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Ballet choreographers use ‘Apollo’ as their muse

Sacramento Ballet dancers will perform three original pieces on May 15. Courtesy photo
Sacramento Ballet dancers will perform three original pieces on May 15. Courtesy photo

Apollo descends on Folsom’s Three Stages — three muses, three choreographers, three pieces.

Opening Thursday, May 15, and running through Saturday, May 17, The Sacramento Ballet presents its 2014 Modern Masters program, including three original choreographed pieces, at Harris Center for the Arts’ Three Stages at Folsom Lake College. The Thursday and Friday performances will be at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m.

The fourth piece, which opens the program, is George Balanchine’s “Apollo,” under the direction of Sacramento Ballet’s Co-Artistic Directors Ron Cunningham and Carinne Binda. At its debut in 1928, “Apollo” was instantly hailed as a masterpiece and has since been described as the wellspring from which all subsequent contemporary dance was derived.

According to Greek mythology, Apollo, god of music, song and poetry, had three muses who instructed him in the classical arts. Coincidentally, three guest women choreographers will create and premiere three new dance pieces for Modern Masters.

Molly Lynch is an award-winning choreographer with over 30 years of experience and is currently an associate professor of dance at the University of California, Irvine.

Melissa Barak was the youngest choreographer in New York City Ballet history to be commissioned for an original work. She has created new works for American Repertory Ballet, Sacramento Ballet and Los Angeles Ballet.

KT Nelson is the co-artistic director of ODC /Dance in San Francisco and has choreographed m,ore than 60 works, including the annual production of “The Velveteen Rabbit,” which has toured nationwide.

This edgy, contemporary collection of works, described as “lights and tights,” which will emphasize the power and impressive physicality of the dancers.

“From the cradle of ‘Apollo’s’ creativity, three talented women rock with amazing choreographic invention,” Cunningham said.

Tickets are $45. Purchase tickets online at harriscenter.net or from Harris Center ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.

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