Marigny Opera Ballet has announced its 2017-18 season.
Capping off three successful seasons of sold-out performances, Marigny Opera Ballet impresario Dave Hurlbert kicks off the 2017-18 season with world premieres; original music commissioned; edgy choreography; and stellar dancers. And that’s just to start.
Though Hurlbert remains focused on local and regional choreographers, he tapped New Yorker Teresa Fellion for “Book of Saints,” which runs Oct. 6-8. Fellion’s work, says Donald K. Atwood in World Dance Reviews, is “conceptually courageous”, exploring “the invisible and political boundaries people find when they cross them, such as ‘metaphorical boundaries’ in language. , culture and class. . ”
The new complete ballet is inspired by the lives of three saints: Teresa of Avila, Francis of Assisi and Sebastian Martyr. It will feature an original score composed by New Orleanian Tucker Fuller under the musical direction of Francis Scully of the New Resonance Orchestra. Both Fuller and Scully have been associated with the Opéra de Marigny for five years.
“Christmas Cocktails” is a holiday confection choreographed by Diogo de Lima, with music composed and performed by New Orleans jazz artist Larry Sieberth, “I Was Told There’d Be Cake” choreographed by Maritza Mercado- Narcisse (Gambit Award Winner, 2015) and Diversorios on Arcangelo Corelli’s beloved Christmas Concerto choreographed by Nikki Hefko. Performances are from December 1 to 3.
Following last season’s “The Art of Jazz”, “Made in New Orleans – Jazz Ballets” will take place January 26-28, 2018. The choreographer and jazz artists will be announced October 6, 2017.
“Giselle Deslondes,” last season’s sold-out hit, returns March 23-25, 2018 and features choreography by Maya Taylor and score by Tucker Fuller. This tale of the classic Giselle (1841) takes place in the Faubourg Marigny of the 1930s. It will again be conducted by Francis Scully and the New Resonance Orchestra.
Season passes are available online now at www.marignyoperahouse.org. New to the company
New arrivals and new roles characterize season four. Bringing this deliberately eclectic season to life are Rehearsal Director Jarina Carvalho, Assistant Rehearsal Director Kellis McSparrin-Oldenburg, new dancers Nik Nelson and Derwin May, Jr., and apprentice Lauren Ashlee Small. McSparrin-Oldenberg danced principal and secondary roles with the Marigny Opera Ballet for three seasons.
Four thoughts from General Manager Dave Hurlbert