Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Avenue North, The Bowl of Edmonds, Edmonds
Olympic Ballet Theatre closes its performance season with an eclectic display celebrating the diversity of ballet. This annual production honors tradition and spotlights innovation, featuring excerpts from classical ballets by famed choreographers of the past and new contemporary ballet works by talented choreographers of today. The 2023 production of Summer Performance includes:
• Paquita Grand Pas Classique
This classical ballet excerpt with original choreography by Marius Petipa and music by Ludwig Minkus was added to Act III of Paquita in 1881. While most of the original ballet has been lost to time, Paquita Grand Pas Classique is a treasured part of many ballet companies’ repertoire to this day. This passage is considered a masterpiece of classical ballet, featuring a parade of variations, solos, and corps de ballet.
• A world premiere by OBT company dancer Alberto Gaspar.
Gaspar’s choreographic resume includes works created for St. Louis Ballet and Ballet Memphis, video works used for museum exhibitions, and two contemporary ballet pieces previously premiered at OBT – Transfigurations in 2019 and 1 in 10^2,685,000 in 2022.