Dance and Music Combine for Ballet Performance

Posted on 10/24/2014 12:52:30 PM

The Department of Theater and Dance and the Department of Music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present An Evening of Story Legends In Music and Dance. This collaborative production will be performed on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

Co-directed by IUP director of bands Jack Stamp and IUP Dance Theater director Holly Boda-Sutton, the performance includes two historic ballets—Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) and Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

L’Histoire du Soldat is based on a dark Russian fairy tale of a naive soldier who trades his fiddle—representing his soul—to the devil for a book that will grant his wishes for wealth. When the soldier realizes that he has traded happiness for wealth, he tries to reclaim his old life. The world premiere was performed in Switzerland in 1918, and the first ballet version in the U.S. premiered at Lincoln Center’s New York State Theater in 1978 by the New York City Opera.

Appalachian Spring as a ballet was made famous through the choreography of legendary choreographer/dancer Martha Graham. The original ballet premiered 70 years ago on October 30, 1944, by the Martha Graham Dance Company; and the score earned Copland a Pulitzer Prize in 1945. Graham’s version of the ballet tells the story of a young pioneer bride and groom as they begin their lives in the Appalachian region. The IUP Dance Theater’s version juxtaposes the original story into present-day rural Western Pennsylvania.

Stamp will conduct the instrumental ensemble comprised of faculty and student musicians, including Stanley Chepaitis, Rosemary Brumbelow, Jason Worzbyt, Kevin Eisensmith, Christian Dickinson, Irvin Kauffman, Carl Rahkonen, Linda Jennings, Jacob Ertl, Therese Wacker, and Michael Kingan. Choreography is by Holly Boda-Sutton with costumes designed by Lori Miller.

Tickets for An Evening of Story Legends In Music and Dance are available in advance at the Hadley Union Building and online. Seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Tickets may also be purchased with a credit card by calling the HUB Box Office at 724-357-1313.

General admission tickets are priced at $15 for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens and groups of 15 or more, and $10 for students and children.

For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 or e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu. IUP Dance Theater is produced by the Department of Theater and Dance and the College of Fine Arts. It is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association.

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An Evening of Story Legends in Music and Dance

An Evening of Story Legends in Music and Dance

November 1, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

Co-directed by Jack Stamp and Holly Boda-Sutton, the IUP Dance Theater and Music faculty will present Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale (Histoire Du Soldat).

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For more information, visit An Evening of Story Legends in Music and Dance, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.