

And so, the next mise-en-scène of Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico (BCPR) promises to be a feast for the imagination and a challenge for corporal movement, because the two pieces to be premiered are, precisely, a fusion of ideas.

The ballet entitled, “Apollo” was composed between 1927 and 1928 by Igor Stravinsky and choreographed by master Russian choreographer George Balanchine (co-founder of the New York City Ballet) in 1928. This would be the first time that BCPR presents this piece that tells the story of Apollo, the god of music in Greek mythology, and his three muses: Calliope, the muse of epic poetry; Polyhymnia, the muse of rhetoric; and Terpsichore, the muse of dance.

For the montage, the répétiteur of the Balanchine Trust and longtime principal of the New York City Ballet, Nilas Martins, traveled to Puerto Rico. Martins is a renowned figure in international ballet and the son of ballet legend Peter Martins.

“This is the second time I’ve worked with the company and it’s always a wonderful experience to teach something from scratch and then see how in a short period of time they are able to attain enough confidence to create within the boundaries of the choreography,” Martins said about the ballet in which only three female dancers and one male dancer take part.  

“There is much emotion, character and interpretation,” he adds.  

In addition to “Apollo,” the audience will be able to enjoy the world premiere of the ballet, “Midsummer Night’s Dream” by renowned Peruvian choreographer Jimmy Gamonet de los Heros, in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra concert series, conducted by maestro Rafael Enrique Irizarry, and featuring Coral Lírico de Puerto Rico directed by Johan Herrero. The general conduction of the Symphony Orchestra is by its principal conductor, maestro Maximiano Valdés.

The musical score of “Midsummer Night’s Dream” was composed by Félix Mendelssohn and is based on the work by William Shakespeare. The scenography is by Checo Cuevas and David Higgings, and the costume design is by Gamonet himself.

Guest artists include, Romel Frómeta, Osmay Molina, Ana Serantes and Eloy Ortiz from Andanza Dance Company, whereas ballerinas Tania Muñiz and Betina Ojeda will head a dance company of 45 with Carlos Cabrera as artistic director.

CAPTION:  This Friday, March 30 there will be a show for students at 10 o’clock in the morning at the Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center in Santurce.